Summertime Smoothies

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Staying energetic during your pregnancy is important, especially as Thailand’s green season comes to an end.

A vitamin-packed smoothie recipes can help you beat the tropical heat and the humidity of rainy season.

Don’t forget smoothies aren’t meant to have instead of a meal, but rather help you out through the day. Pregnant women should always try to have a balanced diet and make sure their diet consists of foods from all five food groups. A smoothie isn’t meant to replace breakfast, but enhance it. And please note that these recipes are not suitable for pregnant women who have diabetes.

Summertime Smoothies

Important note: although the below smoothies are delicious, please keep in mind that you should not have more than one glass per day. Four to five servings of fruit is the recommended amount for pregnant woman. So if you’re making extra, share with others in your family!

Here’s is our list of our favourite recipes!

The Energizer

A good breakfast is essential to starting the day off strong. If you suffer from morning sickness, or have an active baby doing acrobatics in your belly overnight, getting a proper breakfast can be difficult. This smoothie recipe is quick, tasty and most importantly packed with all the vitamins to energize you from the get-go.

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 cup pomegranate (cranberry is an okay substitute)
  • 2 cups ice

The Cleanser

Antioxidants are not only essential to good health, they also help decrease stress levels. This delicious smoothie is an antioxidant powerhouse, high in both vitamin C and fiber. Antioxidants protect and repair cells, which research shows can help give the immune system a boost. In addition to helping you fight off sickness, there is also evidence that taking in antioxidant-rich foods, like many fruits and vegetables, can help you decrease stress.

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple cubes
  • 1 banana (preferably frozen)
  • 1/4 cup strong green tea, cooled
  • 2 to 4 ice cubes

The Revitalizer

While you are pregnant you’ll probably tire more easily and more frequently throughout the day. While naps are a must to feel your best, you can also get that extra mid-day kick from a smoothie high in protein like this one. The flax seed also provides a burst of omega-3 fatty acids, which is scientifically proven to aid the neurological and early visual development of children.

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 6 ounces plain nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

The Booster

Many women suffer from anemia during pregnancy, and this smoothie is just the thing to help get those iron levels back up. Tomato is the star ingredient and it’s rich in vitamin C. This smoothie is reminiscent of a Bloody Mary or Caesar. Don’t use tabasco or hot sauce if you’re prone to heartburn. Eating tomato also helps absorb iron from other iron rich foods like meat.

Our dieticians recommend the Booster as a once-in-awhile smoothie and not everyday, because it’s so heavy in beta-carotene. You can get vitamin C from many other sources in addition to tomatoes, such as oranges, papaya, strawberry and broccoli.

  • 2 cups (chopped) tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup carrots
  • 1/4 cup (chopped) celery
  • Tabasco or hot sauce to taste
  • 2 cups ice

The Soother

This smoothie helps soothe the nausea of morning sickness. It’s easy on the stomach and full of nutrients, so it’s perfect to either start the day or to wash down your prenatal vitamins, which could be a culprit of your queasiness. The secret is avocado, which has a great blend of micro- and macro- nutrients. Vitamin B6, also helps fight the nausea.

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/3 avocado, peeled and removed seed
  • 1 cup water
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2 Comments

  1. Elena Avanti  /  October 19, 2012, 7:26 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    I tried the The Energizer yesterday morning and really love it so will have it again this morning!

    • ExpectingExpats.com
      ExpectingExpats.com  /  October 19, 2012, 8:12 am Reply

      We’re glad you like it. Let us know when you try the other smoothie recipes.

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