I used to always start my day with a fruit packed smoothie.  I loved getting a hit of goodness in the mornings, but also they are super quick.  And when you are starting work at 6am that is a godsend.  However I have let this habit slip a little recently. During the first trimester of pregnancy I suffered quite badly with morning sickness, you can read more HERE. One of the only ways I could get through my first few client sessions was by eating.  For the past couple of months I have been mainly having a couple of slices of toast prior to leaving the house.  However with moving and> the longer commute, I wanted to get back to my smoothie starts to the day.

One of my main concerns was that a smoothie may not fill me up enough. It had to get me to work and> through at least 2 x 1 hour PT sessions. I used to use protein supplements for this but I’ve not used them in pregnancy and> so I wanted to find natural ways to bulk up my smoothies. Here are my top 3 tips:

Berry SmoothieChia Seeds: Suitable for pregnancy these are a great energy boost.  High in protein, and> omega 3 fatty acids they are a great way to bulk up your smoothie. I bought a Chia and> Blueberry Mix from Chia Bia, as I don’t like bits. This mix is perfect added to a berry smoothie, add 2 tablespoons to almond milk, banana, and> a hand>ful of mixed berries. This keeps me full for a good 3 hours so perfect to drink on the way to work, then I’m ready for breakfast after my clients.

Nut Butters: Adding a tablespoon of nut butter to your smoothie is an excellent way to fill you up.  As with chia seeds nuts are full of fats and> protein, and> add a thickness to your smoothie.  My favourite is an almond butter and> cacao smoothie, it tastes so indulgent. Simply made with banana, almond butter, almond milk and> cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder, this is a definite hit.

Green SmoothieGreek Yoghurt: Greek yoghurt is super high in protein which as we know is great for keeping us feeling full. I use this in green smoothies to help bulk them up.  For example mixing banana, pineapple, spinach, Greek yoghurt and> water together makes a great creamy but delicious smoothie. 

I am definitely going to be trying more smoothies again in the future. What’s your favourite smoothie?