Smoothies are the perfect addition to your preconception/pregnancy diet when looking for something both delicious and nutritious. They are very easy to digest, packed with vitamins and nutrients that will increase your energy, and can help stabilize your blood sugar levels. It’s a perfect boost to nourish yourself and your baby.
We created a smoothie recipe that is full of goodness for any pregnant woman looking for a healthy snack. Here’s what’s inside:
- Dates have been shown to reduce the time in labor when added to a diet at the 32-week mark.
- Bananas are a great source of B6, a vitamin that helps babies develop their central nervous system. The potassium in bananas can also help leg cramps which can be a huge discomfort over the course of your pregnancy.
- Avocados contain a high amount of folic acid, which is essential for the healthy development of the fetus in early pregnancy, in particular, the neural tube, the precursor to the central nervous system.
- Pineapple is great because it is low in saturated fat, and high in fiber to help ease constipation, one of the most common problems during pregnancy. In fact, eating pineapple during the week after ovulation can help you get pregnant because it contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that thickens the uterine lining to help egg implantation.
- Chia seeds are a perfect smoothie addition. They’re loaded with minerals like iron to support the blood, magnesium to help relieve stress, and calcium to help strengthen your bones. Studies have even shown that diets that include chia seed may improve insulin resistance and normalize blood lipids!
- Maca powder should be one of your go-tos when trying for a baby. Adding it to your diet will increase your energy, balance your hormones, and even boost fertility levels.
- Almonds are called “The King Of Nuts” for a reason. They are an excellent source of healthy fats, protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin E. They’re heart-healthy and are very high in anti-oxidants.
- The final ingredients in this smoothie are walnuts, another nut that is high in anti-oxidants and rich in omega 3’s, and goji berries, the most “nutrient dense” fruit in the world!
Even if you’re not trying for a baby, this smoothie recipe makes a delicious and nutritious treat that you can enjoy at any time.
The Ultimate Preconception/Pregnancy Smoothie
- 3 frozen pieces of pineapple chunks
- 3 dates
- 1 small frozen banana, chopped
- 1/4 large avocado or 1/2 small avocado, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of plant based protein powder
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 ice cubes
- 3 crushed walnuts
- 1 teaspoon goji berries
- sprinkle of organic shredded coconut
Blend all the ingredients together and top with toppings.