Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Leek are a member of the Allium family along with onions and garlic. Native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia, leeks have also been a staple of many European diets for centuries, and they are popular in many recipes around the globe. Leeks are a low-fat food and a great source of vitamins A, K and C, as well as selenium, folate and fibre- essential nutrients in relation to fertility. They also contain minerals such as iron (which is important for red blood cells) and manganese (involved in the regulation of brain and nerve function). Leek has been used medicinally for many years due to its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Nutritionally sweet potatoes are a super impressive vegetable and contain many fertility-friendly nutrients. Classed as one of your 5 plus a day, they provide a good amount of fibre, potassium, selenium, calcium, protein, iron, sodium, water iron, magnesium and zinc. Their bright colour gives away the fact that they are packed full of beta carotene and provide a high level of antioxidants. Sweet potatoes have a relatively low glycaemic index number, meaning that their carbohydrate is released more slowly into the bloodstream.
Leek and Sweet Potato Soup (makes 4-5 portions)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 leeks, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 litre vegetable stock (use an organic stock cube)
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Splash of double cream (Optional)
Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pan over medium heat, and saute the leeks, sweet potato cubes, and garlic for about 10 minutes. Stir in the vegetable stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove the soup from the heat. Blend the soup with a blender or hand mixer—season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix in the cream (optional) and continue blending until smooth. Why not double up the ingredients and freeze some? Enjoy!
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