smoothie

Strawberry & peach smoothie

strawberry and peach smoothie

Did you know that 1 cup of strawberries have more Vitamin C than an orange? If you’re looking to boost your health and your baby’s development, this simple smoothie is perfect for you.

Because strawberries are listed as the #1 most-sprayed crop in the US, if you can’t afford fresh strawberries, then frozen organic berries are the way to go.

Frozen berries are great when added to yoghurt (let them defrost for a few minutes first) – or in a smoothie like this one.

What you need

½ cup frozen strawberries

½ cup frozen peach slices

½ cup unsweetened whole-milk yoghurt or coconut yoghurt

1 cup almond milk

½ cup ice cubes*

*use more ice cubes to make the smoothie thicker, almost like a sorbet (as pictured)

What to do

1.     Place frozen strawberries, peach slices, yoghurt, almond milk and ice cubes in a blender and blend on high for about a minute, or until smooth.

2.     Add more almond milk or more ice cubes depending on your desired thickness. More ice cubes will make it thicker, almost like a sorbet (as pictured).

3.     Pour into glass or bowl and enjoy! 

Green coconut water smoothie

green coconut water smoothie

This is a great smoothie to get an additional serving of greens throughout your day. You can easily sub kale for spinach, but I prefer spinach because it has a “smoother” taste to raw kale.

Coconut water is rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium. In fact, one cup of coconut water has more potassium than a banana, which is especially important for pregnant mamas suffering from muscle cramps. Potassium and magnesium in both the banana and coconut water will help restore electrolytes and mineral imbalances and reduce the severity of cramps.

I got so many leg cramps in my second trimester because it was summer in NYC and I was sweating (a lot!). To help replenish my electrolyte levels, I started drinking a coconut water almost every day – or I would make a green smoothie with coconut water and banana in it. It worked wonders and I got a lot less muscle cramps.

Coconut water also has lots of electrolytes so it’s great to rehydrate after a workout – and it's a healthier option to sports drinks because you get a natural source of electrolytes without added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

What you need

1 cup coconut water

1 (large) handful of spinach

1 handful frozen mango

½ frozen banana

½ cup ice cubes

1 tbsp chia seeds

What to do

1.     Place one handful of spinach, frozen mango and ½ frozen banana into a blender.

2.     Pour in the coconut water and ½ cup of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

3.     Add 1 tbsp chia seeds to the blender and blend it again to let the chia seeds move around evenly.

4.     Pour smoothie out into your favorite glass and enjoy!