Coconut and Banana Smoothie
This ‘couldn’t be easier’ smoothie recipe is a simple and nutritious drink for pregnant women. Enjoy all the nutritious benefits of bananas and coconuts!
The high levels of potassium in bananas are great for combatting high blood pressure in pregnancy – bananas also contain a generous level of tryptophan which converts into serotonin to boost your mood. This drink feels like a hug in a glass.
2 medium, ripe bananas
250ml coconut milk
Sprinkling of ground cinnamon
Simply blend the bananas and coconut until smooth. Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon.Nicola Barnes
Refreshing Tropical Smoothie
This smoothie is perfect for your pregnancy diet, great for nausea, indigestion and huge vitamin c booster! It’s also delicious and super easy to make
A quick easy smoothie that gives you a big hit of Vitamin C. This one has pineapples in abundance, teamed with coconut water and fresh zingy root ginger – a great combo as part of your healthy pregnant diet.
One cup of fresh (or tinned) pineapple roughly chopped
Approx 1” of fresh root ginger grated
A handful of ice
Sprig of mint
Put the chopped pineapple and root ginger into your smoothie maker and add enough coconut water to cover. Add a few cubes of ice and whizz until smooth.
Pour into a glass, decorate with a sprig of mint and enjoy.
Pineapple for your healthy pregnancy diet:
- One cup of pineapple contains more than 130% of your daily Vitamin C needs
- Pineapples have a high fibre content so can aid digestion
- There was an old wives tale that eating pineapple can bring on labour – but don’t worry – it’s an old wives tale. Pineapples DO contain bromelain, which is thought to help soften your cervix, but you would need to eat around 7 – 10 pineapples in one sitting before it had any effect.
Easy, Tasty Hydration
Everyone tells you to include lots of water in your healthy pregnancy diet, but it can be dull! Try our easy, tasty ways to enjoy your 2 litres a day!
The message about staying hydrated during pregnancy comes loud and clear from so many different sources – but this doesn’t mean more fizzy drinks or even more sports drinks. Lovely, clear filtered water should be your go to choice – but sometimes, dare we say it, water can be a little dull.
Adding a few little extras to your jug of water not only improves the flavour but can also give an added boost to your pregnancy nutrition. Make up a jug of water and leave it overnight in the fridge to release the flavours.
Try these options!
- A few slices of cucumber. Why? Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, useful in strengthening the connective tissues and promoting joint health. Cucumbers are also rich in vitamins and potassium and as a natural diuretic they’re good for cleansing your system and helping to lessen swelling. Choose organic if possible and make sure you wash the skin.
- A spring of fresh mint. Why? Not just a lovely refreshing flavour but mint can help with your digestion, easing your pregnancy heartburn
- A couple of slices of lemon. Another good addition to help stimulate your digestive system, helping to avoid pregnancy constipation and heartburn
- Substitute lime for lemon. Why? Same benefits to your healthy pregnancy as lemon but a bigger, more intensive burst of citrus flavour
And here are a few more suggestions to add to your water at the last minute for extra flavour and a nutritional boost:
- A couple of strawberries, sliced
- A few chunks of watermelon
- Slices of orange
Mix and match! Use more than one of any of the above and share your favourite combos with us!Sophie Wishart
FittaFitta Pregnancy Mocktail
Need an alcohol-free drink for parties that won’t ruin your healthy pregnancy diet? Try our favourite mocktail recipe here! So tasty and pretty!
We named this pregnancy mocktail after ourselves because we like it so much! With a generous slug of pineapple juice (full of pregnancy vitamins) it makes a positive contribution to your healthy pregnancy diet but best of all it’s a deliciously quaffable summer evening drink, redolent of tropical holidays in the sun!
3 measures of pineapple juice
3 measures of dry ginger ale
½ measure of grenadine
Juice from ½ freshly squeezed lime
Half fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and pour in the pineapple juice, grenadine and lime juice.
Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass.
Top up with dry ginger ale and garnish with a slice of lime and a fresh flowerSophie Wishart
Ginger Slinger Mocktail
Looking for a party drink for your pregnancy diet? This non-alcoholic ginger mocktail is perfect for celebrating your healthy pregnancy!
Ginger is renowned for alleviating pregnancy heartburn and pregnancy nausea. This sparkling drink not only tastes good, it’s refreshing and makes you feel good too!
