High Protein Low Carb Banana Smoothie Lite

Hot summer days and Morning Sickness do not always make for a comfortable mommy to be.   When you have those days where you want to settle the tummy,  keep the food you eat lite, gentle yet nutritionally strong, here’s a great, simple recipe that hits the spot.

Refreshing, easy to make, high protein, low carbs. Perfect for a hot summer day. Simple, refreshing. Not too heavy to slow you down.

Here’s the Basic Recipe shown on the video below:

8 oz water
Ice
1 Scoop of Smart Meal Vanilla Protein Mix
1/2 Banana
Dash Nutmeg to taste
1/4 c Soy Milk
1/4 c full fat plain yogurt

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This basic recipe is perfect for a hot summer day when you want to calm the tummy if it’s been upset. The basic recipe is perfect
for that.

When you want a bit more filling smoothie, here are two adjustments to try:

1. Use basic recipe and add one more scoop of Smart Meal Vanilla Protein Mix
2. Add 1/4 cup more yogurt.

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Vanilla Oat Pregnancy Protein Bars

Here is a very filling and tasty recipe I made for a nutritiously dense protein bar.  If you like peanut butter, this is a great recipe to use. The video below shows how it goes together.

Vanilla and Peanut Butter Oat Protein Bars

Peanut Butter Pregnancy Protein Bars 1

Peanut Butter Pregnancy Protein Bars 1

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup Amaranth flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup Smart Meal Vanilla protein powder (8TBS or 113 g)
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup raisins or dried fruit and chopped
¼ cup golden flax seeds
1 ½  cup soymilk

Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Stir and mix well with a spoon.   When all mixed into a thick paste, put into lightly greased  9” x 9” pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35 – 45 minutes.

When done baking, let cool.  These will still be moist upon removal from oven.  As they cool they will continue to firm up.  These will have a cake like consistency. A small piece is very filling.

Cut into squares. Wrap in individual bars. Put into freezer bags and freeze. These get very tasty when you take them out of the freezer. Just eat when they get to room temp. Good for 6months.

Aloe Vera Juice for Morning Sickness

aloe-vera-plantThere are many benefits to Aloe Vera juice. Aloe juice is a bit different than the external Aloe Vera gel. Many people are familiar with the external benefits of Aloe Vera.

A pure Aloe Vera juice can provide many of the same soothing and healing properties internally as you get with a topical gel. In addition, the juice of Aloe Vera aids in digestion, improves circulation, detoxifies the body and heals from the inside.

During your pregnancy occasionally using Aloe Vera juice can provide extra vitamins and minerals for you and your baby. One of the added benefits of using this when you have morning sickness is the soothing properties it can provide to your esophagus, stomach and intestines.

Aloe is known for soothing and healing inflamed tissues. When morning sickness brings about nausea, this Aloe Vera juice is a simple way to nourish and help soothe those irritated cells inside.

Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems.

It is also said that aloe vera juice can improve circulation. The aloe helps dilate the capillaries and aid in cell growth. When pregnant, your blood cell production increases to support you and baby. Having healthy circulation will help you to feel great and can also help reduce aches and pains that happen when a person starts to move less.

Aloe vera juice also has many benefits that aloe vera gel does. It acts as a antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent, preventing illness. The overall effect of taking aloe vera juice regularly can be a feeling of energy and health.

Many people have been misinformed of Aloe Vera’s safety for pregnant women. They are under the impression that all Aloe Vera is a laxative and that it will cause the depletion of electrolytes because of the onset of diarrhea.  This is not accurate.

Aloe juice does however gently encourage the bowels to move and a lot of individuals experience constipation and welcome this encouragement. Aloe Vera balances the bowels. If an individual is constipated it will help with elimination and if an individual has diarrhea it will slow it. Studies have also proven that Aloe Vera is 100% safe and not toxic!

Pregnant women can take NSP’s Aloe Vera Juice throughout the entire pregnancy just keep the dosage at 1 ounce = 2 tbs daily instead of the 2-4 oz daily for non pregnant women.

The Top 5 Aloe Vera Juice Benefits for Morning Sickness

1. Body-Building Blocks

Amino acids are our body’s building blocks. Eight amino acids, which are essential and cannot be made by the body are found within aloe vera juice! Drinking Aloe Vera Juice on a regular basis allows you to help maintain your health by replenishing your body naturally with these essential amino acids. An analysis of the aloe vera plant shows that it comes closer than any other known plant to the duplication of essential amino acids. During pregnancy an occasional use of aloe vera juice helps provide a balance of nutrition from a variety of resources.

2. Aloe Vera Juice Benefits of Anti-inflammatory Properties

Aloe vera includes 12 natural substances that have been shown to inhibit inflammation without side effects. Aloe vera juice benefits may also include the support proper joint and muscle mobility. As your joints and ligaments move, stretch and adjust during pregnancy, Aloe’s soothing once again helps you feel your best.

3. Daily Dose of Vitamins

Aloe Vera juice is loaded with vitamins including: Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E, Folic Acid and Niacin. The human body simply cannot store some of these vitamins; therefore we need to supplement them regularly through our diets. During pregnancy a good Prenatal Vitamin is recommended to help make sure you get the nutrients you and baby need. Occasionally using Aloe Vera juice during pregnancy is a gentle compliment to the variety of nutrition you will consume while the baby is growing.

4. Daily Dose of Minerals

Some of the minerals found in aloe vera juice include calcium, sodium, iron, potassium, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper, and zinc. What a powerful storehouse we have in aloe vera juice benefits! We all know that adding foods to our diets with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals is recommended for overall health. Drinking aloe vera juice is a natural and healthful way to replenish the body’s supply.

