According to a study of more than 18,000 women, switching just 5 percent of the protein you eat from animal-based to vegetable-based decreases your chance of ovulatory infertility by 50 percent. A great source of such protein is beans, and as the weather begins to cool down, you can try this hearty fall chili.
Chili Decreasing Infertility
Red Bean Chili
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (28 ounces) diced or crushed tomatoes
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) pinto or red kidney beans
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle chile purée
1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and stir frequently until onion softens, about 5 minutes. Stir in the spices and salt and cook for 1 minute more.
2. Add the tomatoes, beans, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes to blend the flavors, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rice vinegar, cilantro, and chipotle purée to taste.
We’ll be trying this and other tasty recipes this fall. For more interesting recipes or other tips on how to increase fertility, give us a call at 717-747-3099 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski