Most pregnant women feel just fine during their first trimester. However, there are those who struggle right away during the first six weeks of their pregnancy.
Extreme fatigue and nausea are just a few side-effects of those pregnancy hormones. Eating specific foods & the right prenatal vitamins can help with those symptoms. But even if you’re feeling fine, a nutritious boost is one of the best things you can to for the overall health of your and your baby.
If you cannot afford spending lots of time and effort in the kitchen, then instead of grabbing unhealthy snack food, treat yourself with this amazing pregnancy smoothie!
(and if you did go for the kit kat lasagna, here's how to work that off.)
This recipe gives you hands down the best protein smoothie for all expecting mothers out there:
Hey mama, let's get your glow on, here we go!
1/2 cup of fresh red grapefruit juice
1 large apple (sweet, cored, roughly chopped)
1 cup of destemmed lacinato/dinosaur kale
A heaping 1/2 cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped cucumber
3 to 4 tablespoons of hemp hearts (for example these great organic raw shelled hemp seeds by Manitoba)
1/8 cup of fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup of frozen mango
1/2 tablespoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil (if desired)
3 to 4 ice cubes (increased when necessary)
1. Slice a large red grapefruit. Juice a half of it or more until a half cup is filled. Put the juice in the blender.
2. Add the apple, kale, celery, cucumber, hemp seeds, mint leaves, mango, coconut oil, and the ice.
3. Blend the mixture on high until smooth. Adding a bit of water is optional, depending on your needs.
Pour the smoothie into a tall glass and ENJOY!
You can split the serving into two, making it into snack-size, and still get loads of super nutritious value!
Lacinato/dinosaur kale is used in this recipe due to its milder flavor, compared to the regular curly kale. You can also substitute the red grapefruit juice with coconut water or orange juice.
The American Pregnancy Association highly recommends pregnant women to be careful with herbal tea as well as herbal supplements as these substances may cause complications during pregnancy such as birth defects when consumed in medicinal amounts.
As a mom-to-be, it is also crucial to be cautious of buying commercialized smoothies from different stores as there are some ingredients known to be dangerous for pregnant women. Some of the fruits used in most smoothies, which are not recommended for pregnant women are pineapple, papaya, and grapes.
All in all, green smoothies are great for you because they simply contain the essential nutrients like folate, iron, and calcium, needed by mom and the developing child. They will also give you lots of energy to prepare yourself for when your baby arrives.
So, grab a glass of this super glow pregnancy smoothie for a healthier you and a healthy baby!