Our nutritionists review The Healthy Mummy Preganancy Smoothie
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothies are a great way to incorporate healthy snacks throughout your pregnancy that are loaded with nutrients and vitamins important for the health of you and your baby during this special time.
Read these Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie reviews from our nutritionists.
Nutritionsit Cheree Sheldon shares her thoughts on the Pregnancy Smoothies
As pregnancy is one of my special passions, I was eager to see the new Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie. After studying the ingredients I would not hesitate to recommend it to my clients. In fact, I would probably prescribe it!
It has such a nice formula, with about 100 calories per serve (not including ingredients you combine it with), it is a perfect size for a snack.
Protein content is important in a pregnancy Smoothie, as from pre-conception, through to after baby arrives, it is required in higher amounts, and this provides a really good amount of protein, with 30% of your daily intake per serve.
Normally, I don’t encourage people to have a pre-made smoothie as they are sugar laden, or full of fillers and chemicals, but The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie has no artificial colours or preservatives and is not GMO.
As it is sweetened with thuamatin, a natural sweetener from fruit, it is not artificially sweetened and has no sugar, or fructose, so will not have a negative impact on your blood sugars.
Folate and iron are two nutrients that are important to have adequate intake of from the moment you start trying to have a baby, and throughout pregnancy, and this Smoothie is a great way to help meet those needs. The form that folate is provided in is an easy to process form, and it will provide 50% of your daily needs.
Actually, the majority of your vitamins and minerals are in such concentrated amounts here, that by consuming this Smoothie, you should have absolutely no problem meeting your needs.
Adequate intake of vitamins and minerals is super important when trying to conceive and whilst pregnant, because if you aren’t meeting your needs, then you will begin to feel drained, as your baby is stealing what you have for their needs.
If you are deficient, then most likely baby will be born deficient.
Every woman knows we need folate, but the reason why is it helps form baby’s brain and spine and this occurs as early as three days after conception! This is why it is essential we are having nutrient dense foods so we are not lacking in these really important vitamins and minerals. The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie, is such a convenient way for you to help achieve those goals.
With the inclusion of a prebiotic and probiotic the Smoothie will be beneficial for gut health and boost immunity in bub. And at 4.3g of fibre per serve, your bowel health will benefit as well.
As a part of a healthy pregnancy eating plan, the Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is a great inclusion for a pre-natal, and pregnancy snack.
Cheree Sheldon, Nutritionist, Ad Dip Nut Med
Nutritionist Nikki Boswell shares her thoughts on the Pregnancy Smoothies
Eating a well-balanced diet can be a challenge at the best of times and unfortunately life doesn’t stop when you are pregnant.
In addition to your usually hectic schedule, you now have additional nutrient requirements to meet, often while battling morning sickness, fatigue, constipation, bloating, heartburn and indigestion – understandably preparing three square meals and several nutritious snacks a day is not always appealing.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie offers a convenient source of nutrients that are quick to prepare and have been formulated specifically with the demands of pregnancy in mind.
I think the Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie could be used to assist during morning sickness by providing fluids as well as key pregnancy nutrients such as iron, iodine and folate, that can be consumed in small, regular portions which are often more settling on a nauseated stomach than a large meal.
Consuming the Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothieas a small, regular snack is also a practical way to assist maintaining stable energy levels to fight fatigue.
The addition of probiotics and fibre also promotes digestive health and is likely to assist in relieving bloating and constipation – which I am sure will make your pregnancy far more enjoyable.
Nikki, Nutritionist (Masters Human Nutrition), personal trainer.
Kathleen Alleaume, Exercise and Nutrition Scientist, shares her thoughts on the Pregnancy Smoothies
Whilst steady weight gain during pregnancy is normal and essential for the health of the mother and baby, it is important not to gain too much weight. Bear in mind that you don’t need to eat for two, however you need roughly an extra 300-400 calories per day. Also the need for some nutrients increases during pregnancy, such as protein, iron, iodine and folate.
The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is a convenient and portion-controlled snack you can integrate as part of a well-balanced diet to ensure you are getting the right balance of nutrients. When combined with whole foods, such as fruit and milk, the smoothie is a great way to amp up your protein intake.
Not only will protein keep you satisfied for longer, it also keeps sugar levels on an even keel to prevent food cravings and feeling hungry all the time. The smoothie is also rich in fibre to prevent hunger pains and help with constipation and bloating.
Snacking is an important part of a balanced pregnancy eating plan and when snacking is done right, it can contribute to intakes of much-needed nutrients, help curb appetite, and possibly prevent excessive weight gain.
Elisha Danine, Nutritionist and Natural Medical Practitioner (Adv. Dip. Nut. Med.), shares her thoughts on the benefits of the Pregnancy Smoothies.
During pregnancy we are bombarded with dietary advice from everyone including family, friends, neighbours, midwives, hospital staff and sometimes strangers.
We are told not to eat for two, but to eat a better quality diet. This includes increasing fibre, vitamins and minerals all contained in the Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie.
“The main reasons women gain excess weight in pregnancy is due to unhealthy snacking (and lots of it!) We also have a tendency to go ‘all out’ when it comes to eating junk as we feel like it’s warranted and we deserve it for going through this treacherous time,” she says.
“The truth is it’s very hard to stick to a calorie-controlled diet during pregnancy as our hormones can take over causing all kinds of cravings.
“Most women only learn after their baby is born, that we don’t automatically shrink back to size. We only lose an average of 6-8 kilos after delivery (depending on the size of the baby etc.).
“So when you hear about women gaining in excess of 20 and 30 kilos during their pregnancy – that creates more pressure on them as it’s a lot of hard work to lose it.”
Our bodies go through so many changes during pregnancy and it is such an emotional time to cope with a newborn with all the things that come along with it.
Gaining excess weight during pregnancy is actually something we can control and that’s why I was so glad to see The Healthy Mummy has come up with this healthy pregnancy smoothie snack that is full of all the essential vitamins and minerals we need when growing another human being.
What Elisha loves about The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie formulation:
- It is high in protein, which is crucial for your baby’s growth, especially during the second and third trimesters.
- Low in sodium – which is important as many of us will encounter the dreaded ‘cankles’ during pregnancy – due to fluid retention. A diet low in sodium will help to reduce this problem.
- It’s high in essential minerals such as iron, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. As well as providing the nutrients to enable our babies to develop and grow, minerals help us to stay healthy such as minimising night cramps, and providing enough iron to transfer to the baby to last it until around 6 months of age – when solids are normally introduced.
“The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie is very versatile, is free from artificial colours and flavours and can also be combined with fruit and vegetables to create super yummy and highly nutritious smoothies.
“I highly recommend The Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie as a healthy snack during and after pregnancy and in addition to your everyday pregnancy multi-vitamins.”
Always speak to your doctor before changing your diet, taking any supplements or undertaking any exercise program in pregnancy. The information on this site is for reference only and is not medical advice and should not be treated as such, and is not intended in any way as a substitute for professional medical advice.
Our plans promote a health weight gain in pregnancy to benefit the mother & baby and you can read more on this here.