Protein-Packed Pregnancy Smoothies

Protein is one of those macronutrients you’re always hearing about, and pregnancy is one of those times you might actually need more protein…

If you’re a busy, high achiever mama or soon-to-be mama, you’re all about health + convenience!

That’s where these simply nutritious, protein-packed smoothies come in handy!Pregnancy Smoothie

During pregnancy, you need more protein for the development of your baby.  Nutrients from protein help maintain muscles and positively affect the growth of fetal tissue, as well as mom’s breast and uterine lining.

Experts recommend eating ~70 to 100 grams of protein per day during pregnancy.  This amount will depend on your individual needs, making up roughly 10% to 35% of your daily calories from protein.

Protein comes mainly from meat, fish, poultry, nuts, bean and dairy products.  For some, it can be a challenge to meet protein needs during pregnancy, especially if you experience food cravings, aversions, low appetite, morning sickness or fatigue.

That’s when you’ll want a “go-to”, healthy, protein-packed smoothie!

Don’t fall prey to just any smoothie. Most smoothies are loaded with extra sugar, no veggies, and leave you feeling hungry an hour later.

Not these dietitian-approved smoothies!  I keep my smoothies simple, nutrient-dense, and protein + fiber filled to nourish my body and help keep me full!

Peanut Butter Banana Bliss Smoothie

  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup 1% milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 banana (frozen banana slices work great too, just cup back on the ice!)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 handful of dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard)
  • 1 cup ice

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Strawberry Oatmeal Energizer Smoothie

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup 1% milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower chunks

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Super Baby Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard)
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup

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Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender & enjoy!  Makes 1-2 servings each.

You can rest assured you’re properly fueling your body and your growing baby with these power + protein-packed smoothies!!

Pregnancy is not an easy journey and I commend you for taking time to get educated and set yourself up for a healthy, happy pregnancy.

For more MUST HAVE new mom nutrition information, grab my FREE downloadable guide with 5 Easy Ways To Boost Your Nutrition During Pregnancy.

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  1. Megan

    October 27th, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Hi, just wondering what protein powders are safe during pregnancy? I’ve been doing some research about which ones would be best to use, as I’m having quite a bit of trouble getting optimal protein intake. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!

  2. Heather

    January 20th, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    What protein powder do you recommend?

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