Growing a baby can be hard work.

It’s exhausting at times. That’s why pregnancy isn’t easy for most of us.


It’s such a special time in a woman’s life, but it comes with a great deal of responsibility—you’re nourishing a developing brain and so your own nutrition is incredibly important.

I remember the constant struggle to ensure that I was eating a healthy, balanced diet full of the key nutrients necessary to grow a healthy, happy baby.

For busy moms, smoothies can be a huge time saver and a delicious treat.

I really enjoyed the idea of a green smoothie packed with antioxidants, fiber and vegetables to nourish myself and my growing baby.

Toddlers love this recipe too.

You can also adapt it by taking out some of the liquid and making it into baby food.

My favorite green smoothie recipe: The Tropical Green

½-1 cup of organic apple juice (for a lower sugar option try almond or coconut milk instead)

1-2 large leaves of kale

1-2 cups of spinach

1/3 cup chopped fresh or frozen pineapple (strawberries may be substituted)

¼ small lime with peel removed

½ fresh or frozen banana

3-4 ice cubes

optional additives: chia seeds or flax seeds avocado flaxseed oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth or according to your preferred texture. Makes 1 large serving or 2 medium servings.

Then enjoy! The great thing about blended smoothies is that you can substitute ingredients without sacrificing taste.

For instance, add some yogurt for a creamier texture or try frozen peaches instead of pineapple.

Everything is customizable and the options are limitless.

And, since the blender does all of the hard work for you, your digestive system just gets to kick back and enjoy all of the amazing nutrients.

Sip up!