Delicious and Nutritious Smoothie Recipes
Creating smoothies and juices is one of the best ways to get vital nutrients into your body, especially if you struggle to get your five a day or you struggle with nausea and morning sickness. When you juice your vegetables raw or create smoothies every day it will ensure both you and your baby receive a huge dose of goodness and make you feel incredible at the same time, both inside and out.
Juicing your fruits and vegetables preserves those vital enzymes which are often diminished throughout the cooking stages. Although, under no circumstances are smoothies or juices to be used as a meal replacement. Use them to supplement and as an extra boost to goodness and nutrition along with a healthy balanced diet.
Try to ensure your smoothies contain the three most important components of a healthy smoothie:
The Importance of those three components and where to source them for the best tasting smoothie recipes
Your body needs protein for growth, repair and maintenance. It’s also used for energy when the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates (which if you’re reading this and pregnant; you better be fuelling up with plenty of carbs.
Good sources of proteins that are perfect to add to your smoothies include:
- Milks and other milk products that include a range of plant milks such as oat, almond, soy and cashew milk
Although fat intake in the UK tends to be quite high, we do need certain fats for some really important functions – they provide a concentrated source of energy, they help to keep us warm, help to protect our skeleton, glands and vital organs such as the kidneys and are essential for the production of cell membranes and hormone metabolism.
Good sources of fats that we can add to our smoothies include:
- Nut butters
The addition of carbs will fuel your body . Carbs get broken down into glucose in the body and although we can get our energy source from fats and proteins – it’s essential that we eat carbohydrates every day to provide our body with a constant supply of energy. You’ll find these in fruits and vegetables.
It is always important to ensure all your vegetables and fruits are thoroughly washed and scrubbed to eliminate any risk of cross contamination when preparing your smoothies. Also remember that blenders, smoothie makes and any utensils you use can be a breading ground for bacteria and cross contamination. Remember to thoroughly wash your utensils in hot soapy water after use.
Ginger in your juice is perfect. I especially love Carrot, Orange and Ginger together and the benefits of Ginger are huge.
In fact its been reported that ginger has shown a success rate of 75 percent in curing morning sickness and stomach flu. It also contains some of the most potent anti-inflammatory fighting substances and is a natural painkiller.
Plus Cucumber, Lime and Kale is a great way to boost your folate intake and dark leafy greens added to your juices will boost your iron intake too and the vitamin C from the lime will help your body absorb that iron even further.
Juices and Smoothies as part of a balanced diet
I mentioned above about the importance of using juices and smoothie as part of a balanced diet and in conjunction with healthy nutrient rich meals. It is very important that in no way should juices or smoothies be used as a meal replacement during pregnancy.
It’s okay to do an occasional juice cleanse for a few days when you’re not pregnant but the reason for a juice cleanse is to eliminate all toxins in your bloodstream and having done a few cleanses myself; its exhausting and extremely demanding on your body.
It’s not to be taken lightly and your unborn baby will not benefit from this in any way so ensure your juices are used in conjunction with your healthy diet and ensure you get all those healthy vitamins you need from a healthy balanced lifestyle. Remember if you’re not going to drink your juices or smoothies straight away, be sure to store them in an air tight container to preserve the goodness. Although to be honest, nothing beats the taste of smoothies and juices when they’re freshly made.
Creating your own smoothies and juices can be easy and fun and easily become part of your daily routine. You don’t need a huge amount of fancy equipment to get started and most blenders and smoothie makers these days are small and compact and can easily fit into the tiniest of kitchens.
You’ll need a blender that can liquidise your fruits and vegetables and is strong enough for nuts and seed and look for one with a detachable jug that is robust enough to withstand crushing ice.
If you don’t have a smoothie maker you can use a food processor which works well, although your smoothies may be a bit thicker with the consistency but you can add more milk or water if desired.