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3 BEST PREGNANCY + POSTPARTUM SMOOTHIES – NO PROTEIN POWDERS

June 11, 2019

I have always been obsessed with smoothies and have found that they are the most adaptive. Whether I was nauseous during my pregnancy, trying to shed a few lbs after pregnancy, or wanted to increase my milk supply, I could always make a few tweaks and Voila! – the custom smoothie medicine! While there are always recipes calling for specific (and expensive) protein powders, I put together my 3 favorite recipes for protein and nutrient-packed smoothies with NO protein powders necessary.

Eating smart is so important for pregnancy, breastfeeding, and postpartum weight loss. Our bodies are designed to thrive off of nutrients from the foods we eat. Focus on whole plant-based foods to get you the results you want. When we deprive our bodies of essential nutrients (AKA eating junky), we are taking away the building blocks for breast milk, repairing cells after birth and ultimately having the nutrients we need to signal to our body it is okay to let go of fat.

I highly recommend using a high powered blender for these recipes. If you really want that dreamy-creamy smoothie, you’ll need that extra umph to get those greens smooth. Recently we invested in a Vitamix, and its PURE LOVE. Seriously, if we are traveling anywhere longer than 10 days, I bring it in my suitcase!!! Yes, I am that crazy smoothie mom. If there are any ingredients that you don’t vibe with or you are a “banana-hater”, leave them out and sub in a cup of pears.

Before we get started, if smoothies are your thang, make sure to check out my Go-to Breakfast Smoothie Bowl, you will LOVE IT!!!

IRON RICH SMOOTHIE

Boost your iron level with this delicious smoothie, which also has Vitamin C to absorb the iron more easily. Iron deficiency is quite common during pregnancy and can cause weakness and fatigue. Adjust your intake accordingly to avoid becoming anemic. As you can see in the picture, I made mine into a smoothie bowl and topped it with granola! Divine!

What you need:

  • 4 oz fresh squeezed orange juice (I suggest getting this from your local farmers market)
  • 4 oz water
  • 1 cup frozen spinach – Great source of iron, magnesium, & 250 mg of calcium per cup!
  • 1/2 cup beets (Trader Joes has excellent Organic frozen beets) – improves digestive and brain health, & athletic performance
  • 3 pitted dates – promote natural labor, brain booster, high in disease-fighting antioxidants 
  • 1 tsp chia seeds – almost all carbs are fiber, high in protein and Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • 1 tbsp Blackstrap molasses – packed with iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium

Blend it on up and enjoy!

PROTEIN CHOCOLATE ALMOND SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup Coconut Yogurt (unsweetened) – tummy-pleasing probiotics, regulate digestive health. ( I like the So Delicious brand )
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 frozen banana – packed with Manganese (good for your skin), a great source of potassium (good for heart health and blood pressure) 
  • 2 tbsp cacao – more calcium than cows milk, dense with iron, magnesium, and antioxidants
  • 1 tbsp almond butter – magnesium (heart health by promoting blood flow), rich in protein and healthy fats
  • 1 dash of Xanthan Gum

Simple, packed with protein and perfect sweet treat for mammas!

I top mine with Lily’s SF, Vegan Chocolate Chips! 

MILK FLOW APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 cup 100% apple cider
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce – helps fight asthma, cancer, lowers risk of diabetes
  • 1 cup frozen spinach- Great source of iron, magnesium, & 250 mg of calcium per cup!
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Yogurt (unsweetened) –
  • tummy-pleasing probiotics, regulate digestive health. ( I like the So Delicious brand )
  • 1 frozen banana – packed with Manganese (good for your skin), a great source of potassium (good for heart health and blood pressure) 
  • Cinnamon to taste – has anti-inflammatory properties, improves sensitivity to Insulin, lowers blood pressure
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup iceOnce blended, top with oats and cinnamon for extra lactation boost and taste!

     


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Once blended, top with oats and cinnamon for extra lactation boost and taste!

I hope you try out some of these smoothies. If you love them, please tag me on IG! If you aren’t already, don’t forget to follow me or reach out on IG!!! -> @plantingseedsmamma

 

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