Since it’s recommended that pregnant women get about 60-70 grams of protein a day, I’ve been doing my best to monitor my intake. It’s not hard to hit that goal, but it definitely takes some planning when you are busy running around, working, having food aversions, etc.
One way to make sure I get started on the right foot has been making protein-packed smoothies for breakfast. Not only are they filling, but I load ’em up with some of my favorite plant protein sources (soy milk, chia, peanut butter, etc.) This has been one of my favorite recipes so far, so I thought I’d share! It’s a simple recipe, but we all love simple – especially when the majority of my energy is going to this baby making thing, you know?
With almost 30 grams of protein, I proudly present…
You will need:
- 2 bananas (I use 1 frozen, one regular) – 2g protein
- 1 cup soy milk – 8g protein
- 2 tbs peanut butter – 8g protein
- 1/4 cup rolled oats – 3g protein
- 2 tbs chia seeds – 4g protein
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries – 1g protein
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries – 1g protein
Protein total: 27 grams!
- Add all ingredients to your blender and run until smooth. Bam, done.
Get creative with the fruit if you don’t have strawberries and blueberries. I’ve used raspberries and cherries in place of both (same 1 gram of protein) and it was great. I’ve also used chocolate soy milk – yummmm!
If you want to take it further, you can add your own personal fave protein powder. Truth be told, I hate protein powder… or rather, I have not found one that I like. Any recommendations for me? I feel like I should be using one but it always adds a funky flavor… would love to hear what you’ve got or what you use!
So there you have it – almost 30 grams of protein to start the day. It puts quite a dent in that 60-70 gram intake!
Have a gorgeous day, friends! xx bianca