Since becoming pregnant I've been slacking on my fruit and vegetables big time. I couldn't stomach the thought of most veggies the first trimester, and I've never been good about diversifying the fruit I eat. I pretty much just stick to fresh oranges and apples, and occasionally frozen bananas and strawberries for my smoothies. Whenever my diet starts to slack off I remind myself that little guy is literally being made from the stuff I'm putting into my body right now. No pressure on Mom or anything. Once I become cognizant that I need to put a bit more effort into eating healthy it's pretty easy to find ways to add in some good-for-me foods.
One of the easiest ways I've found is to use fruit and veggie juices in my smoothies. I've always been a fan of Naked Juices over other brands because they don't add in any extra sugar.
Barry Almond Nutmilk
- Berry Almond Nutmilk is gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free.
- This delicious, non-dairy smoothie blends together the goodness of fruit, almond milk and soy protein to deliver 11g of plant protein per bottle.
- Bright Beets is gluten-free and vegan.
- This 100% juice smoothie is an excellent source of potassium and vitamin A.
Chia Sweet Peach
- Chia seeds provide Omega-3s, fiber, calcium, iron and some super-powered pep for when daily crunch time comes around.
- Chia Sweet Peach is gluten-free and vegan.
- This chia and juice smoothie is a great source of vitamin A and has two grams of protein in an 8-oz. serving.
- Kale Blazer is gluten-free and vegan.
- This 100% juice is an excellent source of potassium and vitamins A and C.
While the juices taste great on their own I like to make them into smoothies to help me feel fuller, longer. The berry almond nutmilk keeps me full on its own since it has 11 grams of protein in it, but the others I've enjoyed mixing with frozen fruit and some ice to help add volume.
This gorgeous concoction is a bottle of the Bright Beets plus 1 frozen banana and a handful of ice cubes. If you haven't had beet juice before it does have a bite to it!
I told Travis this is a perfect pregnancy drink thanks to the beets.
- Beets contain folic acid which is critical to babies nervous system development.
- Beets are high in iron and nitrates so they give you a nice, natural, energy boost.
- Beets (and the banana in the smoothie) are high in potassium which helps fight those nasty pregnancy leg cramps!
Have you ever tried Naked Juices before? Know of any other pregnancy superfoods I should be eating?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.