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Safe shakes for pregnancy & breastfeeding moms

Wondering if you can continue to drink your favourite shake while you're pregnant or breastfeeding? Or feed it to your child? Watch my video above for more information. Here's a quick summary:

Avoid

1) Artificial Sweeteners

2) Soy (max 1 serving a day)

3) Rice -based smoothies (due to arsenic)

4) Herbs (can mimic drugs: natrual doesn’t equal safe!)

Better options:

To your smoothies add: Yogurt (6g per half cup) and milk (9g per cup) = 16g

1) Egg whites (use pasteurized!): 4g protein for one. ¼ cup =7g

2) Skim milk powder: 1/3 cup = 8g protein, 28% DV calcium

3) Hemp hearts: 3 Tbsp = 10g protein

4) Chia 1 Tbsp = 2g

5) Red lentils: cooked 3 Tbsp = 3g protein, 3g fibre

6) Nut butter: 1 Tbsp = 3g protein, 100 cals

Pre-made alternatives:

Plain Whey powder

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Smoothie (16g protein per 4 Tbsp serving). Add to 1cup milk and have your extra 25g

Basic Green Smoothie Recipe (15-20g protein, depending on your add-in)

1 cup milk

1 small Banana

1/2 cup spinach

Ice

Protein add-in: hemp hearts, skim milk powder or egg yolks

1) Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

 

Green Lentil Power Smoothie: http://www.lentils.ca/recipe/green-lentil-power-smoothie/

(make this with milk instead of water to increase the protein even more)

 

Chocolate Nut Butter Banana Smoothie


(21g protein: note, this one is higher calories, and better for those pregnant/postpartum moms struggling to get in enough food)

1/2 cup 2% chocolate milk

1/2 cup homogenized milk

1 banana

2 Tbsp smooth nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)

½ cup plain yogurt

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