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5 Smoothie Hacks for a Healthier Pregnancy

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Sometimes a nice, tart, fruity smoothie is the only thing that sounds good when you are pregnant (or am I speaking for myself???). The problem is you still might not get everything you need nutrient-wise for your growing baby. Here are a few hacks to get the extra vitamins/minerals and protein you need, without compromising on taste for your crazy sensitive taste buds.

  1. Coconut Milk Ice Cubes – If milk isn’t doing your body good because you can’t choke it down, try this. Use water as your main liquid in your smoothie/shake, and then instead of ice cubes to make it frothy, add a few frozen coconut milk cubes instead. Freeze them and then throw them in a zip lock in your freezer to make it easier next time you pull out the blender. Coconut milk is FULL of healthy nutrients, like calcium and fats that you desperately need while growing another human.
  2. Crushed Flax or Chia Seeds -Like peanut butter needs jelly to make a delicious sandwich, you need Omegas to help make a healthy baby. But often you can’t stomach the smell, let alone the taste of fish oil. We get it – it’s awful! So try crushed flax seeds in your smoothie/shake. They will blend into your drink so smoothly you will hardly notice, and you will get those Omega 3’s you need without the nasty aftertaste and/or burps throughout the day. It’s a great alternative.
  3. Pregnancy-safe Protein Powder - You are technically supposed to get 75-95 grams of protein every single day during pregnancy (you need more if you are having more than one baby!). Even if you are a major carnivore, it’s hard to get that much when you are pregnant. So try a pregnancy-safe protein powder! If you aren’t sure about the safety, check the label. There will be a warning sign specifically for pregnant/nursing women. Or you can just try Mommi 3-in-1! It was designed for pregnant women so it’s full of good nutrition that won’t harm you or baby while you are growing together.
  4. Oats Oats and more Oats! - Carb is no longer a 4-letter word when you are pregnant! It’s time to rejoice but only if you are getting the right kind of carbs and not shoveling white toast and mashed potatoes down your throat all day (but no judgement if you are – that’s what I did when I was sick and pregnant and I had 75 pounds of weight gain to show for it). Eat better carbs to improve energy, help fill your belly, add an amazing full flavor to smoothies/shakes, and wait for it… boost milk supply if you are breastfeeding! Seriously oats do WONDERS for your breastmilk supply. If you are like me you aren’t high on oatmeal or warm food while you are pregnant and not feeling great. But adding them to a smoothie is a great way to go. We have a ton of recipes on our Instagram @mommihealth.
  5. Drink a Rainbow - I could not keep down green smoothies while I was pregnant. No matter how hard I tried to eat like a beautiful vegan goddess, my body (or baby, who knows) rejected it EVERY TIME. However, I found that when I added a frozen banana to my smoothie/shake alongside spinach and kale, I was good to go! The tangy creaminess of the ripe and frozen banana covered up the taste of the greens but I still got all the benefits. So think about adding all the colors to your shake if you can’t keep down the pure green goodness. And if you can drink the green while expecting, then more power to you!

Do you have smoothie hacks of your own? We want to know what they are! Let us know how these work for you as well – we’d love to hear from you and make more suggestions to our pregnant/breastfeeding friends out there. Afterall, it takes a village!  Happy smoothie-making mamas!

 

Poolside or Beachside Perfection—Strawberry, Blueberry Smoothie

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Erin was sitting poolside drinking her strawberry, blueberry Mommi 3-in-1 shake—Protein + Prenatals + DHA never tasted …or felt this good. 

Now she’s on the beach in Hawaii and still enjoying this tasty treat.

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It is simple to make and so refreshing.

- 10 oz coconut milk (or liquid of your choice)

- Handful of frozen strawberries

- Handful of frozen blueberries (frozen so you don’t have to add ice to make it cold)

- 1 serving Vanilla Mommi protein powder.

Blend it up and enjoy!! Preferably by the pool in CA or on the beach in Hawaii with Erin!!

