½ ripe banana (medium-sized)
1 green apple
½ medium avocado
300 to 350 ml of water (depending on how you like the consistency)
How to make
- Peel the banana and slice.
- Core the apple and quarter.
- Remove the stone from the avocado and scoop out the flesh.
- Peel the kiwi and chop in half.
- Add all the ingredients to your blender with 300ml of water.
- Blend it up and then add more water and some ice cubes if you prefer the consistency to be thinner.
Benefits in brief
- Apple and kiwi provide vitamin C for collagen boosting and healthy skin.
- Avocados contain good fat, monounsaturated, for healthy skin and hair and for reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Bananas provide potassium for helping circulate oxygen around the body and provide energy. They also provide silicon, an essential element for healthy, strong nails, hair and collagen.
Healthy Tip: The avocado is an excellent superfood for pregnant women and new mothers, particularly if you are nursing your baby. They contain good fat which contributes to helping the healthy development of your baby's brain.
An avocado is only 160 calories, contains some protein and a good amount of healthy fats. They are a low-carb friendly plant food as they are rich in fibre which helps sustain appetite and beat sugar cravings. Plus it has more..
Just one small avocado contains:
- Healthy Fats. The Monounsaturated in avocados is essential for postnatal nutrition! Healthy fat contributes to strengthening connective tissue and fascia around your muscles. The connective tissue which binds your paired muscle, rectus abdominis or 'six-pack', and runs down the centre of your stomach has been stretched during pregnancy and may remain stretched and weakened for months (and sometimes years) after childbirth. A good dose of healthy fats in your diet will help strengthen that connective tissue to bring the muscles back together.
- Vitamin K. A quarter of your daily allowance. This helps promote blood clotting good for helping reduce haemorrhaging during the delivery of your baby or post-birth.
- Folate. Helps the production of red blood cells for babies in the utero.
- Vitamin C. Helps with pregnancy muscle cramps, dry skin during winter and anaemia
- Potassium. Helps with easing muscle cramps, digestion (ease heartburn) and nerve function
- Vitamin B5. For energy and maintains healthy skin and nervous system
- Vitamin B6. Improves your metabolism and breakdown of protein in food to increase muscle tone
- Vitamin E. A natural antioxidant which helps healing and scarring (good for healing a c-section scar)
- Small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, Vitamins B1, B2 and B3. All these nutrients will help with energy, calcium balance which helps your baby and you build strong bones and teeth. Magnesium is great for easing anxiety about birth.