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Emerald Green Smoothie for Pregnancy

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Smoothies are a great healthy pregnancy treat. During pregnancy get in your daily greens by blending them in smoothies. Add banana and mango for sweetness and avocado for a nice creamy texture. If you haven’t tried making a green smoothie for pregnancy, give this recipe a try. It is an easy, delicious way to add nutrients to your day!

When hunger strikes, give one of these pregnancy smoothie recipes a try for a great snack.

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How to make a green smoothie for pregnancy

I have to admit, although I have been making homemade smoothies for awhile, I was a little intimidated by the idea of a green smoothie. Mainly because I thought that the flavor would somehow be “off” by adding in greens. But after seeing green smoothies everywhere and understanding the health benefits, I resolved to give it a try.

And I am in love.

There are a few keys to make a green smoothie taste good:

  1. Start with a good base. I like using vanilla almond milk, yogurt or whey. Milk is a good option too.
  2. Add avocado for creamy texture.
  3. Choose at least 2 fruits. Berries, tropical fruits (think mango, pineapple) and bananas are all good choices.
  4. Use organic greens. I like the pre-washed packs of mixed greens. 
  5. Add some seeds. Chia seeds, hemp seeds and and/or flax seeds are all great options. I find if you soak your chia and flax seeds for about 5 minutes prior to blending that it comes out better.

I always thought you needed a high end, super speed blender to make green smoothies. But really just about any blender will do. I use this inexpensive Hamilton Beach blender and it works great. So leave the excuses behind you and give it a try!

 

Emerald Green Smoothie ingredients

 

Kids and green smoothies

Initially my kids were a little skeptical of green smoothies. So I started getting them involved in the process. I let them choose and gather the ingredients with me. They help put everything in the blender and most importantly they press the button to start.

Now when the smoothie is ready they are super excited to try out their creation. My toddler loves them so much that he generally goes around licking everyone’s glasses when they are finished. And sometimes he even cries for more when its all gone!

Having a smoothie as a snack together is a great way to get your little one eating healthy foods AND involved in your pregnancy. 

Check out this article with more tips to survive pregnancy with a toddler.

Best Tip for Pregnancy Green Smoothies

Getting extra protein is super important during pregnancy. Pregnant Moms need extra protein to help with baby’s growth, balancing blood sugar and providing energy.

If you are feeling tired all the time and always hungry, try adding more protein to your pregnancy smoothies. 

This protein powder just for pregnant Moms is a great option. 

Each serving contains 16 g of protein PLUS contains essential vitamins like folate and vitamin B12, as well as, pregnancy superfoods like red raspberry leaf, spirulina, and chlorella.

Use the code BIRTHEATLOVE  to get 10% off your first order. 

 

Emerald Green Smoothie

Emerald Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Delicious green smoothie made with avocado, spinach and mango.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla Almond milk (other non-dairy milk, milk, yogurt or whey)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup of frozen mango
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 big handful of organic spinach (or mixed greens)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients in the order listed into the blender.
  2. Blend on Smoothie/Puree function until smooth (2-3 mins)
  3. Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2-3 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 370Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 12gSugar: 20gProtein: 9g

I’d love to hear from you! Do you drink green smoothies? What are your favorite ingredients to add? Leave your comments below.

 

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