3 tsps of good quality ginger cordial
Juice of ½ orange freshly squeezed
Generous squeeze of fresh lime juice
Sparkling mineral water
Sprig of mint and a slice of lime
Half fill a glass with ice cubes.
Pour over the ginger cordial, orange juice and squeeze of lime.
Top up with sparkling mineral water.
Decorate with a sprig of mint and the slice of limeSophie Wishart
Melon and Mint Smoothie
Want a tasty prenatal vitamin hit?! This melon smoothie recipe is packed with vitamins A and B for your healthy pregnancy diet! Easy and delicious!
Melons are a great source of prenatal vitamins including Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin B6 – and also of niacin and potassium. These nutrients are important for the development of your baby’s vision, brain, nervous and immune systems, whilst potassium regulates water balance in the blood and body tissues during pregnancy. Choose honeydew or cantaloupe melon for this recipe.
Half a melon cut into chunks
6-7cm of cucumber cut into chunks
Generous sprig of fresh mint (adjust to taste)
1 cup of apple juice
Juice of half a lime
Whizz all the ingredients together until smooth. Taste and add more mint as necessary.
Serve over crushed ice with a sprig of mint.Sophie Wishart
Looking for a delicious drink for your healthy pregnancy diet? Try this yummy watermelon alcohol-free cocktail packed with prenatal vitamins!
A refreshing ‘Mocktail’ that you can happily enjoy as celebratory pregnancy drink! Watermelon is a good source of pregnancy vitamins and can be soothing for pregnancy heartburn too – but best of all it’s a great non-alcoholic alternative to enjoy on a warm summer’s day.
1 measure of grape juice
Slice of watermelon
Juice of ½ lemon
Sparkling mineral water
Blend the watermelon with the grape juice and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Half fill a tall glass with crushed ice.
Pour over the fruit juices and top up with sparkling water.
Serve with a slice of lemon and enjoy!Sophie Wishart
Green Spinach Smoothie
Need to increase the folates in your healthy pregnancy diet? This spinach smoothie is a yummy easy way to enjoy more essential prenatal vitamins!
If your first thought when considering a spinach smoothie is ‘thanks, but it’s just a shade too green for me!’ think again. It’s surprisingly delicious and sooooo good for you! Spinach is packed with pregnancy vitamins (including Vitamin C, A, K, B2 and vitamin B6) as well as containing iron, magnesium and dietary fibre. Best of all spinach is a rich source of the folate that is so essential for pregnancy nutrition.
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 pear, cored and chopped
1 ½ cups of apple juice
4 big handfuls of spinach
Simply put all the ingredients into your blender and whizz together until smooth. This will make enough for two big glasses, so pop one in the fridge for tomorrow. Add more apple juice if you prefer a more liquid smoothie or serve over ice.
For a change use a good chunk of cucumber instead of the pear or give it an extra burst of flavour by adding a teaspoon of grated fresh gingerSophie Wishart
Ginger Sunrise Pregnancy Mocktail
Enjoy the barbecue season whilst still enjoying a healthy pregnancy diet. This mocktail recipe is perfect for celebrating summer during pregnancy!
Perfect for summer evenings – it has not a lot to do with pregnancy health, pregnancy nutrition or a healthy pregnancy diet – it’s simply an easy, delicious and very more-ish pregnancy mocktail that slips down a treat!
4 measures ginger ale
1 tsp of grenadine
Generous squeeze of fresh orange juice
Slice of orange and a maraschino cherry
Half fill a large wine glass with crushed ice.
Add the freshly squeezed orange juice and the grenadine.
Top up with ginger ale
Garnish with the slice of orange and a maraschino cherry. You can leave out the cherry – but it does look cute!Sophie Wishart
Hot Lemon and Ginger
Looking for a way to help ease pregnancy nausea? This will help ease your tummy as well provide your prenatal Vitamin C hit!
This is very warming in colder weather and is so soothing if you have a sore throat as its packed with lots of lovely Vitamin C! It’s a great healthy pregnancy booster drink, especially if you’re feeling a bit under the weather.
1 large lemon
2 cm fresh root ginger, finely grated
1 cup of boiling water
Generous spoon full of honey to taster
- Squeeze the lemon and put the juice in to a mixing jug
- Pour over the boiling water, add the grated ginger and mix well
- Allow to steep and add honey to taste and pour in to a glass or cup and enjoy!