Carefully considering what we put into our bodies during pregnancy is the very best way to ensure we remain healthy and happy until—and even after—baby arrives. That said, in today’s fast-paced world, many mamas have trouble ensuring they are getting enough of the right kinds of foods every day.
Nausea during the first trimester makes keeping food down a difficult task, and extreme hunger during the latter part of pregnancy makes it impossible to feel full. In order to ensure you are getting the proper nutrition through it all may require thinking outside the box.
One of the best ways to up your nutrient intake and ease common pregnancy ailments is to mix up a delicious smoothie. If this seems too good to be true, go ahead and try it for yourself! You’ll be surprised just how much these tasty beverages can add to your diet throughout your pregnancy.
Not sure what to put in your smoothie? The first step is to decide what exactly you would like your drink to do for you. Here are a few suggestions:
Of course, everyone wants their smoothies to be as nutritious as possible. This is even more important than usual when you are growing a baby. So how can you ensure your beverage is packed full of great nutrition? Try adding a few of these to the mix:
Because many women suffer from nausea during pregnancy, keeping food down can be hard at times. Smoothies are an ideal way to get in some nutrients despite the food aversion and severe nausea often experienced during the first trimester. Add in one of the ingredients below to make your smoothie a soothing solution for your nausea as well:
- Fresh lemon juice
For Sore Muscles
The many changes that a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy can cause aches and pains in a wide variety of places. In order to ease sore muscles, it is important to eat anti-inflammatory, healing foods such as the ones listed below. Any of these would be great in a smoothie:
- Pomegranate juice
One of the least magical parts of pregnancy, constipation is a cause of suffering for at least half of the pregnant population. If you are having these sorts of digestive problems, the solution may be as easy as adding certain foods to your diet. Try adding these ingredients to your smoothies for relief:
Did you know that pregnant women should eat at least 60 grams of protein a day? That is probably quite a bit more protein than you usually manage to eat. However, it is possible to do so. By picking the right foods, you’ll be on your way to meeting your protein goals in no time. For a start, you can pick some of these items as smoothie ingredients:
- Peanut butter
- Greek yogurt
- Almond butter
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your baby when you are expecting. Of course, the best way to go about this is to drink water throughout the day. That said, sometimes you are in the mood for something sweet to drink. In those cases, a smoothie containing ingredients such as these can be used as a way to hydrate and get in some vitamins:
- Honeydew melon
- Coconut water
Every smoothie needs a base. Bases help create the smoothie consistency you desire. There are a variety of base options out there, and depending on how thick, thin, or creamy you want your smoothie to be, you may choose one base on a given day and another base on the next. Experiment with the bases below and find the texture you are looking for:
- Yogurt or Greek yogurt
- Milk of any kind
- Coconut water
- Fresh-squeezed fruit juices
Once you have decided on the best ingredients for your smoothie, simply toss it all in the blender and mix it up. You’ll end up with an excellent snack or mini-meal you are sure to love!