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Quick and Healthy Pregnancy Smoothies

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Pregnant mothers often get stranded when it comes to finding what they can quickly fix that will provide nutrients required by their body and for their expected babies. unlike other times, when pregnant mother have to adhere to nutritional diet for the sake of them and the baby. Therefore, it becomes paramount to drink and eat healthy foods since the health of their expected baby depend on them. One of the best foods any pregnant women can take is the smoothies.

There are different smoothies that a mother can drink to ensure that they increase the required nutrients while taking into account that the ingredients are safe for the pregnancy.

Important nutrients required during pregnancy

During pregnancy different nutrients are required by the mother for the development of the baby she is carrying.

 -Iron helps keep blood healthy and it boosts immunity.

-Fiber lowers blood pressure among other things

-Calcium is important in creating healthy bones and a healthy hearth for the baby.

-Folic acid prevents birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

-Proteins are important especially during the 2nd and 3rd trimester for the growth of the baby.

-Omega 3s is required for the development of the baby’s brain. Apart from fish, this can be sourced from most seeds and nuts.

-Magnesium helps in repairing and growth of tissues for both the baby and the mother.

-Potassium maintains electrolyte balance and sends nerve impulses.

-Vitamins create new red blood cells and antibodies for the baby, they also aid in brain development.

Quick and Healthy Pregnancy Smoothies

When thinking of what kind of a smoothie you are going to fix, take into consideration about the ingredients that are healthy for both you and your baby. Also, think about the nutrients that your body requires most during and even after the pregnancy. Think of ingredient that for example have iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein, folic acid, omega 3s and vitamins and avoid ingredients that contain caffeine.

 Fruits and berries are perfect for healthy smoothies. For green smoothies, make sure you include ingredients such as kales or spinach for they are rich in most of the nutrients required. Other ingredients like honey, mint leaves, ginger, and lemon are important for they add taste to your smoothie. Avoid adding sugar to your smoothie.

Banana-Berry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup of fresh spinach

1 cup of almond milk

½ banana

½ cup strawberries

½ cup raspberries

1 tbs flax seed powder

Instructions

  • Blend spinach and almond milk
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • To make the smoothie cold, freeze at least one of these fruits. This smoothie is for one serving and preparation takes just 5 minutes

Carrot-Pineapple Smoothie

 Ingredients

1 cup fresh spinach

½ cup carrots

½ cup pineapple

1 cup coconut water

½ banana

1 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  • Blend spinach and coconut water
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • To make the smoothie cold, freeze at least one of these fruits. This smoothie is for one serving and preparation takes just 5 minutes. Chia seeds are a good source of omega 3 thus helping in the development of the baby’s brain.

Pineapple-Banana Smoothie

 Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk

1 banana

1 ½ cups frozen pineapple (cut into chunks)

1 basil leaf

½ tsp peeled and grated ginger

Instructions

  • Blend coconut milk, banana, and pineapple chunks
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • This smoothie is for one serving. Preparation takes just 5 minutes. Ginger can be opted out.

Avocado-Ginger Smoothie

 Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup kale

¾ cup ripe avocado (cut into chunks)

¾ cup of cucumber

1 cup frozen green grapes

½ tsp ginger

Instructions

  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  • Blend coconut milk and kales
  • This smoothie is for two servings and it is rich in fiber. You can add natural honey to taste. Preparation takes just 5 minutes.

Mango-Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup turnip greens (or any other leafy greens)

1 cup coconut water

½ cup mango (cut into chunks and frozen)

½ cup pear (cut into chunks and frozen)

½ banana frozen

1 tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  • Blend the ingredients together until smooth.
  • This smoothie is rich in fiber and calcium which is necessary for the mother and the baby. It is for one big serving. Preparation just takes 5 minutes.

Blend it up!

Smoothies are perfect during pregnancy; they are quick to fix with most just taking 5 minutes of your time. They provide extra nutrients and fluids that are required for both the mother and the baby she is expecting. Mothers should know which ingredients they should avoid while preparing smoothies during different stages of their pregnancy.