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Beetroot Buckwheat Salad

Laura Bond, Serves 1

Whether you are trying for a baby or not, buckwheat can help balance your hormones and protect your reproductive health.

How? Buckwheat contains the compound d-chiro-inositol, which has been shown to lower insulin and testosterone levels and increase rates of ovulation. Plus beetroot is a rich source of folate.


  • 2 organic beetroot
  • 1 spring onion
  • 100g buckwheat noodles
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1 tbsp apple cidevinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon juiced


Heat the oven to 180°C. Place 1 beetroot in the oven with skin on. Roast for 45 minutes (if you are short on time, then dice into small cubes and roast for 25-30 minutes). Meanwhile, make the dressing by juicing the lime and mixing together the remaining ingredients. Peel and finely chop the second beetroot into medallions and arrange on your plate. Slice half the avocado and finely chop the spring onion. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the buckwheat noodles. Cook for five minutes before draining and refreshing the noodles under cold water. When the beetroot is cooked peel and dice then arrange on the plate with the noodles and pour over the dressing.

About the author...

9 months and the baby is 3/5th engaged! Feel like it could happen any time now.

Laura Bond is a journalist and nutritional health coach. She specializes in helping clients beat stress, reduce their toxic load and prepare their bodies for babies.