Pregnancy Smoothies with Sara

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Here I am, 5 months into my first pregnancy. It's July and hotter than Hades outside. Anyone else in the same boat? 

Being active when the sun and heat are causing you to sweat profusely from every inch of your swollen body is notsomuch an easy task. If you're anything like me, once you've completed your sweat-laden adventure you're starving. Like, hungrier than a spring bear, don't you dare get between me and the refrigerator or it's gonna get ugly kinda hungry.Yes? You too? I knew it! 

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Instead of reaching for the closest thing to your mouth (which is what I've been known to do), here are two pregnancy friendly smoothies to keep you cool and energized during these summer months. Both are packed with awesome, super beneficial nutrients for you and your growing baby and they're different enough to keep your taste buds excited. 

 

Sara's Pregnancy Green Smoothie

This smoothie is the perfect mix of nutrient dense greens and sweet flavors. In just one smoothie you're getting iron, folate, potassium and B+C vitamins plus lots more. Not too shabby, huh?

2 Handfuls Baby Spinach

1/2 Frozen Banana

1/3 Cup Fresh or Frozen Mango

1-2 Tsp. Local Honey (depending on how sweet you like it)

1 Tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger (add more if you love ginger)

Ice + Water

Combine all ingredients in blender/bullet/Vitamix and blend until combined. Add more ice if you aren't using frozen banana and mango. Add more or less water depending on the consistency you prefer. Pour that sucker into a mason jar, throw in a cute straw and have yourself a cocktail….er….smoothie! 

 

Sara's Pregnancy Tropical Protein Smoothie

For the ladies who prefer a creamier smoothie, this one is for you. Adding yogurt with protein and probiotics for a healthy digestive system makes this smoothie a nutritious and delicious choice. 

1 Frozen Banana

1/2 Cup Fresh or Frozen Mango

1 Tsp. Freshly Grated Ginger (add more if you love ginger)

1/3 Cup Plain Yogurt

Ice + Almond Milk (or milk of choice)

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Combine all ingredients in blender/bullet/Vitamix and blend until combined. Add more ice if you aren't using frozen banana and mango. Add more or less almond milk depending on the consistency you prefer.

 

 

Benefits

Spinach: High in Iron which is needed to support increased blood volume and flow. Keeping your iron levels up will keep you from feeling tired and lacking energy.

Banana: Bananas contain Calcium which assists in bone development for your growing baby. B6 found in the fruit acts as a neurotransmitter which boosts the growth of red blood cells in the body and fends against anemia. Vitamin C acts as an anti-aging antioxidant and boosts your immune system. Potassium helps maintain blood pressure in mamas and the three natural sugars found in bananas (glucose, fructose and sucrose) are a great energy source for those extra tired days.

Mango: This delicious fruit is a great source of Vitamin E, which helps build healthy muscles. Getting enough Vitamin E has also been linked to reducing pre-eclampsia and low birth weight.  Then there's Vitamin A, which is well-known for maintaining eye health. Mangos are also a good source of Folic Acid (Folate), which helps prevent birth defects including spina bifida and cleft palate.

Ginger: Known for it's anti-nausea miracles, ginger contains phenols that relax the stomach muscles and act similar to a sedative on irritated tummies.

Yogurt: Containing about 9 grams per 6 ounce serving, yogurt is a good source of protein, especially for vegetarian mamas. And of course, many yogurts contain the friendly bacteria known as probiotics which helps to boost your immune system and keep your digestive tract healthy.

Local Honey: This may be my favorite part of every smoothie. Local honey is the bees knees (pun intended) and there are so many great places to find it here in Georgia. Local honey contains natural antibiotic properties and the ability to reduce allergic reactions and seasonal allergies.


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Sara Wiles is a health and happiness coach, and the force behind the newly launched hisarawiles.com. A certified yoga teacher, runner and clean foods enthusiast, it is her mission to help others live healthier and happier lives.