I have recently been having issues with eating. When I say recently, I mean the last 30 or so weeks since I’ve been pregnant! This has never happened before – I have been known to finish off a good part of a chocolate cake when pregnant, and taking my vitamins and eating right was always easy for me! It’s been so frustrating because it’s so hard to explain and nobody seems to understand what is really going on. It’s not that I am physically nauseous, it’s more that the thought of foods or textures (thank you Kelley Johnson @ kelleysnutrition.blogspot.com) makes me cringe and I just cannot get anything down. I recently reached out to Kelley, being a certified Nutritionist, to see if she had any advice, as even my midwife couldn’t help me! Kelley suggested juice therapy, since that seemed to be all I wanted to drink anyway and wasn’t really into eating whole fruits. This was such a great idea! I found so many great recipes that have been helping. I am still feeling somewhat hungry, but at least I have some more energy to get through the day and don’t feel like I am completely depriving myself and my baby of essential nutrients and calories.
Latest fave in the juice diet
Strawberry Banana Orange Juice Smoothie
4-6 strawberries, or 1/2 cup approximately
1/2 – 1 cup orange juice, depending on how thick you like it
1-2 tbsp wheat germ soaked in the juice beforehand
Mix and enjoy!
This is another great one I can’t wait to try. We eat a lot of dates with our Moroccan culture and they are so good for pregnant and nursing moms. Buttermilk is a probiotic, so if you are like me and have trouble with regular yogurt, this is a great drink with the same benefits! If you are wondering how you will possibly use up an entire container of buttermilk, add one cup to a hot bath with a few drops of your favorite essential oil and relax. Buttermilk is wonderful for treating rough or dry skin!
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 ripe bananas
11 dates, dried and pitted
1 teaspoon honey
Pinch of salt
1 cup ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
Serves 2. Per serving: 297 calories; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 71 g carbs; 165 mg sodium; 6 g protein; 6 g fiber. Suitable for Week 3 and 4 (and Week 2 after dairy reintroduction) of the Whole Living Action Plan 28-Day Challenge.
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