Boost energy, aid digestion and nourish your bump with delicious, healthy juices and smoothies!
Laura Wilson, nutritionist and author of The Alkaline 5 diet tells us the smoothies that are best for baby brain, your baby's health and yours.
1) Best for easing morning sickness
To combat morning sickness
, ginger could be your saviour. It’s been used for centuries to aid digestive problems and nausea.
- Blend a few slices of fresh, peeled ginger (according to taste)
- 1 slice of mango
- 1 peach
- 1/2 apple
- 2tbsp Greek yoghurt
- Handful of ice
2) Best for baby’s immunity
To help boost your baby’s health
and immunity, try this simple juice combo. It’s refreshingly fruity and rehydrating, with a great hit of vitamin C for you, which in turn means benefits for your little one.
- Blend 1 apple
- 1 orange
- 4 strawberries
- Small handful of rocket for 30 seconds.
4) Best for better digestion
Try this to help your digestion
and combat feeling bloated.
This is packed with fibre to help prevent and alleviate constipation and discomfort caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Mango is also a good source of folate for your unborn baby. The ingredients also offer a great source of vitamins B2, C and E.
- Chop 1 pitted mango
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 200g (7oz) blueberries
- Then blitz for 30-60 seconds.
5) Best for a healthy heart
You want to keep your heart as healthy as possible when pregnant.
Grapefruit is a fantastic source of potassium, which is vital for your heart to function well.
It’s also great for the antioxidant lycopene, which can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure.
- Blend a large handful of red or green grapes
- the flesh from 1 grapefruit
- 2 finely chopped or crushed Brazil nuts
- 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) coconut water.
6) Best for a quick breakfast
Make this when time is tight in the morning and you need a healthy quick-fix.
Blueberries are a good source of potassium, which can help control your blood pressure.
Plus, they’re full of folate, the natural source of folic acid, which reduces the risk of neural problems in your baby.
Calcium in the yoghurt boosts baby’s bone health.
- Blend 1 ripe medium banana
- 100g (3 1/2 oz) blueberries
- 2 tbsps Greek yoghurt
- A drizzle of Manuka honey for 30 seconds.
7) Best for more get-up-and-go
If your pregnancy is making you feel sluggish and you need more get-up-and-go, replace your morning or afternoon coffee with this tasty energy-booster.
It packs a punch thanks to the blend of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6 and healthy sugars. And it’s a lot better for you than any sports drink!
- Pop 1 ripe banana in a blender with 100ml (3 1/2 fl oz) either water, coconut water or milk
- A handful of fresh kale or spinach
- 1 large or 2 small pitted dates for extra sweetness
- Blitz for 30 seconds.
8) Best for ‘baby brain’
If you’re finding it hard to concentrate and have a spot of ‘baby brain
’, drink this. Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a mental and physical boost.
A recent study found that one serving of dark-green leafy vegetables a day can boost your mental clarity and concentration, thanks to the vitamin K they contain.
- Roughly chop 1 slice of fresh pineapple
- 2 apples
- 1 slice of cucumber
- Tick celery
- A large handful of spinach or kale
- Juice of 1 lime,
- 1/2 pitted avocado (optional)
- 150ml (5fl oz) water, or more if you prefer a thinner consistency
- 2 1/2 cm (1in) of peeled fresh root ginger (optional).
- Blend for 60 seconds.
Meet the expert: Laura Wilson, nutritionist, and author of The Alkaline 5 Diet.
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