Pregnancy Smoothie

A nice, cold Pregnancy Smoothie will satisfy your cravings while providing you with the nutrition your body needs! 

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Are you pregnant and wanting to eat everything you see? That basically sums up the way I felt in my first and second trimesters of this pregnancy. 

Ice cream is my major craving for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Being that I can't eat ice cream all day everyday (although I really want to), I started making creamy, luscious smoothies with fruit to fulfill some of the cravings while adding a ton of nutritious foods that I know I should be eating for the baby's brain and development.

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In my first 8-17 weeks I was having horrible headaches and my midwife told me I needed to eat protein every 2 hours, yes, every 2 hours, in order to help the headaches subside. I started by going to the health food store and per the manager's recommendations for a pregnant woman started trying a ton of chocolate protein powders. 

You can easily make this smoothie with any brand or flavor of protein powder you enjoy, but Plant Fusion and Aloha Brands are two of my favorites as they're vegan and full of essential nutrients.

The best part is this Pregnancy Smoothie only takes a few minutes to make. I buy huge bundles of ripe bananas to chop and freeze, and I make sure all the other ingredients are always on hand in my freezer and pantry. 

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Here's a breakdown of what's inside:

Frozen Bananas 

Frozen Raspberries and Blackberries

Milk. Any type you prefer. This adds major creaminess and a bit of extra protein. 

Bee Pollen. A great immunity booster. Make sure to buy locally so you're building up immunities to your local allergens. 

Greens Powder (you can use fresh spinach or kale instead)

Protein Powder. Keep those pregnancy headaches away and your baby fed! 

Collagen Peptides

Hemp, Chia, or Flax Seeds 

Himalayan Sea Salt. Helps with the absorption of minerals. 

I whiz it all up in my Vitamix using the plunger to get everything pulsed up and when I don't have time to enjoy it immediately I will put it in the freezer so later it tastes like my beloved ice cream.

Whether you're pregnant or not, this is a treat you will want to have every day!

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Pregnancy Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 5 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen in chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 10-ounce bag frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup milk (almond, soy, or cow's)
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1/8 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon hemp, chai, or flax seeds, optional
  • 1 serving protein powder
  • 1 serving greens powder
  • 1 serving collagen peptides

Preparation

1. Place ingredients in a blender and puree pushing down with attachment or spatula to combine between pulses (mixture is very thick so it may take a few minutes depending on the power of your blender.)

2. Place in a tall glass and drink immediately or freeze for several hours to achieve the consistency of ice cream.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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11 comments

  • Melissa

    Aww!! I didn't know you were pregnant!! Congratulations!!! You look ADORABLE!! And your pregnancy smoothie ice cream concoction looks divine!! Can't wait to try it! :) (not pregnant over here...but hopefully within a few months!).

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    • McCord

      Fingers crossed for you! Also, you can drink this anytime... pregnant or not! ;)

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  • Emily

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! What a beautiful and talented family! Thank you for the smoothie recipe, looks delish.

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  • Jackie

    This seems delicious! I am also pregnant and not a huge vegetable lover, unfortunately. I was looking to incorporate smoothies into my daily routine and this is definitely something I would be into trying. What kind of vitamin rich green powder do you use and how much? Or how much spinach/kale? I know you mention it in the write-up, but not in the ingredient section.

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    • McCord

      I will sometimes add a large handful (or about 1 packed cup) of fresh baby spinach or baby kale!

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  • Mircat

    Congrats!!! Thanks for sharing the adorable belly shots!

    (And yes, the smoothie looks delicious, too.)

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  • Melissa

    Great, thank you! :)

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  • Jane

    Hi, wanted to make this but Is bee pollen safe during pregnancy. some of the searches was showing that it wasn't. just curious. thanks

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  • Jenna

    I love plantfusion protein powder too! But it has stevia in it, is that something you drank during your pregnancy?

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  • Grace

    I know this is an old post, but I love you recipes and smoothies! I am currently pregnant, and was wondering what protein powder you used during your pregnancy? I know some protein powders have a lot of junk in them, so which one do you recommend? Thank you!

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