Smoothies are a delicious and (with the right ingredients) healthy way of fueling your pregnant body with supplementary nutrients you and your growing babe(s) need(s). Although you may not be pushing your body to max effort during your pregnancy workouts, it is still important to quickly replenish those proteins and carbohydrates, as well as maintain hydration after the sweat session is over. I teamed up with one of my favorite mommas and Certified Holistic Nutritionists, Sarah Michaud, to bring you three smoothie recipes that include ingredients specifically geared towards helping the expecting mom to feel refreshed and fabulous post-workout or if you’re just in need of a healthy snack!
*All ingredients used were organic. However, that can get pricey. You can use this “dirty dozen” list of most contaminated fruits and veggies as a guide of what produce to try and buy organic.
Basil is surprisingly high in iron and folate, which is crucial during pregnancy. Always try to pair plant-based iron sources with Vitamin C to optimize absorption. Did you know that both pineapple and mango have more Vitamin C than oranges? Try the “Coco-Green” recipe for a quick-absorbing, nutrient-rich smoothie.
2. Due Date
What was once an old (mid)wives tale, apparently now has some scientific backing. A study from the Jordan University of Science and Technology found that eating six dates per day in the last four weeks of pregnancy can help cause labor to begin spontaneously (which helps avoid labor-inducing drugs like Pitocin) and even shorten the first phase of labor. So save this smoothie for the end of your pregnancy!
3. Chocolate Cherry Dream
Tart cherries are great for reducing swelling and inflammation, a common occurrence in pregnant mommas. Try the “Chocolate Cherry Dream” to not only help reduce swelling in the hands and feet, but to also get in some vital nutrients.
Madeline Mosier Timm has coached CrossFit and fitness classes since 2011 and has been a competitive CrossFit athlete participating at the CrossFit Games Regional events, as well as numerous local unsanctioned CrossFit competitions. She is a momma to an energetic toddler, with baby number two on the way! She works hard to empower others to live a confident, sexy, and active lifestyle by focusing on overall wellbeing, proper nutrition and fitness.
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