In honor of the upcoming Modifications for Expecting Mothers with Rachel (Read more and register here.), I'm sharing some delicious smoothie recipes borrowed from the founders of Simple Green Smoothies. These recipes are naturally abundant with folic acid, calcium, fiber, iron, protein, omega-3, magnesium, potassium, and Vitamin B6. While these nutrients are especially important during pregnancy, these smoothies can be enjoyed by others seeking a healthy boost.
Note from Kate: If you have a Vitamix blender; create away. Other blenders may require additional processing of the carrots-- know your blender before you begin. :-)
Baby Brain Booster Green Smoothie – Serves 2
2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups coconut water, unsweetened
1 cup pineapple
1 cup carrots, uncooked
2 tablespoons chia seeds
Baby Body Booster Green Smoothie – Serves 2
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
2 cups swiss chard, fresh
1 cup raspberries
1 cup strawberries
1-2 tablespoons flaxseed powder
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.
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