Fabulous Fertility Smoothie Recipes!

If you have been reading our blog regularly, you know that a fertility-friendly diet is nutrient dense.  Put another way, good fertility nutrition means eschewing empty calories and choosing foods that pack a nutritional wallop.   This can be particularly challenging in the morning when we’re pressed for time, and later in the afternoon, when our body is craving something sweet to pick us up and carry us through the rest of the day.   These are times when we are particularly vulnerable to the caffeine and sugar rush provided by treats the coffee shop and/or the vending machine.

Enter the smoothie.  Like the “salvage stew” that many of our moms created out of the produce drawer, a smoothie is a place where we can chuck in lots of nutritious ingredients, press a button and, presto!  A satisfying treat that is quick, nourishing and satisfying.

With these challenges in mind our Pulling Down the Moon nutritionist Margaret Wertheim has created some smoothie recipes that are not only nutritious, they are filled with nutrients that support fertility.  In the recipes below, Margaret experiments with almond milk and coconut water as the base of her smoothies and suggests add-ins like probiotic powder, antioxidant and fiber-rich Organic Superfood and our delicious hypo-allergenic rice protein powder, ProMeal. Please note, too, that these smoothies do not use crushed ice.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, a fertility diet does not emphasize cold foods.

Basic Shake
2 scoops vanilla or chocolate ProMeal
1 cup water, almond milk, or coconut milk

Almond Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla ProMeal
1 cup almond milk
¾ cup mixed berries or peaches
optional: ½ banana

Coconut Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla ProMeal
1 cup coconut milk OR ½ cup coconut milk and ½ cup water
¾ cup mixed berries or peaches
optional: ½ banana

Yogurt Fruit Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla ProMeal
½ cup full-fat plain yogurt
¾ cup mixed berries or peaches (a splash of addition liquid may be needed, depending on the kind of berries/fruit used)
optional: ½ banana

Weight Gain Shake
2 scoops vanilla or chocolate ProMeal
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter or almond butter
optional: ½ banana or berries

Mango Kale Smoothie
2 scoops vanilla Promeal
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 leaf of kale
¾ to 1 cup mango
Dash of cinnamon

Other healthy additions: Probiotic powder, nuts (walnuts, almonds, Brazilnuts), oranges, organic spinach or Swiss chard for greens you won't even taste.

*To maximize nutrient and antioxidant content of any of these shakes, add 1 scoop of Organic Superfood*

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