Best Green Smoothies For Pregnancy

Are you pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant soon? Are you wondering about blending up some healthy green smoothies for pregnancy? We’ve gotcha covered with the best ingredients plus two awesome recipes. Read below!

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“I’m pregnant!”

That has to be one of the most exciting moments for a woman. Knowing that your body is now creating a precious little human is enough to make your heart explode, but also knowing its health falls on your shoulders can make your stomach drop. We know all about it – Jen has a son, Jackson and a daughter, Clare. Life changes when you are growing a baby inside of you.

So, what can you do throughout your pregnancy to make sure your baby (and you) are as healthy as can be these next 40 weeks?

Drink green smoothies.

It’s as simple as that. When you are pregnant it is important that you are giving your body a wide variety of nutrients—proteins, folic acids, calcium, omega 3s, magnesium, tons of vitamins, and more! Green smoothies have an abundance of these nutrients that are helpful for your growing baby and you.

It’s recommend that you eat 4-6 small meals a day while pregnant (instead of the traditional 3 meals), so feel free to make one of those meals a green smoothie. To help you blend your best during your pregnancy, we have included the following here:

  • a list of nutrients and foods to focus on
  • a list of things to avoid
  • two recipes we created specifically for you and your lil’ rawkstar

 

Essential nutrients for pregnancy


Folic Acid

Getting a good dose of folic acid is good for all sorts of healthy cell production. It is especially important during the first month of pregnancy.

Folic Acid is naturally found in the form folate which leafy greens (especially spinach and collard greens), strawberries, and beets are packed with.

 

Calcium

Calcium helps create healthy bones and a healthy heart, and your baby needs both! Aim for getting calcium in non-dairy forms.

Leafy greens, Almonds/Almond milk, Sesame Seeds, Flax Seeds

 

Fiber

Eating foods with fiber regularly will keep your regular during pregnancy, as well as lowering your blood pressure. The fiber is good for your baby, but even better for you!

Leafy greens (especially turnip greens and mustard greens), Raspberries, Cinnamon, Pear, Flax Seeds, Beets, Carrots, Oranges, Strawberries

 

Iron

Iron is one of the best ways to keep your blood healthy, and it also does a decent job boosting your immune system–both are necessary during pregnancy.

Leafy greens are PACKED with iron (especially spinach and swiss chard)

 

Protein

Protein is all about building your baby’s body, and your baby does a ton of growing during the 2nd and 3rd trimester.

Leafy greens (especially spinach, swiss chard, and mustard greens), Almonds/Almond milk, Hemp protein powder (does not have same affects as “hemp”)

 

Omega 3s

Our brains are very delicate and need to be maintained properly, but they especially need healthy development in the womb. Consuming omega 3s is one of the best ways to help your baby’s brain, and you should experiment with getting them in another way besides fish.

Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Walnuts

 

Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for tissue growth and repair, and both your bodies’ tissues are working overtime during your term.

Leafy greens (especially spinach and swiss chard), Coconut water

 

Potassium

Potassium does a variety of things for your body: maintains electrolyte balance, sends nerve impulses, helps muscles to contract, and helps to capitalize on potential energy from fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Who doesn’t need an energy boost when pregnant?

Leafy greens (especially spinach and swiss chard), Beets, Carrots, Banana, Avocado, Coconut water

 

Vitamin B6

Many B vitamins are helpful during pregnancy, but vitamin B6 is one of our favorites! The two most important things it does for your baby are creating new red blood cells and antibodies, and aiding in healthy brain development.

Leafy greens (especially spinach and turnip greens), banana, avocado, pineapple, cantaloupe

 

What to avoid when pregnant:


Heavy doses of herbs
Cilantro is a heavy metal cleanser. Parsley can cause gestation issues. You don’t have to avoid herbs all together, just don’t make them a staple in your diet.

Unwashed fruits and veggies
There can be harmful pesticides and chemicals on fruit that hasn’t been properly washed.

Excess caffeine
This isn’t normally a problem with green smoothies, unless you are using green tea as a liquid base. Use it in moderation.

Spiked green smoothies
We haven’t heard of anyone spiking their green smoothies with alcohol yet, but pregnancy probably isn’t the time to start.

