I absolutely love smoothies because you can really add any kind of nutrient you need for the day and while I am pregnant this comes in handy! My midwife has been recommending I get a lot more protein and iron at 23 weeks and is also wanting me to amp up my blood volume and do it in a healthy way! She has recommended something frankly I had never heard of: liquid chlorophyll. So I ordered some and I have to say – it is pretty amazing! I have been making quite the ultimate protein and iron smoothie recipe lately and I just had to share it with you!
So what is liquid chlorophyll and why is it so beneficial during pregnancy? It basically acts like hemoglobin and can help to rebuild and replenish our red blood cells! What does this mean for us pregnant mamas? A huge boost in our energy! I’ll take that please! It also does a whole of other things like chelate heavy metals and give us a mighty good dose of magnesium – all FANTASTIC things too! As an FYI, on the bottle it says to take 1 tsp but my midwife actually recommended I take 6 tablespoons daily so a few superfood smoothies (maybe half a recipe each) will get most of it in!
I add another secret ingredient which is optional if it gives you the willies but I have to say I have felt absolutely INCREDIBLE since adding this other secret ingredient. Ladies…you know how I am always telling you how truly wonderful beef liver is for your health and hormones (check out some of the benefits of liver here)? It contains all the nutrients we need in one tiny package. I will always remember this post I read about how you can take raw frozen liver as a pill…and how helpful it is for our bodies and so I cut up the liver into small pieces and I add about an ounce to my ultimate smoothie. I really really really really – did I mention REALLY – don’t like the taste of beef liver but I do love the taste of cooked chicken liver…but unfortunately chicken liver doesn’t have nearly the same amount of iron. I want a big punch in an ounce per day and the best known source is beef liver. If I put an ounce in my smoothie frozen and raw I cannot taste it! SO there you go – a super secret ingredient that is of course only for those who are very serious about feeling intensely amazing during pregnancy! I mean an iron boost, an energy boost AND a vitamin A boost…all good things for your body and your growing baby! WIN WIN!
So let’s get to the Ultimate Pregnancy Smoothie Recipe…
- 2 Tbsp liquid chlorophyll (I get mine here)
- 2 ounces Ningxia Red (wolf berry super anti-oxidant drink) (I get mine here)
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder (I get mine here)
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 pastured egg yolks
- 1 Tbsp pastured butter
- 1 scoop protein powder (I get mine here)
- 1/4 cup milk kefir (this is optional and you can sub with filtered water + a good probiotic like this one but I like the probiotics in the kefir for my smoothie)
- 1 apple
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
- a big bunch of greens – dandelion greens are what is in season for me right now but also love kale when it is in season!
- 1 ounce frozen grass fed and organic beef liver (optional but not really – you’ve got to try it!)
Blend all ingredients in a blender (I personally use this one) and drink up!
I want to know how this smoothie helps you feel so please comment below and please share the good word with others you know who are pregnant. Hey…I also think this smoothie is pretty great for anyone trying to conceive as it would be a huge fertility booster too!