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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!

Green Smoothies for Pregnancy | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

“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!

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Baby Brain Booster Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

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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


Notes

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

 

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Baby Body Booster Green Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks

Scale

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. Blend swiss chard and almond milk
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth


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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  1. Lindsay

    September 15th, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Hi there! Do you recommend fresh or frozen fruits for these yummy smoothies? Thanks! 🙂

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    September 18th, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Hi Lindsay,

    We love using frozen fruit! It ensures our green smoothies is creamy + chilled to perfection. But feel free to use either!

  3. Bere

    March 16th, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Hi! Thank you for this article, i just have two questions, is it ok if i just blend spinash, kale, chard and an orange for my breakfast juice or do i have to change something in the recepie? Am i giving with that good nutrients to my baby or am i doing it wrong?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 18th, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Hey Bere,

    That blend would be perfectly fine! However, it might be a little bitter since you have so many greens and not much fruit.

    Happy Blending!

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