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Being pregnant again has been a totally different ball game for me. It’s such an exciting time, but being pregnant with a toddler this time around is a whole different ball game. For one thing, morning sickness has been much worse and has lasted much longer than when I was pregnant with Bryce. And when I was tired the first time around, I could easily take a nap or lay on the couch and rest…but not so much with an active toddler. By the end of the day, I’m exhausted!
Needless to say, my days are busy. Between playdates, errands, work and growing a tiny human, it’s hard sometimes to make sure I’m eating as healthy as I should…and even more difficult when morning sickness strikes. Luckily, I have a morning routine consisting of a nutrient packed smoothie to start my day on the right foot, along with a prenatal vitamin. It’s top of mind for me in the morning and helps me get in those nutrients that I know I should be having.
Each morning, I have a cup of coffee (usually it’s two cups, but I’m trying to cut back on caffeine.) Along with that, I have my go-to smoothie and take my prenatal vitamin. I picked up a bottle of Nature Made Prenatal Multi + 200 mg DHA during one my regular Sam’s Club runs. A 5 month supply is under $20 there! It’s made from carefully selected ingredients under strict manufacturing processes with clinically proven absorption of folic acid and iron. I love the easy-to-swallow softgels (not too big), and it’s just one pill per day.
I’ve been taking a prenatal vitamin about 6 months prior to getting pregnant, as it provides essential vitamins and minerals before and during pregnancy including Folic Acid (which plays a critical role in the proper development of the baby’s nervous system†), Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Iodine, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3.† And Nature Made Prenatal Multi + 200 mg DHA provides 200 mg DHA which may help support fetal brain and eye development.† Plus, it’s free from synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, gluten free and has clinically proven absorption of folic acid and iron.
As for my smoothie, I’ve found a go-to set of ingredients that tastes really good, is incredibly filling and is jam packed with all kinds of good stuff. I don’t really measure anything, just eyeball the ingredients and throw it in my blender. Here’s what I use:
My go-to smoothie recipe:
- Green juice (I buy a large bottle from Sam’s Club- it’s a combination of juices from several fruits & vegetables)
- Almond milk (typically unsweetened vanilla)
- Protein powder (I use plant-based option)
- Powdered peanut butter
- Frozen fruit (whatever you have on hand. I buy a large bag of mixed fruit from Sam’s Club and alternate between mixed berries and pineapple/peach/mango- yum!)
- Vanilla yogurt (I go with the full fat version with no artificial sweeteners)
- Handful of spinach
Just throw it in my blender, mix it up and it’s all set. Creamy, sweet and cold- delish!
Typically, it’s more of a green smoothie, but depending on the fruit and volume of green juice + spinach you use, that can definitely play a part in the color it takes on. But it’s packed with vitamins, minerals and lots of protein so it makes for a healthy mom, and healthy baby. But really, the smoothie is for everyone…Bryce loves it too!
Be sure to grab Nature Made Prenatal Multi + 200 mg DHA at your local Sam’s Club…along with some smoothie ingredients!
What do you like to put in your smoothies? I’m always looking for fun new flavor combinations or other ingredients!
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.