I’m sure a lot of you have had a smoothie or two at some time in your life, so it’s not that a big deal when talking about them. Unless of course you throw everything, including the kitchen sink, in there to make it a meal! When I was pregnant with Emma, someone at work told me about Dr. Oz’s ultimate pregnancy smoothie and I became intrigued. I usually started off my day with a smoothie, since I was always running late and had an hour commute, so they seemed quick and easy. It didn’t take me long after starting my new job that I found out I was pregnant so it became imperative that I get lots of good nutrients in.my.belly.
While I admit I’ve been off Dr. Oz’s bandwagon for some time, he at least got the ball rolling for me in the creative department. I want to let you in on what I put in my smoothies as of late. They have changed since having baby girl and even more so now that we have gone paleo. First, I’ll show you some of the ingredients I put in there, then list them for you. I have also found you can seriously put anything in there-like chia and flax seeds to get your omega-3s (if you haven’t heard of them, get them in your fridge now!) . I will say I was blessed to get my mom’s Vitamix that she no longer uses and have to say it’s AMAZING! That thing can grind up anything, peel and all!
This is how I make my smoothies including some extra goodies in there (sorry I don’t have exact measurements-I usually eyeball it):
- frozen berries/peaches/mangoes/etc
- coconut yogurt
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 2 TBSP flax seeds (you can buy them whole and ground ‘em yourself)
- a handful of spinach or kale
- small piece of celery
- frozen broccoli
- half an avocado
- half an apple
- sliver of lime
- some coconut or almond milk
- a spoonful of almond butter
- an egg (haven’t tried it yet but know people do it)
- 1 banana
I don’t usually add ice due to the frozen fruit and if I run out of almond milk I will add some water ’cause that puppy can get thick! Play around with it and see what strikes your fancy.
The point is a smoothie can be very beneficial to get your necessary nutrients when you are in a pinch (especially when you are prego). Your smoothie should probably be more green than red but play around with it and see how it goes.
So tell me more, tell me more…what crunchy items do you put in your smoothies or are you anti-smoothie?