Protein Smoothies and Shakes

In pregnancy, protein is a very important part of your diet. It helps to keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day and lasts longer in your body than carbohydrates or sugar. Often times, when your blood sugar is low you can feel nauseous. Eating a protein snack every 3-4 hours can prevent your blood sugar from getting too low.

In our culture, protein is mainly thought of as being from a meat source. However, there are many other sources of protein! In your blue folder from Kate, there is a handout with protein snack ideas. Another great way to get protein into your diet is by drinking it – especially if nausea is causing food aversions for you. There are many, many recipes for smoothies and shakes and you can always mix things up or add more ingredients to the following recipes.

If you have a favorite recipe or an idea that we missed please let us know! Hopefully these drinks will help you get plenty of protein and stay cool as we reach the end of the summer!

(Click on each smoothie title for the full recipe!)

Blueberry-Banana Protein Smoothie

Image from amyshealthybaking.com

 Information:
  • Rice milk, soy milk or cow milk, etc. can be substituted for the almond milk
  • Add or reduce the amount of ice to make the smoothie thicker or thinner
  • Makes 1 smoothie
  • Contains about 15 grams of protein
  • Recipe and photo from amyshealthybaking.com

Information:

  • Makes 2 servings
  • 18 grams of protein per serving
  • Recipe and photo from thecafesucrefarine.com

Green Warrior Smoothie

Image from ohsheglows.com

Information:

  • Makes 1 large serving or 2 medium sized servings
  • Contains about 17 grams of protein
  • Recipe and photo from ohsheglows.com

Coconut Almond Ginger Protein Shake

Image from www.alwaysorderdessert.com

 

Information:

Banana-Oat Smoothie

Image from www.marthastewart.com

Information:

Ginger Berry and Oat Smoothie

Image from www.realsimple.com

Information:

  • Serves 1
  • Contains about 15 grams of protein
  • Recipe and photo from www.realsimple.com

Banana Raspberry Chia Smoothie

Image from thelemonbowl.comInformation:

  • Serves 1
  • About 25 grams of protein (depending on the protein powder you choose)
  • Recipe and photo from thelemonbowl.com

Blueberry Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie

Image from honestcooking.com

Information:

  • Serves 3
  • Almond milk can be substituted for any other type of milk
  • For more vitamins add kale or spinach
  • 15-20 grams of protein depending of protein powder & yogurt used
  • Recipe and photo from honestcooking.com

Sunrise Smoothie

Image from iowagirleats.com

Information:

  • Serves 1
  • 15 grams of protein
  • Recipe and photo from iowagirleats.com

Peanut Butter, Banana and Oat Shake

Image from joythebaker.com

Information:

  • Serves 1 large serving or 2 small servings
  • Almond milk can be replaced with any other kind of milk
  • About 15 grams of protein
  • Recipe and photo from joythebaker.com

 

 

For more smoothie and shake ideas please check out these blogs that have compiled extensive lists.

For information about protein sources other than protein powder check out this website

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s