Smoothie Recipe

Part of my healthy eating plan is fresh fruit & veggie smoothies.  For me, this is a fast and easy way to get a large portion of my fruit, vegetable, and dairy servings accomplished for the day.

The approximate serving recommendation of the fruits, vegetables, and dairy groups for pregnant women is:

  • 4 servings of vegetables
  • 3 servings of fruits
  • 4 servings of dairy

I don't necessarily try to cram all of my recommended servings into the smoothie because I'm assuming that I'll get the rest of my servings throughout the day, but here's to a good start!

And because I'm first trying out this smoothie on a Sunday, I've decided to simply call it my Sunday Smoothie:

Sunday Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 1 chard leaf
  • pinch of ginger
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup blueberry
  • 1/2 cup raspberry
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 beet slice
  • 2  1/2cups ice

One thing I really like about this smoothie is that I get a substantial portion of vegetables.  Also, the pinch of ginger gives the smoothies a fresh taste, while the beet slice turns the smoothie into a nice pinkish color (instead of greenish brown). This smoothie is also SUPER filling, so don't plan on eating a big meal with it (I made the mistake of making pancakes and eggs for brunch to go along with the smoothie and now my tummy is really full).

This doesn't have to be just a smoothie for pregnancy nutrition.  We all need to make sure we are getting our daily value of fruits, veggies, and dairy.  So whether your pregnant, a mommy, or just want to eat healthy, give it a try!

Playing Carla Bruni's Comme si de rien n'etait album to the belly.