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The roller coaster of pregnancy nausea is not the most fun side effect of having a baby on board (obviously). But, besides carrying around packets of crackers and bottles of ginger ale, what is one other thing you can do to quell your queasies? Consume more liquid-based foods, which are easier to keep down. Think soups. Think smoothies. And think about getting these fantastic smoothie recipes into your pregnancy diet.
Banana Apricot Soy Freeze
Banana Apricot Soy Freeze
Get all of the benefits of soy with this sweet blend of fruit, frozen yogurt and soy milk.
Make it a meal: Get protein and Omega-3 fatty acids with 3 ounces grilled salmon. Add 1 cup couscous, cooked according to package directions, and 1 cup steamed broccoli with 2 teaspoons butter or margarine.
This cool drink delivers plenty of protein, calcium and vitamin C. Mint makes it especially refreshing on hot days.
Make it a meal: Round out this fruit- and calcium-rich recipe with protein and whole grains. Make a tuna salad sandwich out of 2 slices whole-grain bread and 2 ounces drained, water-packed tuna mixed with chopped celery or water chestnuts and 2 teaspoons mayonnaise.
Banana Lime Smoothie
To get the best texture, use only frozen berries when making this smoothie.
Make it a meal: For a serving of grains and additional calcium, eat a 2-ounce whole-grain bagel or English muffin topped with 1 ounce melted jack or cheddar cheese.
Yogurt Fruit Smoothie
You'll get a boost of vitamin C from this light and tasty drink.
Make it a meal: An egg pocket scramble provides calcium and protein: Scramble 1 egg in 1 teaspoon butter. Put egg in 2-ounce whole-wheat pita pocket and add 1 ounce Swiss cheese and 1–2 tablespoons salsa.
Even if you don't like carrot juice, you're sure to enjoy this simple smoothie.
Make it a meal: A salad adds protein and calcium to this light, refreshing smoothie. Mix 2 cups dark greens, such as romaine lettuce and spinach; 1/2 red bell pepper or tomato, chopped; 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped; 1/4 cup garbanzo beans; 1 ounce feta cheese made from pasteurized milk; and 2 tablespoons Italian dressing, or 2 tablespoons olive oil mixed with 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Round it out with a 2-ounce whole-grain roll.
A touch of fresh ginger in this creamy peach blend can help ease a queasy stomach.
Make it a meal: Eat meat and vegetables with this fruit-rich, protein-light smoothie. Top 1 cup white rice with 2 teaspoons butter and serve with 3 ounces grilled pork tenderloin and 1 cup assorted grilled vegetables.