Almost every cafe, restaurant and food court these days seems to offer the famous 'Green Smoothie'. Have you jumped on board this Kermit-coloured train yet? Before you roll your eyes and throw it in the 'it's only a quick trend' pile, please reconsider. Smoothies are not a new thing by no means, but they've definitely become more glorified over the past few years due to everyone realising just how amazingly easy, delicious and healthy they really are.
I'll put my hand up - I'm an addict. Since late last year, making and consuming a daily smoothie has become a ritual of sorts. And I feel really out of whack, if I don't have my glass of mushed up goodness at some stage during my day.
Whether you're pregnant or not, a smoothie is a fantastic way to 'eat' a massive range of nutritious foods, in the one hit. They are super easy to make (all you need is a blender) and depending on their contents they can fuel & maintain you just as much as a 'whole meal' can.
Feel free to add anything and everything to your smoothie recipes, there are no rules. However, if you're pregnant, be even more mindful of using washed and fresh ingredients and being aware of unsafe foods during pregnancy and/or your allergies. The fibre from the fruit is a great way to combat constipation, yet you can also add iron and protein through nuts, seeds, oils and even avocado. The options are endless.
Here are two Green Smoothie recipes that are perfect for expectant women:
Simply blend all the ingredients together and ENJOY! This recipe contains Folate, Omega 3, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Iron & Calcium.
Berry-licious with a Hint of Green:
Simply blend all ingredients and ENJOY! The avocado in this recipe is a nutritious way to add some good fats into your diet. Along with the protein from the Almond Milk and all the antioxidants and folate in the berries, you're feeding yourself and your growing baby very well!
Smoothies are a great breakfast or snack. For a FREE eBook full of healthy smoothie and juice recipes - head here.
I always sneak some avocado, cucumber, coconut oil or spinach into mine (and my children's) smoothies as you can't taste these extras, but they are filling and super nutritious.
Happy Blending Ladies :)