Two Protein Packed Pregnancy Smoothies
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Protein, protein, protein. It's what my midwife and birth instructor preached during my last pregnancy. Protein is such an integral aspect of pregnancy as it helps all of the cells in the baby's body develop, including the baby's brain. Research also shows that protein deficiency can lead to complications such as pre-eclampsia, pre-term labor and can even affect the outcome of your birth. It's that serious! Because of this, most suggest getting between 80-100 grams a day, especially during your second and third trimesters. If that seems daunting to you, trust me, it did for me last time too, and I've been determined this time around to make sure I get all the protein I need.
I'm in my second trimester with baby #2 and craving all the dairy and protein my body can handle. Sometimes I don't know what else to eat throughout the day to get the amount I need, so I always keep frozen fruit and other ingredients, like Chobani Greek yogurt in my kitchen. Since it's Greek yogurt, it has a higher protein content than other yogurt types. I love that Chobani is committed to using only non-GMO ingredients, and has three types of probiotics, 40% less sugar than regular yogurt and no artificial flavors or sweeteners. We pick ours up at our local Kroger because it's about 5 minutes from our house!
Adding grass fed gelatin is totally optional, but is flavorless and provides up to 8 grams of additional protein per scoop to whatever you add it to! For the chocolate smoothie, adding gelatin + almond butter + Greek yogurt boosts the protein count to about 33 grams! Now that's the perfect snack, pregnant or not. Add either of these smoothies to your daily routine along with eggs, meat and beans, and you should be well on your way to achieving enough protein to keep you and your baby thriving and healthy.
Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie
- 1 cup Plain Chobani Greek yogurt
- 1 cup ice
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons cacao (healthier than cocoa!) powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- I scoop grass fed gelatin
Vanilla Mango Smoothie
- 2 cups frozen mango
- 1 cup Vanilla Chobani Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop grass fed gelatin
For both smoothies, just add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.