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Fertile Foods – A Salad Recipe from an Expert Fertility Nutritionist Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on May 31st, 2016

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Fertile Foods – A Salad Recipe from an Expert Fertility Nutritionist

Wellness | Fertility Foods | Nutrition Program

Fertile FoodsHow is Medical Monday & infertility about salad? That question is simple to ask and answer.

The answer is that infertility and food have a relationship that is complex and layered. Sort of like the food art that Laura Wolfe, RDN, CDN, CDE has put together here for us.

It’s really pretty, isn’t it?


It’s healthy. And delicious. And easy. And relatively inexpensive. And guilt free. And well balanced. And nutritious. And easily adapted. And multi-layered. And can be what’s all ready in your refrigerator. And trendy. And perfectly proportioned. And designed just for you. And designed by you.

And! Laura Wolfe and Ellie Downs, BSN, RN, will be presenting a “What Can I Eat?” event at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)'s Stamford office on June 7. This workshop will offer reliable and specific ways to optimize eating on a fertility food plan to ensure that you know that you are making the wisest choices possible in trying to become healthier and ultimately, pregnant. This event is free and open to the public.

Fertility Foods & Salad Art

It’s Spring! Think Salads!

fertility-food-salad.jpgFiesta Salad

(Makes One Serving)

Add the ingredients in layers into a Mason Jar:

 ¼ cup black beans

¼ avocado

 Juice from one small lime

2 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp fresh cilantro

 ¼ cup corn

 ½ chopped red or green pepper

4 large red leaf lettuce leaves, torn into bite size pieces

5-6 black baked corn tortilla chips, slightly crumbled

Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

When ready to eat, pour salad contents onto a plate, so the oil and lime juice are distributed evenly over the vegetables. Serve immediately.


Nutrition Information:

Calories: 500

Fat: 15 grams

                  Saturated Fat: 3 grams

                  Trans Fat: 0 grams

                  Monounsaturated Fat: 12 grams

Carbohydrates: 41 grams

                  Fiber: 9 grams

Protein: 8 grams

What's Your Favorite Fertility Food?

Thanks Laura, for providing such a beautiful example of how to eat in a healthy and still delicious way.

My own hint?

I do 5 jars every Sunday, so lunch is made for Monday through Friday. I prefer the salad dressing on the bottom and then I shake gently to mix.

Sort of like a martini, without the alcohol, sugar or guilt.

Send us a picture of your Fertility Food concoction.

And tell us what your favorite ingredient is- mine’s not in this one.

Ask me if you want to know mine.

And, since we’re on and’s today- send us your favorite recipes. I can submit them to Laura and Carolyn Gundell, MS (fertility nutritionist at RMACT) and see what they have to say. They may have some suggestions to make your recipe fertility friendlier.

Bon appetite!

About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.