Monday, November 14, 2011

The Life-Changing Green Smoothie



Approx. 1 c. blueberries (or other berry)
1 c. vanilla Greek yogurt 
(be sure to make it Greek...that stuff has anywhere from 22-25 grams of protein per cup which is awesome and makes up almost a third of your daily pregnancy protein requirement!)
Approx. 2 c. fresh organic spinach
1 banana

Blend the blueberries and yogurt (I use a hand blender) with a small bit of water to help.  Add in spinach and banana and blend until smooth.  There are endless possibilities to add in...I've sometimes added kale or ground flax seed for some extra nutrition.  This makes enough for me to have about 12 oz. and give the boys a small amount with their breakfast...or I save the rest for the next day :)  It's a simple recipe but it has made a world of difference for me.

Every pregnancy I have struggled with extreme low blood pressure (my midwife is shocked each time she takes it at how low it is), dizziness, and breathlessness.  I had come to accept this as 'just me' but this pregnancy I've been so blessed to find some solutions and these changes have made all the difference.  When I start the day with one of these green smoothies as well as some sublingual (liquid) B-12, I am a different person.  I can make it through the day without a nap.  I don't end up panting just from walking up the stairs.  I don't have to sit in the morning trying to catch my breath and feeling like my heart is beating out of my chest.  It's good.  And certainly all that spinach and protein has to be good for baby, too.




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1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting! I have low blood pressure too. Remember that people with low blood pressure need extra salt! God bless!

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