Smoothies in Pregnancy

With the rollercoaster of pregnancy hormones, do you find it hard to know what to eat to be in the best health for you and baby, particularly in the first trimester?

If you’ve just answered “yes”, I totally understand, because I’ve been where you are now, twice.

Trying to eat healthily in pregnancy can come with a few challenges, so wouldn’t it make sense to have a quick and easy solution on hand for when the nausea, morning sickness, food aversions along with the overwhelming smell of food stops you eating the foods you love?

This is where a properly made smoothie can come to the rescue, and while I prefer the thought of chewing food, smoothies are a great way to compile nutrient-dense goodness, that’s so easy to prepare as a back-up plan.

 

Here’s the deal…

Prenatal smoothies should be prepared with ALL of the food groups essential during pregnancy for both moms and babies.

Smoothies can give you many of the nutrients you need in pregnancy, at a time when eating and chewing food not be appealing (particularly in the first trimester). You may even find them easier to keep down if nausea and morning sickness is bothersome too.

And, the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to prepare a smoothie so it’s a perfect last minute solution.

 

What’s the added bonus?

Veggies!! When the thought of eating vegetables churns your stomach, you can easily sneak them into your smoothie and get the fibre, vitamins and minerals they offer without even tasting them. Sounds good to me!!

 

What’s the catch with making a healthy smoothie?

There are “healthy” and “unhealthy” smoothies!

The difference between these two versions really depends on the quality and quantity of the ingredients that are used to make them.

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One of the downfalls of a smoothie is their propensity to contain large amounts of “added” sugars ,so if they’re not made up with all of the essential food groups they can be loaded with sugar!

The unhealthy. high sugar version not only reduces the nutrient density of a smoothie, consuming too much of it may increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes.

This is just one of the reasons I don’t recommend buying pre-made smoothies. These tend to be higher in added sugar than any homemade smoothie, making it far less nutritious despite what it tells you on the bottle.

 

Make your own…

Homemade prenatal smoothies puts you in total control, and you can adjust the ingredients you use to meet your specific pregnancy needs.

Adding in healthy fats, proteins, complex carbs and leafy greens, like kale and spinach, is going to give you many of the essential nutrients needed for your pregnancy.

Your homemade smoothie is also going to be tasty, filling and satiating, to leave you feeling fuller for longer rather than feeling hungry shortly after drinking it.

 

Prenatal Smoothie Blueprint

For all of your smoothies, it’s good to include –

  • Protein
  • Healthy fats
  • Fibre
  • Complex Carbs

The former 3 will balance out a smoothie and help to stabilise blood sugar. This combination will also provide essential nutrients that are important for pregnancy rather than a smoothie loaded with sugar.

Let me know what your favourite smoothie recipe is during your pregnancy!

 

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