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Green Smoothies for Pregnancy

3 reasons you should drinking green smoothies and 1 easy green smoothie recipe.

Green Smoothies for Pregnancy

There's no time like pregnancy to get into a green smoothie habit. A Green Smoothie is basically a fruit smoothie with dark leafy greens blended into a satisfying breakfast. And since we all know that food aversions during pregnancy can leave your body pining for nutrients, now’s the perfect time to practice making these...before baby arrives.

And as a new mom, optimal energy is essential, and a well-balanced breakfast is the best place to start. As a personal chef and health coach, my mom clients often tell me they can’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen making breakfast every morning. An energy-boosting, nutrient-rich, time-saving Green Smoothie is the perfect choice.

Here are a few reasons you’ll be hooked.

1. It’s nutritious. Dark leafy greens are full of minerals, vitamins, fiber and even protein. Vitamins A, C and K, as well as minerals like iron and manganese, are abundant in my favorite smoothie green, kale. Fresh fruit is full of vitamins and fiber, and also contains energizing sugars. Fiber in the greens and fruit will work to stabilize your blood sugar levels, thus supplying your body with a steady stream of energy until lunch. Add hemp, flax or chia to your smoothie for heart and brain healthy Omega-3 fats, and extra bulk.

2. It’s simple. Smoothies are easy to make because the blender does the majority of the work. To save even more time in the morning, simply wash your greens and prep your fruit the night before. All you’ll have to do is add the ingredients to the blender, and turn it on. Frozen fruit is a great option for smoothies as well because it is frozen at peak freshness, helps to create a lovely smooth texture, and of course, it’s easy to use.

3. It’s delicious. Greens for breakfast may sound strange, but when they’re blended into a fruity smoothie, they taste great!

Here are my suggestions for the perfect Green Smoothie:

Greens: Kale, Spinach, Collards, Beet Greens, Chard (without stalk), Baby Bok Choy, Fresh herbs

Fruit: Mango, Banana, Peach, Berries, Pear, Apple, Oranges, Pineapple

Liquid: Pineapple (so juicy, this is all I use), coconut water, almond milk

Additions: Fresh Ginger and Turmeric, Cinnamon, Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Flax Seeds, Coconut Oil, Spirulina, Green Powder

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

serves 1

2-3 cups Kale, chopped

1 cup Cilantro (optional)

1 cup Pineapple, diced

1 cup Frozen mango

1/2 cup Fresh mango (optional)

1/2 cucumber, diced or 1/2 cup coconut water (or both...)

juice of one lime

1 tsp Spirulina powder

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender, with the heavier, more liquid contents at the bottom. This includes the pineapple, cucumber and mango. Blend until smooth and silky. Add more coconut water, cucumber or pineapple to thin the mixture, if necessary.

As much as I love fall, it always feels like the season when my family's routine gets kicked into overdrive. With our oldest in (homeschool) kindergarten, my youngest on the brink of entering her twos, work, housework and *all the things* filling my day, it's hard not to feel a little overwhelmed sometimes. Did I mention we're still in a pandemic? (Yeah, it's a lot.) And while I try to take a positive view as much as I can, now more than ever I definitely jump at the chance to take anything off my busy plate.

One thing first in line at the chopping block? Cooking. To be fair, I like cooking. I cooked most of our meals long before I had ever even heard of social distancing. But there's something about the pandemic that suddenly made cooking every single meal feel exponentially more draining.

Enter Daily Harvest. They deliver nourishing, delicious food right to your door. Daily Harvest's mix of smoothies, bowls, flatbreads, snacks and more provide a balanced, whole food options that are as satisfying as they are nutritious. But my favorite part? When we're ready to eat, I simply pull the food from the freezer and it's ready in minutes—without any chopping, measuring or searching for a recipe. Even better, they're incredibly tasty, meaning I'm not struggling to get my girls to dig in. Not cooking has never felt so good.

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Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

Mulberry + Dragonfruit Oat Bowl

One thing that actually helps break up the monotony of quarantine? Trying and introducing new ingredients to my family. I love this overnight oat bowl (add milk the night before and let it set in your fridge overnight—easy-peasy!) because not only does it not compromise on nutrition, but it also helps me bring new whole fruits, vegetables and superfoods to the table with ease.

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

Mint + Cacao Smoothie

I kid you not, these taste exactly like a mint chocolate chip milkshake. (Just ask my 4-year-old, who is constantly stealing sips from my glass.) What she doesn't know? She's actually getting organic banana, spinach and chlorella with every sip. #momwin

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Kabocha + Sage Flatbread

Our family's eating habits have been leaning more plant-forward this year, which often means a lot of veggie washing, peeling and chopping every time I cook. That's why these flatbreads are my new best friend come lunchtime. This Kabocha + Sage Flatbread is made with a gluten-free cauliflower crust topped with kabocha squash, fennel and sage for a taste of fall in every bite. (Missing the cheese? You can add it before baking for more of a pizza feel.)

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

Kale + Sweet Potato Flatbread

There's something about the combination of sweet potato crust topped with red cabbage, organic greens and an herby-cilantro sauce that is so delicious… like surprisingly delicious. I polished off this bad boy in seconds! And unlike other "veggie" crusts I've tried, these are actually clean (AKA no fillers, preservations, partially-hydrogenated oil or artificial anything). Plus, it couldn't be easier to throw in the oven between conference calls and homeschool lessons.

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Cacao + Avocado Smoothie

Any time I get to serve a breakfast that tastes like chocolate, it's a good day. (That goes double when it's *my* breakfast.) This rich, chocolatey smoothie is packed with organic zucchini, avocado, pumpkin seeds and pea protein for a nourishing mix of healthy fats and muscle-building protein so I can carry that baby all day long. And did I mention the chocolate?

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

Maybe it's just me, but after a long week of cooking, the last thing I want to do on Saturday morning is...wake up and cook. That's why these one-step breakfasts are saving my weekend. I simply add our favorite milk the night before and store the bowl in the fridge overnight. Come morning, I have a nutritious chia bowl that powers me through even the busiest day of errands. It's also Instagram-ready, which makes me feel like I'm out brunching (even if I can't remember the last time I was in a restaurant).

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

Cacao Nib + Vanilla Bites

My kids have turned into snack monsters during quarantine, and I'm often struggling to find a wholesome option (that doesn't require a lot of extra cooking or else I resort to something ultra-refined and shelf-stable). These bites are the hero I never knew I needed. For one, they taste like cookie dough, but they're actually packed with chickpeas, pumpkin, dates and flax seed (among other whole ingredients). But unlike actual cookie dough, I don't have to go anywhere near my mixer to whip them up—all I have to do is pull the container out of the freezer, let them defrost a bit and we can all enjoy a treat.

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl

Sometimes I have a little more time to cook, but I still want a quick, stress-free solution. (Especially because it always feels like I just cleaned up from the last meal.) I love these Harvest Bowls because they warm up in under five minutes on the stove top (or microwave!) but pack tons of flavor. The Cauliflower Rice + Pesto bowl is one of my favorites, with basil, olive oil and nutritional yeast for a hearty dish reminiscent of a mouth-watering Italian meal. When I'm feeling extra fancy, I add leftover grilled chicken or a fried egg.

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Strawberry + Rich, Rippled Berry Compote Scoops

Who doesn't want to end the day with a little something sweet? This creamy and decadent frozen treat from Daily Harvest is swirled with sweet berries and tropical dragonfruit for an antioxidant burst you'll feel good about—but that your kiddos will just think is ice cream. Go ahead, take credit for being the best mom ever.

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