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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!

 

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!

Pumpkin Gingerbread Vanilla Protein Smoothie

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Oh She Glows combines these Fall & fitness inspired smoothies (Pumpkin Pie  and Iron Woman ) to create a festive, harvest drink. Of course we took the liberty to add our very own Mommi 3-in-1 Vanilla and give this already great tasting shake, a prenatal protein boost!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk, plus a bit more if necessary

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

  • 2 tbsp Mommi 3-in-1 Vanilla*

  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses

  • 1 small frozen banana

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp ginger

  • pinch nutmeg

  • Ice, if desired

 1. Soak the oats, almond milk, and chia seeds for at least an hour or overnight. This helps them digest better and it also gives the smoothie a smoother texture.

2. Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Add ice if desired.

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*Click here  if you would like a Mommi 3-in-1 Vanilla sample.

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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Is Protein Powder Safe During Pregnancy?

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When you are pregnant, it’s important to make sure you’re fulfilling all the dietary needs for both you and your baby. During the 9 months of pregnancy, your nutrient requirements increase to support the rapid growth and development of your baby.

When your nutrient intake falls below optimum levels, fetal growth is compromised. Nutrients will first be used to support your needs, before they become available to your baby.

One nutrient that plays a key role in the development of both maternal and fetal tissue is protein. In general, pregnant women need an additional 25 grams of protein per day. A lot of women find it difficult to get an additional 25 grams through whole foods.

So how can you ensure that your daily protein needs are met? One easy and convenient alternative is protein powder. However, there are several types of protein powders on the market today. It is important to understand which supplements are safe to use during pregnancy.

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Choosing a protein powder

Protein sources

The types of protein used in protein powders can be divided into two categories: animal source proteins and plant-based proteins. Animal source proteins include whey, casein, and eggs, whereas plant sources include soy, rice, hemp, and pea proteins. Here is a breakdown of each protein source:

Whey – A by-product of milk. Makes up 20 percent of milk protein. Whey is quickly absorbed by the body. Contains lactose, which is a common allergen. Typically an inexpensive protein source.

Casein – Another by-product of milk. Makes up 80 percent of milk protein. Casein has similar benefits to whey protein, but is more slowly digested. Also contains lactose, making it allergenic to some individuals. Often more expensive than whey protein.

Eggs – Protein found in egg whites. Made by separating the yolks and dehydrating the egg whites. Not suitable for those with an allergy to eggs. One of the more expensive protein sources.

Soy – A by-product of soybeans. May come from genetically engineered soybeans. Found in many other food products, as it is a low-cost protein. Vegan-friendly.

Rice – Protein found in rice. Hypoallergenic. Vegan-friendly.

Hemp – Protein derived from the seeds of the cannabis plant. Hypoallergenic. Vegan-friendly. One of the most expensive protein sources.

Pea – Protein found in yellow split peas. Hypoallergenic. Vegan-friendly.

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Protein quality

If you have read any article regarding protein, you are probably familiar with the terms complete and incomplete proteins. In most articles, the difference between the two terms is often described as follows.

Complete proteins contain all nine of the essential amino acids, and are found in animal sources. Incomplete proteins are missing one or more essential amino acids, and are found in most plant sources. With this description, it would seem that plant proteins are of lower quality than animal proteins. But is this really the case?

The short answer – no. The long answer – despite popular belief, all grain and vegetable proteins contain all of the essential amino acids. However, keep in mind two things. Plant proteins may contain lower amounts of the essential amino acids, when compared to the amounts found in animal proteins.

Plant proteins often have lower bioavailability compared to animal proteins. This means that less of the proteins in the food are available for absorption. While it may take more dedication for someone eating a plant-based diet to ensure they are getting enough of the essential amino acids, it can be done by eating a well-balanced diet.

So which protein to choose?

