I don’t know about you, but my appetite has been really unusual since becoming pregnant.
Unlike many women who crave all types of foods, I haven’t been interested in much food at all. I am thankful that I haven’t been craving unhealthy food, but sometimes I wish my taste buds were interested in something! This makes it a little difficult when it comes to making sure I get the right nutrition into my diet. Although I am a healthy eater, healthy foods just are not something I’m craving lately (sounds kind of weird I know).
Because my appetite is hit or miss these days, a smoothie always comes in handy because I can pack lots of great tasting and healthy foods for the baby into one glass.
This is my “Perfect Pregnancy Smoothie!”
It’s made with ingredients that help momma and baby. I often make this smoothie to ensure I’m getting lots of nutrients into one meal.
I like to sweeten my smoothies with dates because dates provide fiber and potassium packed with sweetness. For pregnancy, dates may be particularly important. Studies show that women who ate dates daily during pregnancy were more dilated when labor began and needed less medication.
If you decide to make this your daily smoothie, please rotate your greens. Use Spinach one day, romaine the next, toss in kale, and try using collards or swiss chard! All of these dark leafy greens provide an abundance of naturally occurring Folate, which helps prevent birth defects.
Perfect Pregnancy Smoothie
- 1 & 1/2 Cups Coconut Water
- 1 Banana
- 2 Cups Frozen Berries
- 1/2 Small Beet raw & peeled
- 1/4 Lemon peeled
- 3 Medjool Dates pitted
- 1 tbsp Flaxseed
- 2 tbsp Almonds
- 1 handful Raw Greens
Blend until all ingredients are smooth!
Whenever I see your baby updates, I feel particularly happy for you because I have a difficult birth story. I was born three months premature at sixth months weighing less than a pound and had to be in the ICU for three months with little human contact. Luckily, my mom (who almost died as well as me) got healthy again and there has been no mental/physical problems due to my premature birth. I always worry about having a child someday myself and being more likely to have a preemie so it’s just lovely to see how healthy you are and how well your little tot is growing. And a vegan baby, at that! I hope you find motherhood to be all you hope for and enjoy the last two months before birth 🙂 x
Hi Katie! Thank you for your story. I am so happy to hear that all turned out well for you. If you want a baby, I say go for it! Every year there are new advancements in premature care, plus you may not even have a preemie. Either way, you will be a sweet loving mother. Thank you for your kind words! XOXO, Ashley.