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Brian’s Essential Pregnancy Smoothie Recipe

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”

Starting the morning off on the right foot is important for anyone, including moms to be. For our family this means a high protein breakfast featuring lots of fresh fruits and whole grains. One essential staple of our mornings is a fruit smoothie. This recipe is adapted from a few that I’ve read and is one that we’ve been doing on and off for years. As always, please consult your healthcare practitioner before adding anything new to your diet.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons whey protein powder (we use the Whole Foods 365 Everyday Whey Protein; make sure to avoid ones with artificial sweeteners)
  • 1 teaspoon of organic psyllium husk powder (high in fiber)
  • 1 teaspoon of wheat germ
  • 2 teaspoons of flax seed oil (I prefer unfiltered and organic)
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 2 fish oil pills (cut and empty oil into blender)
  • 3 cups of fresh frozen fruit (this is where you can have fun; I regularly keep peaches, blueberries, bananas, mangos, blackberries, and strawberries on hand)
  • 1 cup of juice

Directions
Place dry ingredients in blender first so they blend more smoothly. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Pour into 16 oz. glasses and enjoy!

A Few Last Recommendations

  • Make sure mix your fruits to keep it fresh. Having the same smoothie every day gets kind of boring after a while. Some of my favorite combinations are mango, strawberry, and banana; peach and banana; and blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry.
  • You can vary the recipe all sorts of ways. Sometimes I’ll substitute apple juice for orange juice. Pineapple juice can also add some great flavor.
  • If you’re looking to save on calories you can omit the yogurt since they whey gives you the same dairy creaminess.
  • Milk can be substituted for orange juice if you’re looking to get extra dairy into your diet.
  • Ice can be added to increase the thickness of the blend or can help if your fruits aren’t frozen.

Discussion

2 Responses to “Brian’s Essential Pregnancy Smoothie Recipe”

  1. This smoothie rocks and solely was responsible for my survival the first few months. Okay maybe that is dramatic! But the combo of this smoothie handed to me by you-the love of my life-each morning, is etched in gratitude in my soul for all my days! My favorite fruits were blueberries and raspberries and bananas…mmm!

    Posted by Mia Elizardi | 02. Dec, 2010, 10:27 am

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