5. Rapid Soothing

Aloe Vera is legendary for its soothing properties. When your stomach is upset from morning sickness or if you get indigestion as the baby gets bigger, an ounce of Aloe Vera Juice helps to soothe the inflamed tissues to help you feel better.

Bonus: Dental Health and Hygiene

Aloe Vera juice benefits your mouth and gums. One side effect the pregnancy can cause some women is sensitive gums or even bleeding gums. The aloe vera juice helps keep gum tissue toned and strong. This can also help reduce sensitivity in the gums and may even help reduce bleeding of the gums while pregnant.

The Aloe Vera Juice here on NoMorningSickness.com has a nice lemon/lime flavor and tastes great.

I have used is straight from the bottle and have added an ounce to orange juice, apple juice for variety.

Protein in your Pregnancy Diet

Why you need protein during pregnancy

The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your body’s cells – and of your baby’s body as well. It’s important to get enough protein throughout your pregnancy, but especially during the second and third trimesters, when your baby is growing the fastest and your breasts and organs are getting bigger to accommodate the needs of your growing baby.

How much protein you need According to the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board:

Pregnant women: about 70 grams (g) of protein per day

Non-pregnant women: about 45 g

You don’t have to get the recommended amount of protein every day. Instead, aim for that amount as an average over the course of a few days or a week.

Most women in the United States regularly eat more protein in a day than they need, so you probably won’t have any trouble meeting your body’s needs during pregnancy. If you don’t eat meat, you can meet your protein requirements through other sources, including dairy, beans, or soy products.

Food sources of protein

Beans are a great source of protein, as are lean meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, eggs, milk, cheese, tofu, and yogurt. While animal products contain complete proteins (all nine amino acid components) and other plant sources alone generally don’t.  Eating a variety of foods throughout the course of the day will help ensure that you get all of the amino acids you need.

Eat three or four servings of protein daily and you’ll be well on your way to eating right for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Here are some good protein sources:

Beans, nuts, legumes

Dairy

  • 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese: 14 g
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese: 14 g
  • 8 ounce container low-fat yogurt: 9 to 12 g
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese: 11 g
  • 1 ounce Swiss cheese: 8 g
  • 1 cup skim milk: 8 g
  • 1 ounce part-skim mozzarella cheese: 7 g
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese: 7 g
  • 1 large fresh egg: 6 g

Meat, poultry and fish
Note that 3 ounces of meat or fish is about the size of a pack of cards.

  • 1/2 roasted chicken breast (no skin): 27 g
  • 3 ounces sockeye salmon: 23 g
  • 3 ounces trout: 23 g
  • 3 ounce lean beef hamburger patty, broiled: 21g

Caution: Not all fish are considered safe during pregnancy. Some predator fish, such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish should be avoided because they contain methyl mercury, a metal believed to be harmful in high doses to the growing brains of fetuses and young children. In addition, the FDA recommends that you limit your total consumption of other fish to about 12 ounces per week during pregnancy.

The signs of a protein deficiency

Weight loss, muscle fatigue, frequent infections, and severe fluid retention can be signs that you’re not getting enough protein in your diet.

 

Peppermint Oil for Soothing the Tummy and Minty Treats

Peppermint-OilPeppermint is a North American grown herb that contains no caffeine.

Quite often, peppermint is consumed after meals as the oils stimulate the flow of bile to the stomach and helps relieve gas pains. Additionally, it has been reported and written that peppermint sweetens the breath and calms the digestive system, plus it helps heartburn, stomach ache and nausea, stomach cramps, gas, flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea  and bloating.   With morning sickness, it can also help with freshening the mouth while calming the stomach.

I keep a bottle of this oil with me in my purse and another at home. That way I am always ready for a pick me up in my water.  I can make pure peppermint tea and I also have made some great recipes for chocolate mint protein shakes, protein puddings and other treats with this oil.

Peppermint Oil supports healthy digestion. This popular flavoring has a variety of uses in herbology. A couple of drops can be added to a glass of water or a cup of hot water for a soothing, refreshing after-meal drink. (Watch video below to see how easy it is to make a tea.)

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used to help promote digestion and has cooling and stimulating properties. Many people put a touch of Peppermint Oil on the temples.

While other manufacturers may be tempted to sell oil of cornmint or menthol as peppermint oil, Nature’s Sunshine sells only pure, unadulterated peppermint oil. A little goes a long way.

Add 1–2 drops to 8 oz. hot (tea) or cold water for a refreshing after-meal drink.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Click on the Add To Cart button shown above.

2. You will go to the special RxNaturally store for NaturesSunshine

3.  You can fill your cart with the protein shakes and check out, or, you can come back to the NMS site and add more of the items shown here for pregnancy.

4. If this is your first time ordering, you’ll be asked to provide a sponsor number so you can get special savings.  The Sponsor information for RxNaturally is: Debbra Sweet. It should auto populate when you set up your own account the first time.  If not, simply type it in to get the savings.

5.  For great savings, and convenience to have healthy food delivered to you from Natures Sunshine each month, you can choose the auto ship. This option provides an easy way for you to always have your products on hand. 

If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As a Certified Herb Specialist with NSP you get support and coaching from me and my team at no cost to you!

 

NOTE: It works well for IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome – but people with GERD will worsen their problems with this. It is advised that pregnant or nursing mothers use peppermint teas with moderation. Natures Sunshine’s Peppermint Oil is pure and potent. Only a drop or two are needed.

 

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