There are a few times in our lives when our body goes through drastic changes: as toddlers when we grow like crazy, puberty, illness, old age and absolutely during pregnancy. Mothers-to-be should pay special attention to certain foods and nutrients in order to provide the best nourishment for both you and your precious little one. To make it a bit easier, we’ve compiled our top 5 Blast recipes most appropriate for pregnant mammas… pickles optional!
Garbanzo beans and spinach are filled with folic acid, a B vitamin necessary to prevent neural tube defects and encourage proper brain development. This nutrient is most important in the first few weeks, so it's critical to get a sufficient daily dose of folic acid before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy. Looking to get pregnant? Add this recipe to your list.
Add in a couple leaves of mint to help reduce nausea/morning sickness and flatulence, common complains amongst women in the early stages of pregnancy.
Essential fatty acids found in hemp seeds are important before, during and post-pregnancy to ensure optimal development of the brain, eyes, immune and nervous system. Other great sources of omega-3 include flaxseed, certain fish and fish oil, chia seeds, and walnuts.
While you’re slicing the fresh ginger, take a nice whiff. Simply smelling, in addition to eating, ginger can help reduce nausea.
Just like we need calcium for strong bones and teeth, so too does your developing child. Calcium also supports a healthy heart, nerves and muscles.
This recipe rocks several calcium-rich ingredients including chia seeds, almond butter, fortified almond milk and broccoli.
In addition, your blood levels increase by almost 50 percent during pregnancy, making the mineral iron another important part of your diet. Luckily this Blast is filled with good sources such as spinach, pumpkin seeds and almond butter.
Finally, coconut oil contains large amounts of lauric acid, a powerful anti-microbial fatty acid that helps protect the immune system of the fetus and newborn. It’s also a medium-chain triglyceride, meaning it’s used as energy versus stored as fat, making it easier to shed those post-baby pounds.
Bananas provide a great source of Vitamin B6, necessary for red blood cell production and the development of your baby’s brain and nervous system. In addition, bananas are known potassium sources, great for relief of any cramping or bloating that mamas-to-be may experience.
Almond butter and our NutriBullet Organic Pea Protein Blend provide several important amino acids, essentially the building blocks of your body’s cells – and that of your baby’s, too. Protein needs increase during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimesters.
Figs are the true epitome of fertility, so it's no surprise they are recommended for pregnant goddesses. Figs provide potassium, calcium and iron, along with more fiber than several other fruits or vegetables. Fiber helps prevent or relieve constipation that often comes along with pregnancy.
To help prepare you for the big D-Day (delivery day!), this recipe includes magnesium-filled spinach, oats, dates and chia seeds. Magnesium and calcium work as a team. While magnesium relaxes muscles, calcium stimulates muscles to contract. Research suggests that proper levels of magnesium during pregnancy help prevent the uterus from contracting prematurely.
And finally, we add a touch of sweetness from pitted dates, a fruit shown to help ease the birthing process. A 2011 study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggested improved cervical dilation, a more natural labor, fewer drugs required and a shorter labor following consumption of date fruit on a daily basis for four weeks leading up to delivery. How sweet is that?