Pregnancy Smoothies You Should Be Drinkingby Elizabeth MacDonald
Smoothies are an easy way to pack in the nutrients during and after pregnancy. But during pregnancy, your body is in need of extra vitamins and minerals that you may not be getting enough of. Blending up some beautiful produce each day can ensure that you are getting everything you need, help to fight your fatigue, lessen swelling, and even prepare your body for labor.
Pull out your blender and start buying your produce in bulk because you’re about to fall in love with these delicious smoothie recipes.
Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, electrolytes, and healthy fats are all important to consume while pregnant. Making a smoothie at home means you skip the added sugars that most ‘healthy fast food’ stops include, and you keep it simply delicious.
A few ingredients you may want to add into your smoothies:
Ginger: Ginger is a is a great anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory spice and provides antioxidants.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: The darker and leafier, the better!
Nuts + Seeds: Adding nuts and seeds to your smoothies is a great way to get protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seeds and hemp seeds are some of the most nutritious seeds for your pregnancy smoothies.
Dates: Dates have been proven as an effective fruit to prepare the body for labor- shortening the average labor by hours if the woman consumes multiple dates a day throughout the last month of pregnancy.
Pregnancy Smoothies You Should Be Drinking
Tastes Lovely created the Ultimate Pregnancy Smoothie
This smoothie contains as many essential nutrients as a smoothie possibly can. It's perfect to drink for lunch throughout your whole pregnancy and even postpartum while you’re breastfeeding.
- 1 organic banana
- 1 ½ cups organic frozen berries
- 1 generous serving of organic greens
- 2 tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
- 2 tbsp organic flax/hemp seeds
- 6-8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
The Mega Green Smoothie from Parents Magazine
You’ll get all of your greens (plus ginger!) in with this crave-worthy smoothie.
- 1 ¼ cups coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen green grapes
- ¾ cup cucumber chunks (not peeled)
- ½ ripe avocado, cut into chunks
- ½ cup baby spinach or baby kale
- ¼ tsp ginger, peeled and grated
- Agave nectar to taste
Including dates, this smoothie is most beneficial the last month of pregnancy, but it tastes so good, you’ll be drinking it way before then!
- 1-2 cups of almond milk
- 4 pitted dates
- 2 cups of mixed spinach, chard, and kale.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2 bananas
- About 4 ice cubes (depending on how thick you like your smoothie)
- ½-1 tbsp chia seeds for topping
This smoothie gets you enough omega-3 fatty acids for the whole day by using nuts and seeds.Throwing in some avocado for healthy fats gives you a smooth, green smoothie that will boost your energy.
- 8 oz almond milk
- ½ an avocado
- ½ a frozen banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp ground walnuts
- 2 tbsp ground flax
If smoothies aren’t your favorite snack, you can freeze any of these recipes and eat them as popsicles!