Blackberry Smoothie with Spinach
This week I'm 17 weeks pregnant! I'm happy because I've been feeling better these days with a bit more of energy (although I still need to sleep a lot!). I'd like to say that I am eating as healthy as I can, but sometimes I fail miserably! Like last night, when I had McDonald's cravings and my husband was just too happy to go out for a midnight drive to get me a BigMac. He is an angel but I can't rely on him to keep me in line!
I guess I don't have to tell you that was a terrible idea. Even though I am very, extremely, ridiculously hungry these days, my stomach is very small. I think I am used to eating smaller portions; also before getting pregnant, I practiced intermittent fasting for over 2 years, so I think my body kind of got used to not really having that much food. Regardless, I am by no means doing diet and I'm having regular meals, especially breakfast first thing in the morning. I've made it a goal for me to eat as much spinach as possible as it is excellent for baby, but of course, there are only so many green smoothies you can take!
So I bought a bunch of berries and decided to give it a try with some spinach I had left. I added a banana and pineapple for extra flavor, and was not disappointed at all! The one thing that caught my attention about berries in general, here in South Africa, is how ridiculously expensive they are. I remembered that back in my home country they are so readily available that you can buy them by the kilo and pay next to nothing. This is a little upsetting for me because I love to eat berries. The ones I got to enjoy the most are strawberries; sadly blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries have to be an occasional treat.
For the next few months, I will be making mostly foods that are good for me and my baby. Like I mentioned before, a goal of mine at the moment is to eat more spinach as it contains a lot of iron and folic acid, which is super important for the baby. Another thing that is paramount for pregnant ladies is to eat a lot of fiber. There are certain side effects of pregnancy (the kind no one likes to talk about) that can be prevented if you eat foods with fiber. Blackberries are packed with it, along with vitamin C and K, both crucial for fetal development, especially vitamin K which is difficult for babies to get from their mothers (hence the need for supplements). I've always been convinced that most of our daily nutrient requirements can be taken solely from the food we eat. I've never been a fan of taking vitamin tablets or supplements, but I'm making an exception because I wouldn't be able to forgive myself if because of me, something happens to my baby.
So please enjoy my new addition to my smoothie collection, I hope you will enjoy it and let me know if you have a favorite!
Blackbery Smoothie with Spinach
- 1 cup blackberries.
- 1 cup baby spinach.
- 1/2 cup pineapple.
- 1 ripe banana.
- 200 ml. milk (I like to use full cream).
Takes , serves 1.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth.
- Serve immediately.