I have been pregnant three times, and I know how I'm not the only one that felt like I was eating the same things, day in and day out. I see pregnant women on a regular basis, and I am always looking at their diets, trying to come up with suggestions to add even more healthful calories and protein to their diets. Instead of just suggesting more eggs or more greens, I have been compiling a “pregnancy cookbook”. Below is one of my favorite recipes.
Smoothies are a great way to work in lots of calories, protein and even supplements without having to do too much work. They can be great snacks or even meals, depending on the ingredients.
I came up with this one during my pregnancy because it has a lot of ingredients that made me feel good, and it packs a nutritional punch.
The milk and yogurt cover your calcium for most of the day. The flax seeds (store in freezer to prevent rancidity) are a source of omega 3's-great for building your baby's brain. Almond butter and eggs are 2 good protein sources, and the berries add some antioxidant power and vitamin C. Also, because eggs contain albumin, they give your stressed pregnancy liver a break in helping to break down your proteins.
My favorite coconut oil is Garden Of Life Extra Virgin. Whatever you choose, make sure it is organic, unrefined and unprocessed. (This brand actually tastes like coconut, but coconut oil is not created equal, and some really taste awful.)
Maryn's Power Pregnancy Smoothie
½ cup milk (almond, raw, whatever you like)
1 cup plain, whole-milk organic yogurt
frozen banana, (½-1)
1 TBSP flax seeds
3 TBSP coconut oil (great for regulating blood sugar)
1-2 TBSP almond butter
2 raw eggs
frozen berries to thicken it up (blue/raspberries are good)
cinnamon, or other spice if you like it
Just put everything but the frozen fruit into blender and blend on high. Then add the frozen fruit and blend again. (Blending the coconut oil with the other ingredients first will prevent it from forming little balls of oil once it comes in contact with the frozen fruit). This smoothie is great for breakfast because it has just a little natural sugar, 30 grams of protein and over 700 calories!