Tuesday, May 4, 2010

97: smoothie love

On more than one occasion since announcing our pregnancy to family, friends, and co-workers, I've had people make the comment that I am the healthiest eating pregnant woman they've seen. But it's not intentional! I just really, really want to eat lots of fruits and vegetables every day. They are probably my number one craving after chicken wings, and our budget just won't support a nightly Wild Wing fix (101 sauces!). On the flip side, I actually struggle to make sure I'm getting enough protein each day and I know it's important for her little growing body, so I look for ways to incorporate more protein and whole grains into my fruit and veggie feasts.

I've always had a love for smoothies, and started adding some extra healthy ingredients last spring when I was trying to lose a few pounds. Now that I'm eating for two, I've started adding a few more special ingredients, just to make sure I'm getting my daily requirements.

Here's my current smoothie recipe:

2-3 cups raw spinach
1/2 cup yogurt, plain
1-2 cups strawberries/frozen berries
1 banana
2 Tbsp Protein powder
1 Tbsp Wheat germ
1 Tbsp honey

I usually mix the spinach and yogurt together first with the banana, then add the frozen fruits and dry stuff later. Honey is more to taste. If your fruit is sweet enough, you shouldn't need any. I would also use frozen fruit and bananas if you have them, especially in the hot summer months! I added some frozen berries I found in the freezer to make it a little pinker, which brought it up to 2 cups of berries.

Additionally, I've started using the Asana yogurt. It's got double the calcium of other yogurts. I figured it was a good time to make sure I'm doubling up on calcium, as the midwife told me that breastfeeding uses a lot and it will draw it out of your bones if you're not eating enough!

The break down of this smoothie is around 544 calories (unless you share), 9.1g of fat, 89.7g of carbs, and 33.5g of protein.

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