Friday, June 28, 2013

Guest Post: Organic Banana Berry Smoothie and a Healthy Pregnancy Diet

Today we have a guest post from Katie Moore of Moore from Katie who is very passionate about healthy living and healthy pregnancies. Her Smoothie recipe looks delicious!

As mothers, we all want the best for our children. We want to do all we can to protect them and ensure their health and happiness. Most of us also want to set good examples and take care of ourselves, so we're better able to take care of our families. For me, making healthy lifestyle choices throughout my pregnancy was the first step in being a good parent.

I first took an active role in my own health during my pregnancy with my daughter. Like most first-time expectant mommies, I was extremely nervous at the thought of carrying, giving birth to and raising a baby. And since I'd never really been around babies prior to my pregnancy, I had no idea what I was doing! I started by talking to my obstetrician about all the ways I could protect my and my baby's health. He gave it to me straight and let me know that there were a few lifestyle changes I desperately needed to make. He also give me advice about everything pregnancy related, from changes in my body, to delivery options, to cord blood banking!

Diet was my first order of business. My doctor talked to me about essential vitamins and minerals as well as the possibility of pregnancy-related deficiencies. He prescribed a prenatal multivitamin, but recommended I get the bulk of my nutrition through a balanced, natural diet. He also told me about the importance of organic foods, explaining the health benefits of foods free of pesticides, dyes and other potentially harmful chemicals. Upon further research, I knew that an organic diet was definitely the best choice during pregnancy. I made the switch to organic produce and began experiencing higher energy levels and an improved sense of overall well being. For the first time as an expectant mom, I felt peace of mind. I knew that I was doing my part in protecting my baby's health and development.

My search for tasty organic recipes led to my discovery of smoothies. I learned that these delicious concoctions were the best way of getting several servings of fruits and vegetables in one sitting. I was also pleased to find that there is virtually no end to the combinations of flavors and benefits provided by fruit and veggie smoothies. For example, recipes like the one below can be tweaked and adjusted but will always pack a powerful punch of flavor and nutrition. Plus, preparation is so easy!

Organic Banana Berry Smoothie

  • 2 cups of purified water or organic milk
  • 1 organic banana
  • 1 cup of raw organic veggies (Greens like spinach, chard, kale and romaine lettuce are great for smoothies!)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic peanut or almond butter
  • 1 to 2 cups of wild or organic berries
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon each organic chia and flax seeds
  • 1 cup ice (optional)

    1. Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor, blend and serve!

I enjoyed my all-natural pregnancy lifestyle so much that I've continued it for the past few years. I feel good knowing that my children understand the importance of all-natural and organic foods and products. I know our lifestyle is healthy and we're all the happier because of it!

Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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