Realistically, any of the above proteins are generally considered safe for consumption during pregnancy. The one thing to note is that while most proteins naturally contain heavy metals, plant-based proteins tend to have higher heavy metal counts than animal-based proteins.

Some of these metals are required by the human body, but it is best to keep consumption to a minimum. They are only needed in trace amounts. Therefore, be sure to look into the safety, quality, and purity standards of any product, before you make a purchase.

If you are looking for non-GMO products, be sure to check the front of the package or the ingredient list. Some soy-based proteins come from genetically engineered soybeans.

Lastly, although research is limited, most nutritive sweeteners, and a few non-nutritive sweeteners, have been deemed safe for consumption during pregnancy. However, be sure to stay away from products that contain the non-nutritive sweetener saccharin, as the safety of its use during pregnancy is still under question. Please refer to the link below for more information about the consumption of sweeteners during pregnancy.

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Protein powders specially formulated for pregnant women

If you are pregnant, getting enough protein in your diet is just part of the picture. You also want to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. One of the best products available on the market today is called Mommi Prenatal Protein Powder (no bias here).

Are you looking for a great way to get an all-in-one solution, without having to do a lot of your own research and testing between different alternatives? If that’s the case, the Mommi Prenatal Protein Powder is an easy choice.

Mommi Prenatal Protein Powder is a specially formulated product, which contains a complete prenatal vitamin and 15 grams of whey protein. The formula is non-GMO, gluten-free, and contains all of the essential vitamins women need during pregnancy. The vitamins in the presence of protein allows for greater absorption of the vitamins, helping to ensure you meet your daily micronutrient requirements.

Perhaps the best thing of all about the Mommi formula is that it comes in two different delicious flavors – chocolate and vanilla. When taking the Mommi, you can simply throw it into your blender with water or milk; you can even blend it with fork if you don’t have a blender or shaker bottle. Alternatively, you can mix it together with your favorite ingredients to make a smoothie. You can also find some really tasty recipes on the mommi.com/recipes.

If you are concerned about your dietary requirements during pregnancy, then consuming a protein powder product is ideal for you. We are talking about products which contain all of the essential vitamins and minerals. Despite the product, you need a well-balanced diet, since that’s an easy and pain-free way to ensure you’re getting everything you need, for both you and your baby.

Mommi Prenatal Protein Powder has been created specifically with pregnant and nursing women in mind. Visit mommi.com/shop to try one pouch or sign up for a subscription and save.  Alternatively, there are other good products available. Just be sure to do your research first, to verify that they are suitable for pregnant women.

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A Pampered Pregnancy Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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Hello pregnant mamas out there! Mother’s Day is coming up and you know what that means??? It’s time to get pampered!

We know how hard you are working to bring a little special someone into the world so we thought we would make it a little sweeter this Mother’s Day with a giveaway full of our favorite pregnancy items brought to you by Mommi & Baby Bump Bundle.

Pampered Pregnancy Giveaway

The items included in the giveaway are:

1. Month’s Supply of Mommi 3-in-1 prenatals, DHA & protein
2. Mommi Protein Shaker Bottle
3. Knocked-Up Nails Pregnancy-safe Nail Polish
4. Brick Road Mineral Lip Gloss
5. Organic Pregnancy Wellness Tea
6. Labor “Push” Socks
7. $50 American Express Card – to purchase all your Mommi 3-in-1 Smoothie items:)
8. Bump Nest Pregnancy Pillow
9. Capri Blue Mercury Glass Jar Candle
10. Bonnie Marcus Sonogram Photo Frame

Enter the giveaway by signing up for Mommi’s weekly newsletter here and the Baby Bump Bundle newsletter here. for additional entries visit Mommi’s Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest accounts for more information on how to enter through social media.

Hats off to you pregnant mamas! Winner will be announced this Sunday, May 11th, which also happens to be a day you will always remember and celebrate with your babes – Mother’s Day!

Questions? E-mail info@mommi.com and we will get back to you right away!

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