Life changes when you’re growing a baby inside of you.
It’s no longer just about you… Everything you do affects the baby inside of you.
That’s why I am always preaching that pregnancy is the most important time in our life to really take care of our health and fitness.
Everything we eat and don’t eat. Everything we do and don’t do will affect our baby in utero.
So, this is the best time to practice self-care and be as healthy as possible.
Eating healthy can be really hard during pregnancy, can’t it?
Between cravings, food aversions, morning or all-day sickness… It’s hard.
But you can’t avoid it.
So much of your baby’s growth and development and the health of your pregnancy is reliant on the nutrients and vitamins you consume right now.
Which is why I wanted to share this delicious Protein Smoothie Recipe with you.
And not only this one, but just protein smoothies in general are a great way to get tons of nutrients and vitamins in that will support your health, your pregnancy and your baby, especially if you are not eating super healthy or a great variety of foods (which is important).
In just one smoothie, you can add so many vitamins and nutrients (especially protein which is the most important one).
Check out this post to read about what you need to know about protein shakes and pregnancy.
Remember, that during pregnancy, it’s even more important than ever to have a small meal every few hours, probably 4-6 meals per day.
So, a smoothie is a great way to get an easy meal in.
Here are some nutrients that are important for you to consume during pregnancy and ones you can add to a smoothie.
- Folate (Folic Acid): found in dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. You can add these to a smoothie without it altering the taste. Winner winner chicken dinner.
- Protein: important for the development of your baby’s tissues and organs and needed for you to build muscle so you can burn excess fat and not gain so much weight. It’s so easy to add protein to a smoothie with a good protein powder like mPower Protein Powder for Pregnancy.
- Fiber: great for lowering blood pressure and improving digestion. It’s crazy easy to add this to smoothies by adding fruit and even flax meal or seeds.
- Omega 3’s: help your baby’s brain as well as reducing the risk of complications. You can add this in your smoothies with flax or chia seeds, almond butter, etc.
- Vitamins: so many are beneficial and the good thing about smoothies is that it’s so easy and so cheap to use a variety of different fruits in your smoothies.
The one thing you should always do when making these pregnancy smoothies, is add the protein powder.
If you don’t, not only are you missing out on an easy way to increase your protein which is necessary for the baby, but then the smoothies become a SUGAR BOMB.
Adding protein allows your body to digest it with a lower glycemic load because the protein lowers it and then you don’t get such a huge insulin spike which can promote gestational diabetes, energy drops and weight gain.
It was formulated by a doctor for pregnancy and postpartum.
It is medical grade, has a complete multivitamin in, has all the B vitamins so helps with energy has no artificial sweeteners or flavors.
And its silky smooth, no after taste and is insanely delicious.
Ok, before I give you this green protein smoothie recipe, I wanted to share with you a good blog on how to make the best smoothies, because the order of the ingredients as you make it matters for the perfect consistency and taste smoothie.Print
10 oz non-dairy milk of choice
1/2 banana (frozen, if possible)
1 cup spinach or kale
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 scoops mPower Protein Powder
In a blender, blend all the ingredients until smooth.
(Optional) Add ice until desired consistency.
I hope you enjoy this delicious and nutritious smoothie and that it helps you give your baby a healthier start.
Here is a few more delicious and easier to make pregnancy smoothies.
Remember, you can add greens to any of these. It really does not alter the taste. So, whenever you can add the greens, go ahead and do that.
Don’t forget to check out mPower.
Not only can you use it in your smoothies, you can shake it up with some water or milk for a quick on the go meal, and you can also add it to any baked good, oatmeal, coffee, yogurt to make it healthier and get that increased requirement of protein that is needed during pregnancy.
Still on the fence about trying mPower? Check out what these mamas had to say.