Moms-to-be have even more responsibility to eat right than the rest of us; however, this responsibility is fraught with difficulty due to pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, cravings and food aversions. But what if I told you there’s an easy way to pack in all your required fruits and veggies in one sitting? Well, there is—juicing! While I’ve split these into a veggie category and fruit category, feel free to mix and mingle between the two.
Carrots are the word of the day for all you moms-to-be. Carrots are packed with vitamins and nutrients and help promote digestive health. Also, when mixed with other fruits and veggies, their taste all but vanishes. So for you carrot-haters out there, never fear!
Meet your daily veggie requirement by juicing tomato, cucumber, carrot, celery, kale, red pepper, cabbage and green onion. Play around with your recipe until it becomes a daily treat rather than a chore.
Get your daily shot of carrots but with a sweeter taste by making a carrot-apple juice. This sweet concoction is great on those first trimester days when nausea and food aversions are at full force.
Apples are the basis for any fruit juice, as carrots are for veggie juices. Apples yield a lot of juice for a small amount of fruit and work as a natural sweetener.
Apple, pineapple and ginger create a refreshing drink that will also soothe your nausea. Ginger is known to quiet queasy tummies, so add it to any of your blends on those rough mornings and it will help to calm the rocky seas.
Juicing grapes and blueberries together makes a delicious blueberry juice rich in antioxidants. Add an apple to increase your juice yield.
There are many recipes online, but the most important key is finding a fruit and a veggie blend that work for you and your pregnancy symptoms. After all, the whole point is to nourish yourself and your baby in the easiest and yummiest manner possible.
A few tips:
-Use a straw if the texture of the juice bothers you
-Add ginger to any blend to help ease an upset tummy
-Adding yogurt creates a creamy smoothie. Yogurt promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the tummy and helps with digestion.
-Even as a non-pregnant lady, I start every morning off with a drink containing:
A handful of grapes
5 leaves of kale
½ red pepper
2 stalks of celery
1 cup grapefruit juice
*Note: Yogurt is yummiest in fruit-only blends