Healthy, Energizing Smoothies for Pregnancy

Whether you're suffering from morning sickness or starving all the time, smoothies can be life-savers for expecting mamas. Full of fiber, healthy fruits and veggies, and other essential nutrients, these sweet sips from the cookbook Smoothie-licious are perfect for breakfast, a light lunch, or a nutritious snack. Each recipe makes two smoothies. Drink one now and save the other for tomorrow. Your body—and baby—will thank you.

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Pineapple-Basil Smoothie

Lauren Volo

Pineapple-Basil Smoothie

Sipping this smoothie will transport you to a beautiful sandy beach... in Thailand, thanks to the basil and stomach-settling ginger. While it might seem unusual to add a savory herb to a smoothie, a bit of basil adds a beguiling, exotic flavor. Feel free to skip it if you prefer your tropical drinks more traditional.

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Mega Green Smoothie

Lauren Volo

Mega Green Smoothie

Packed with baby spinach, avocado, and cucumber, this ultra-healthy green sip feels virtuous and tastes fresh and revitalizing. The smoothie has a boatload of fiber to keep your system moving and a smidge of grated ginger to help keep nausea at bay. 

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Honey-Peach Smoothie

Lauren Volo

Honey-Peach Smoothie

Blended with ground flaxseeds—a superfood high in fiber and plant omega-3 fatty acids—frozen peach slices and honey make for a mild, cream-colored drink with a bit of texture. Bonus: thanks to the cow's milk and Greek yogurt this smoothie delivers 15 grams of protein.

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Raspberry-Orange Punch

Lauren Volo

Raspberry-Orange Punch

It's hard to tell which is brighter—this smoothie's flavor or its hot pink hue. Perfect with breakfast, lunch, or as a light snack, this punch is packed with fiber and Vitamin C.

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Blueberry Pancake Smoothie

Lauren Volo

Blueberry Pancake Smoothie

Skip the pancakes in favor of this scrumptious calcium and protein-rich smoothie. For a pretty pink twist use raspberries instead of the blueberries.

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Drink Up!

Lauren Volo

Drink Up!

For more healthy and delicious smoothie recipes check out Smoothie-licious: Power-Packed Smoothies and Juices the Whole Family Will Love by Jenna Helwig, food editor at Parents.

Recipes are excerpted from Smoothie-Licious, © 2015 by Jenna Helwig. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved. 

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