Cashew Berry Smoothie
This smoothie was designed with third trimester and postpartum in mind. The two star ingredients here are dates and collagen protein.
Did you know dates are one of the best foods to eat in your third trimester? Studies have shown that eating dates daily leading up to labor might lessen your need for Pitocin, increase cervical ripeness, quicken cervical dilation and decrease blood loss after delivery. These outcomes were correlated with eating ~6-8 dates per day so getting a few in with your smoothie will definitely put you on the right track. You can also try stuffing dates with peanut butter or ricotta cheese for a quick snack.
Collagen protein is great in both your third trimester to support your growing belly, as well as postpartum to promote healing after birth.
Nourish with a purpose! We hope you enjoy it mama!
cashew berry smoothie
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
1 cup berries (I used 1/2 cup raspberries and 1/2 cup blueberries)
2 medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp cashew butter
4 ice cubes
1 scoop collagen protein
Place all ingredients in blender (except collagen protein) and blend on high until smooth
Add collagen protein and gently blend until mixed. Over-mixing collagen can lead to a funky texture in your smoothie so I like to add it at the end.
Pour and enjoy!
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