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The ONE Ingredient That Makes Hair Healthier Than a Prenatal

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When I was in college and definitely not trying to get pregnant, I was taking prenatals. Why, you may ask? Well I had just gone to a hair school to get a cheap haircut and the girl gave me bangs. And let’s just say that bangs were not a good look for me. So I needed my hair to grow… STAT. I went to the closest grocery store, grabbed a bottle of prenatals, and started a routine. And I’m telling you, it grew like Jack’s beanstalk.

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Fast-forward 10 years and I found myself taking prenatals again, but this time I was pregnant. I was also lucky to have a lot of pregnancy-safe protein powder with prenatals and DHA lying around (thanks to Mommi:). Hair growth is not something I anticipated or even thought about while designing Mommi 3-in-1. I was looking specifically at prenatal health for the baby and mother’s benefit.

But naturally, it was a perfect fit for hair growth as well. And what I discovered was a really cool hidden benefit. The protein in Mommi was helping my hair grow just as much as the iron, biotin, copper, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, & E found in the shake (prenatals & DHA). So it was like a Blake-Lively-hair-party-for-9-months-and-beyond experience. Win win win win….winning (like Charlie Sheen but with way better hair).

Basically, protein in your diet helps the body to produce keratin, which is fundamental to the hair structure. When keratin weakens, hair strands are more prone to breakage. To nourish hair with protein, eat a diet that includes high-quality, lean protein, aka Mommi 3-in-1.

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Don’t believe me? Give it a try? What have you got to lose? Definitely not your hair! Do you have any tips or tricks for hair growth that you want to share? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @mommihealth. I’d love to hear them!

Vanilla Cream Cupcakes from Eat Your Cake Too Were Definitely Favoring One Gender

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Who doesn’t love a delicious and absolutely GORGEOUS cupcake to reveal the gender of your unborn baby? As we were putting together the pieces for our recent Mommi photo shoot I was ecstatic that Kristine Guerrero of Eat Your Cake Too was willing to create her brilliant cupcake and cake masterpieces for us to enjoy. Our “baby shower” would not have been complete without them.

It was so much fun to see all of the genders revealed from our 12 beautiful Mommi mamas and to find out all at once that 9 of the 12 were boys!! And I’m not going to lie… it was really fun eating her baby shower mint ombre cake (see my enjoyment below) and sneaking cupcakes here and there as well! No shame in enjoying good cake!

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Prenatals—Are They All the Same? What Do I Really Need?

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It’s a new year – a new you – and maybe even a new baby! Whatever your situation, you can benefit from a good prenatal supplement. But not all prenatals are alike!

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Say what? The standard of prenatal nutrition varies from company to company and from pill to gel cap to liquid drink to protein shake (think Mommi). The levels and source of vitamins are the important things to watch for in making sure you are getting everything your baby needs (and you too) for a healthy pregnancy.

So I spent a little bit of time yesterday with our awesome CMO—Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Yvonne Bohn. We talked about all sorts of fun things but most importantly and what I wanted to share here is what are the trends for prenatals in 2016?

  1. Lower levels (or elimination) of Vitamin A – if you were cursed with acne like I was when I was a teenager, you are likely familiar with Accutane and/or Retin-A – both strong in Vitamin A, to clear up your skin. If you endured these treatments you also probably had to take pregnancy tests for the duration because those high levels of A can lead to birth defects.

  2. Gummies – who doesn’t like a gummy bear and especially when it’s good for you! These little gummies of goodness taste great and give you the prenatals and… get this… the DHA (fish oil no less) you need during pregnancy. But beware – you have to take 2 to get the daily recommended value and they don’t have iron because iron simply doesn’t get the gummy to gum. And many have high levels of sugar. So read the label and be mindful that you may need to take an extra iron supplement.

  3. Smaller size pills – for some reason if you don’t normally have a hard time taking a horse pill, you definitely do during pregnancy. Smaller-sized vitamins are becoming more popular – just make sure they are still packed with the levels you need to optimize nutrition.

  4. Drinkable prenatals – there are many studies on the positive effect of getting your vitamins in liquid form – they absorb quicker, act faster, and help with nausea that often hits shortly after taking large pills that tend to sit in your stomach and slowly dissolve.

