Green Smoothies: A Pregnancy Must-Have to give Baby a Healthy Start

Green Smoothies: A Pregnancy Must-Have to give Baby a Healthy Start

Growing a baby is hard work, I can attest to that. Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life, but it comes with a great deal of responsibility. As a first time expectant mom, I sometimes find myself struggling to ensure that I am eating a healthy, balanced diet full of the key nutrients necessary to grow a healthy, happy baby. I love the thought of a fun summer salad, but those deep leafy green salads don’t particularly excite me. In fact, I often find myself drenching them in calorie-rich dressing just to get those nutrients down. So, I had to find an alternative way to get my folic acid, iron and antioxidants. That’s when I started drinking green smoothies. I think fresh juices are great, but smoothies, which retain all of the fiber and goodness of your ingredients, are better!

And now that I’m in my third trimester, I feel like a green smoothie expert after much experimentation. And, lucky for you, I have found some simple ways to make green smoothies taste delicious because who wants a drink that just tastes like blending spinach or kale. I look forward to the extra boost of energy that comes from a green smoothie in the morning and I’m sure baby loves it too.

My favorite green smoothie recipe:

The Tropical Green Smoothie

  • ½-1 cup of organic apple juice (or white grape juice)
  • a handful of ice cubes
  • 1-2 large leaves of kale
  • 1-2 cups of spinach
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • ¼ small lime with peel removed

Optional additives:

  • chia seeds or flax seeds
  • avocado
  • flaxseed oil
  • protein powder

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth or according to your preferred texture. Makes 1 large serving or 2 medium servings. Then enjoy!

The great thing about blended smoothies is that you can substitute ingredients without sacrificing taste. For instance, try banana instead of pineapple or add some yogurt for a creamier texture. Everything is customizable and the options are limitless. And, since the blender does all of the hard work for you, your digestive system just gets to kick back and enjoy all of the amazing nutrients!

If making green smoothies doesn’t appeal to you, look for local vendors that sell green blended smoothies, but try to stick to fresh smoothies because often store bought varieties lose much of their nutritional content due to oxidation.

I’ve recently gotten hooked on because they deliver right to your door in the San Francisco/Bay Area!

Do you have any green smoothie tips or recipes that you like? Have you found any good fresh smoothie vendors in your area?

Aaliya Yaqub MD

Dr. Aaliya Yaqub MD, is an internist and postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford University School of Medicine. She and her husband, are expecting their first baby later this month.

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