I’ve been OBSESSED with protein shakes during this pregnancy. I made three different variations that I have according to my mood, and I’m still not sure which one is my favourite so far. The chocolate one is yummy chocolate, the strawberry one is just amazing and the green vanilla one is just soooo good.
Getting healthy protein during this pregnancy has been very important to me and baby, this protein shake keeps me going and gives me the energy boost I need to continue with my day without getting snappy. The average woman should take about 46 grams of protein a day and during pregnancy you need about 70 grams of protein a day, that’s almost double! If you’re a little exercise nut and have been guzzling down your protein shakes before you ever got pregnant you will know how important protein is for you and muscle building. Protein is essential during pregnancy, because it does most of the heavy lifting (pun intended) in the cells, structure, function and regulations for tissues and organs. Getting high quality protein is obviously very important for you regardless if you’re pregnant or not.
BENEFITS OF DATES
Dates are filled with good sugar that helps keep you energised for longer, they are also filled with protein, fibre, folate, vitamins, iron and they will apparently help shorten your labour and avoid having to be induced.
BENEFITS OF CHIA SEEDS
By now we all know chia seeds is one of the best superfoods around, if you didn’t, well shame on you. These little seeds are filled with protein, healthy omega 3 fats, fibre and is slow releasing energy to really keep you going during pregnancy.
BENEFITS OF SPINACH
Popeye didn’t get an energy boost after eating a can of spinach for nothing! I don’t recommend eating canned spinach, but throwing some spinach into your protein shake is sure to give you all the same benefits. Spinach is filled with folic acid, protein, iron, antioxidants and vitamins. It also has a neutral taste so you wont even notice it in your shake. Except for the colour.
BENEFITS OF HEMP SEED PROTEIN POWDER
Hemp seeds are one of nature’s best sources of plant based protein and contains 20 amino acids, this contains 9 essential amino acids which our bodies can’t make by its self. It also contains vitamins and minerals, on top of being such a great protein house.
BENEFITS OF CINNAMON
Not only does it taste good on your pancakes, but cinnamon is great for lowering your blood sugar levels, its loaded with antioxidants and helps fight infections in the body.
GREEN VANILLA PROTEIN SHAKE – Serves 2 or one larger glass
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water
- 1 banana, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups washed spinach
- 3 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup hemp seed powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 – 2 tbsp vanilla
- 3 blocks ice
Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and enjoy!