Gwyneth's Pre and Post Natal Smoothies
Smoothies are one of my go-to’s as a busy working Mum, mainly because they’re a super quick and easy way to get a big dose of health boosting nutrition. Oh, and they taste great too! I also find they can be a great option both pre and post partum; good nutrition is crucial during both of these times but things like morning sickness or sleep deprivation can make eating and/or preparing big meals problematic, which is where a delicious smoothie comes in!
Both of the smoothies below can be enjoyed during pregnancy and when breastfeeding, and not only do they have a host of health benefits but they taste incredible (even if I do say so myself!)
1 handful of spinach
1/2 ripe avocado
1 tbsp almond butter
1 medjool date (pitted)
1 tbsp raw cacao
1 scoop Vanilla protein (I like Sunwarrior Raw vegan protein)
Ice and water to blend
This smoothie provides a balance of slow-releasing energy from the date and cacao to help boost flagging energy levels without a jittery caffeine or sugar rush. The spinach is an excellent source of folate, essential for a healthy pregnancy, along with providing iron and B vitamins that are essential for energy production. The avocado and almond butter give you some healthy fats, needed for your baby’s brain development along with fibre to help digestion that can sometimes get sluggish during pregnancy. The protein from the powder and the almond butter helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer and balance blood sugar, which can help to combat morning sickness along with pregnancy fatigue. The cacao is also a potent antioxidant (along with the Vitamin C from the spinach and Vitamin E found in the avocado and almond butter) to help promote a health pregnancy.
1 banana (frozen if you like your smoothie cold)
1/2-1 tsp maca
1 tablespoon of cashew butter
1 scoop of vanilla protein (as above)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Almond milk to blend
This smoothie is excellent for providing energy for exhausted new Mum’s, the banana combined with the cashew butter and protein powder will provide steady fuel throughout your day. The cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar and reduce sugar cravings, which can help when all you want is a giant slice of cake after being kept up all night by a screaming baby! Maca is a wonder powder, made from the root of a Peruvian plant, it helps with hormonal balance, gives you stamina, mental clarity and reduces anxiety and depression. The nutmeg contains iron, is an antioxidant and can also help with digestion. It’s also been shown to be a mild mood booster.