There are plenty of pros and cons to being pregnant in either summer or winter, and one of the cons this summer is certainly the weather! With scorching temperatures of up to 36 degrees, it can not only be uncomfortable, but even dangerous to be pregnant right now, with the risk of heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration posing a worrying threat. Today, Grace Carey-Caton who is manager of the JoJo Epping store and also a qualified nutritionist, shares her top pregnancy smoothies to help cool you down and stack up on those all-important nutrients. Her recipes include an Energy Boosting Peanut Butter & Cacao Smoothie, an Essential Pregnancy Nutrients Smoothie and an Anti-Sickness Ginger Smoothie.
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ESSENTIAL PREGNANCY NUTRIENTS
During pregnancy, the need for specific nutrients is increased due to the demand from your developing baby. I have created a smoothie which includes an array of nutrients that are essential during pregnancy. This includes protein (from almond butter and chia seeds) for foetal growth and to support maternal tissue. Omega 3 fatty acids (from chia seeds) for the development of your baby’s brain and eyes. Iron (from kale & lemon to increase the absorption) to support the increased demand and reduce the risk of anaemia. Calcium (from almond butter) to support your baby’s development of bones and the nervous system. Vitamin A (from mango & kale) for growth and visual/hearing development.
2 tbsp chia seeds (protein, omega 3)
1 tbsp almond butter (calcium, protein)
1 cup of kale (iron, folate, vitamin A)
½ squeezed lemon (iron absorption)
½ Mango (vitamin A)
300ml coconut milk
If you’re suffering from morning sickness or the dreaded nausea feeling, then we have just the recipe for you! Grace says “The key to combating pregnancy sickness is by trying to balance your blood sugars. This smoothie contains oats – a complex carbohydrate, and chia seeds – a source of fibre and protein, which both work to balance your energy and reduce sickness. Alongside this I have added ginger which has been used traditionally for centuries to soothe nausea”.
1 tbsp of fresh ginger
1 frozen banana
1 large handful of strawberries
2 tbsp chia seeds
300ml almond milk
ENERGY BOOSTING PEANUT BUTTER & CACAO
Growing a human inside of you can be tiring work, can't it? During pregnancy, your body goes through so many different changes which can leave your energy feeling quite low. This smoothie will help to increase and sustain your energy levels. It contains coconut yoghurt and peanut butter, which are both sources of fat, and protein to provide you with a long lasting source of energy. It also contains cacao powder, which provides you with a high amount of iron, zinc and magnesium. Cacao (which is a raw form of chocolate) is a great alternative to coffee as it provides a gentler stimulant. If you like snickers bars, you're going to love this smoothie! The combination of peanut butter with cacao re-creates the famous chocolate bar with a nutritious twist!
300ml of almond milk
1 tbsp. peanut butter
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 frozen banana
4 tbsp. coconut yoghurt