Staying informed is so important for new health trends during pregnancy but there is a lot of noise out there and things change ALL the time – for a good rule of thumb we love Web MD’s Guide to Prenatal-Vitamins for what proper prenatal nutrition looks like. If you want to be really secure in your choices, compare this against the supplement facts on your prenatal of choice.

And “bottom’s up” if that includes a Mommi prenatal protein shake!! :)

Maternity Wellness Healthy Pregnancy Holiday Giveaway

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Enter now for your chance to win a Maternity Wellness Trio of Gifts.

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We are super excited for the 12 Days of Christmas.  So for Day 3 we bring you a wonderful trio giveaway for the fit mom-to-be.  For this awesome prize we are teaming up with two of our favorite brands—For Two Fitness and Sara Haley Fit.

This prize pack features everything you need to keep yourself feeling great inside and out. One lucky winner receives prizes from these 3 great brands. Entry form below.

First up, $150 For Two Fitness Workout Wardrobe 

To keep you looking good throughout your pregnancy, is a $150 workout wardrobe from For Two Fitness.  Discover maternity workout clothes from For Two Fitness – the most raved about, world-class apparel for every prenatal workout.

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Second, a DVD bundle from fitness celebrity, and personal trainer to the stars, Sara Haley.

Stay fit, healthy and motivated through pregnancy and beyond with pre and postnatal fitness specialist, Sara Haley’s, award-winning workout programs. Both are safe and effective for all moms. Expecting MORE will guide you through your prenatal fitness journey and Expecting MORE: The 4th Trimester Workout will guide you through postnatal recovery to be a MORE fit and stronger mom.

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And rounding out this super fun Holiday Giveaway is Mommi 3-in-1 prenatal protein shake and Mommi water & shaker bottle. 

Mommi 3-in-1 is a prenatal protein shake formulated by an OB/GYN and top nutritionists, that conveniently delivers 15 grams of pregnancy safe whey protein, 100%DV of 14 essential prenatal vitamins and 200mg of DHA!  The Mommi Shaker & Water Bottle is great for on-the-go Moms. It has a dual opening cap, holds 24oz of liquid and is BPA free.

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Entry form must be completed to win. Good Luck and Happy Holidays!

Boosting Milk Supply With Protein

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Mommi was birthed (yes, we like puns) when our founder, Erin Schurtz, was pregnant with her first baby and like most first time moms, she scoured every possible source for proper nutrition and prenatal wellness tips.

Folic Acid? Check. Iron? Yes. Calcium? All set. An additional 15 grams of protein? OH OH! Digging deeper, Erin discovered that most protein powders and power bars were not safe for pregnant or nursing women.

Me 2 days before giving birth to JoJo in all my 75lbs weight gain glory.

So Mommi 3-in-1 (prenatal protein shake) was born! Fast forward to baby # 2 and Erin and the Mommi team are still enhancing the Mommi 3-in-1 secret sauce and discovering all the many ways protein supports a women at all phases of her pregnancy…

Which is why we really enjoyed Liz Peard’s article on Baby Gaga this week

 Why and How Eating Protein is One of the Best Ways to Boost Your Milk Supply.”

This terrific article helps you navigate all things protein but here are just a few of our favorites:

What is protein and why is it good for you?

Why do I need protein for lactation?

How much protein do I need if I am breastfeeding?

What are the best sources of protein?

Happy Mommi-ing!

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Orange you glad it’s FRIDAY!?

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Guess what today is…if you guessed Fit Food Friday, you’d be right! BUT if you also guessed Orange Creamsicle Day…you would be correct again! Congrats. And as your reward, I’m sharing with you an Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake recipe. Because, duh, it’ssummer and who doesn’t love creamsicles?! I used the fantastic (as alwaysMommi Protein Powder for this shake and it hit the spot in this summer heat. So check it out… 

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Ingredients
1/4 cup skim milk (or other milk of choice)
1/3 cup greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 medium orange 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
1/2 packet vanilla Mommi protein powder
4-5 ice cubes Directions
Mix all ingredients together and top with whipped cream (if you want to…which I know you do.) If you are out of your Mommi supply, or want to give it a try…use the code BAKINGDIETITIAN for 20% OFF your order!3373437
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