One quick word of caution! Green smoothies and eating healthy are great things to do while pregnant, but avoid doing a full-blown cleanse or detox (drastic changes in eating habits can cause a detox, too). If your body begins to detox while pregnant, then these nasty toxins will leave your body any way possible–including through the placenta and into your baby. Doing a body cleanse is a great thing to do, but just make sure to do it when your baby isn’t dependent upon you to nourish it.

 

Baby Booster Green Smoothie Recipes


Now, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for! These two green smoothie recipes are PACKED with the essential nutrients we discussed above. Cheers to you and your baby’s health!

Baby Brain Booster Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups coconut water unsweetened
  • 1 banana*
  • 1 cup pineapple*
  • 1 cup carrots uncooked
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach and coconut water

  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth

Recipe Notes

*Freeze at least one of these fruits to make the smoothie cold.

 

Baby Body Booster Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups swiss chard
  • 2 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 1 banana*
  • 1 cup raspberries*
  • 1 cup strawberries*
  • 1-2 tbsp flaxseed powder

Instructions

  1. Blend swiss chard and almond milk

  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth

Recipe Notes

*Freeze at least one of these fruits to make the smoothie cold.

Congratulations! We wish you a healthy pregnancy and many special moments ahead. We would love to share pic of you drinking a green smoothie while pregnant. If you have any you would like to share with us, send us an email at: hello(at)simplegreensmoothies.com.

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83 Responses to “Best Green Smoothies For Pregnancy”

  1. Jessica 1.22.2017 at 8:14 pm #

    Can I use spinach or kale instead of the Swiss chard or is the Swiss chard better?

  2. Jessica besse 1.14.2017 at 9:17 am #

    Hey I was wondering if you did free samples for new mom?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.18.2017 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for reaching out. We don’t offer free samples at this time, but we want to wish you congratulations and sending you plenty of love!!

  3. Jamie 11.27.2016 at 6:41 am #

    Some green smoothies in a bottle that you buy from a grocery store, has a warning on the label that says it should not be consumed by pregnant women because the drink wasn’t pasteurized. So how do I know if I can consume a smoothie I make from scratch? How do you pasteurize?

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.2.2016 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Jamie,

      Pasteurization is important when a product is going to be stored, it helps prevent bacteria growth that may be harmful to your body in products like dairy, greens, and fruit juices. Blending up a green smoothie is like eating fresh fruits, veggies, + leafy greens, we just pop them in the blender before consuming. When consuming any produce do we suggest giving your ingredients a good wash before enjoying. Learn more about how we clean our produce here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/washing-produce

      And if you have any concern, it’s always best to check with your physician or OBGYN.

  4. Nithya 5.27.2016 at 1:57 pm #

    Hi,

    Good information! I just found that I’m 5 weeks pregnant. Green smoothies is my staple breakfast with most of the ingredients listed are added to my smoothies

    I add mint leaves and ginger to my smoothies. Could you please tell me if I can continue adding mint and ginger to my smoothies during my pregnancy. I see that you have listed “herbs” in avoid section.

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.30.2016 at 6:35 pm #

      Hi Nithya,

      Congratulations! We suggest avoiding herbs like cilantro, parsley + mint because of their detoxifying properties. The toxins they help remove from your body are passed into your blood stream and therefore can be passed onto baby. While you don’t need to avoid them entirely, we simply suggest you just don’t make them a staple in your diet.

      Looking for a second opinion? It’s always a great idea to run any health concerns past your doctor or midwife.

  5. Vindy 4.24.2016 at 10:07 am #

    Hi, so I would like to know how many green smoothie can a pregnant wome have?
    I would think once a day is fine right? I’m 13weeks so I would really like to nurish my baby and also not gain extra weight then what I am

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.25.2016 at 5:44 pm #

      Hi Vindy,

      Congratulations!! We suggest sticking t0 16oz, which is one serving. If you’re ever concerned it’s always great to double check with your OBGYN or midwife.

  6. Heather 4.18.2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Fantastic! Thanks for the link! 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.19.2016 at 7:07 am #

      You’re so welcome, Heather!

  7. vicky 4.1.2016 at 7:24 am #

    Hi there, I’ve just found out i’m 5 weeks pregnant and really want to stay healthy throughout the pregnancy, Any other pro-pregnancy smoothies anyone can offer would be great to hear!
    🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2016 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Vicky,

      Congratulations! Green smoothies are a great way to fuel your body + provide baby with leafy greens, fresh fruits + nutrients!

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