This is the perfect pregnancy smoothie.
Pregnancy has changed a great many things for me. For one, I look in the mirror and don’t recognize the person staring back at me. Even though it’s mostly contained to my torso region, you get used to seeing yourself in a certain way and then when you don’t, well, it’s a little shocking. The other change that I can’t fully explain is my habit of late to not particularly want to eat a real dinner. I think part of this is the fact that my stomach is much smaller than it used to be and we eat on the later side.
A big dinner + a small stomach + the late hour is not my idea of a comfortable few hours before bed. So, even though Michael protests I sometimes revert to eating cereal for dinner. I like to think the baby just wants the extra calcium and folic acid that cereal provides.
But I’m not delusional, I know it’s not an ideal dinner so I tend to supplement it with the king of all king smoothies. The perfect pregnancy smoothie.
At least this makes me feel better about bowl after bowl of cereal.
This perfect pregnancy smoothie is packed with chia seeds for fiber and protein, flax seeds for omega 3s, almond milk for calcium, spinach for iron, banana for potassium and pineapple and grapefruit for vitamin C and flavor.
The grapefruit adds a brightness and freshness to the smoothie that I love. I don’t recommend skipping it, otherwise it just becomes another green smoothie. A note on the grapefruit, I’ve made this smoothie twice. The first time I just used the juice of one grapefruit. The second time I put a peeled grapefruit half directly into the smoothie. I recommend the juice only, unless you want to peel the translucent skin off the flesh then add. My blender did not break down the pieces and it was a bit bitter the second time around.
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup baby spinach
- Juice of one grapefruit or a half of a grapefruit completely peeled (translucent inner and outer skin)
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combine.
- If you use an immersion blender, I suggest putting the seeds and spinach at the bottom and the fruit on top to avoid splatter.
If you’re pregnant and craving other smoothies, I’d also recommend this one and this one. They were my best friends for those 40 weeks.