When you think of smoothies, you may think of the middle of summer, but these energizing DIY smoothies are perfect year-round to help relieve much of the body strain associated with pregnancy and keep you feeling well all day long.
When you’re pregnant, you shouldn’t drink caffeinated beverages or energy drinks. It’s important that your diet remain as healthy as possible, and the following smoothies will keep your body well nourished. The growing baby within a pregnant female uses up a lot of essential nutrients and minerals.
Bright Sunshine Smoothie
This one will give you lots of energy in the morning, and it contains plenty of vitamins. 70 mg of vitamin C is recommended for moms to be, and this is easy to get out of the recommended 2-4 servings of fruit per day.
2-3 juiced tangerines
1 juiced ruby red grapefruit
1 C of frozen strawberries
Juice the chilled tangerines and grapefruit. Afterwards, blend this juice with the frozen strawberries.
Flax Fiber DIY Smoothie
Constipation is a common issue during pregnancy. Constipation stops your digestive system from its normal function. This means that your body suffers from a lack of nourishment. The APA recommends 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day during pregnancy.
½ frozen banana, cubed
1 C frozen strawberries
2 tbsp. flax seed meal
1 C vanilla soymilk
Blend the above. You’ll likely get the rest of your daily allotment of fiber from the other foods in your diet.
Spinach and Kale Green Madness
Fruit is great, but your body needs healthy green smoothies like this one to avoid long-term fatigue. Your body will need about 4 servings of vegetables per day, and this DIY smoothie contains essential nutrients like folic acid. 0.4 mg per day of folic acid is recommended during pregnancy.
1 C spinach
2 C kale
½ a ripe mango
3-4 drops maple syrup
½ C water
½ C ice
This one blends easily, and the superfood kale is just amazing for you.
Banana and Peanut Butter Tofu Shot
The amino acids found in various proteins are literally the building blocks of all life, and pregnant women often feel tired when protein levels are low. You may not be lifting weights, but the baby inside of you is building muscle. Pregnant women require around 3-4 servings of protein daily, and that equals 70 grams of protein per day!
½ C soft tofu
1 C vanilla soymilk
1 frozen banana, cubed
½ tbsp peanut butter
Just hit blend. Also, you can add soft tofu to almost any smoothie for additional protein in your diet. It usually won’t change the flavor much.
Iron is another important component of your diet while pregnant. You are digesting nutrients to create blood within yourself and the baby, and iron is one of the most vital minerals for this. A lack of iron causes an anemic state, and this can leave you feeling extremely tired.
2 C packed-in spinach
1 C packed-in kale
2 C frozen chopped watermelon
1 frozen banana, cubed
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tbsp maple syrup
Hit blend! This smoothie has oodles of iron for you.
Mixed Berry Dairy Smoothie
Most doctors recommend milk during pregnancy. Milk contains lots of calcium, and it also contains many other vital nutrients and minerals. Calcium helps form strong bones, and it also assists with healthy muscle, nerve and blood function. Whole milk also contains healthy fats that your body needs for the development of your baby’s brain and eyes.
1 C frozen mixed berries
2 small bananas, cubed
1 C vanilla yogurt
1 C whole milk
1-2 tbsp honey
Honey may not be safe for babies to eat directly, but it’s great for you to eat while pregnant.
Sometimes your body needs a good dosage of B and C vitamins to get you going. This smoothie is perfect anytime for a pick-me-up. Don’t let pregnancy zap away your energy levels.
2 C frozen mango chunks
1 C plain yogurt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tbsp honey
1 tsp lime juice
The B12 in the yogurt is essential during pregnancy, and it also helps your body stay energized all day.
The importance of a balanced diet is essential to overcoming fatigue during pregnancy, and you should remember to drink plenty of water. Keep track of your dietary intake closely. These smoothies are a great way to make up for the missing elements of your diet.
Related Content: The Role of Protein During Pregnancy
Most women recognize that the foods they eat play a huge part in helping their child to grow in the uterus. The quality and composition of foods eaten during pregnancy is just as important as the amount of food eaten. Protein is particularly useful because it helps to form new cells and build the body of the fetus.