View Full Version : Is it bad to be "not" so into green smoothies right now?
08-02-2007, 10:43 PM
I don't know what's wrong with me (other than the fact that I'm pregnant, duh, everyone knows weird things happen!) but I am just not attracted to green smoothies in the least! For the past year I've been raw to some extent, and always was happy to get my green smoothie in every day (one whole big bunch of greens), even if I ate some SAD that day.
Now the thought of drinking one is just like, bleh. Not that they taste bad, it's just not what my body is craving! I've been making alot of chocolate/nut milk/banana shakes - and also eating alot of guacamole with carrot sticks. Also watermelon and some peaches, some berries. Just not green drinks, and not salads either.
I feel bad because I'm making a baby here - I know it's really important so I try to force myself to have at least half a bunch of greens worth of smoothie every day. It's like I dread it all day, and I know that's not what raw is all about!
What do you think? Should I continue to force-feed myself, or wait until my body does crave it again? I've been 100% raw for 11 days now, if that helps.
08-02-2007, 10:51 PM
This is MY personal opinion...our bodies usually (when clean and given the right "stuff" for a while) know what they need and can communicate that pretty well if we really "listen". I would say not to force yourself to drink green smoothies if they are that much of a turn-off for you at this time. It's not to say that you will not look up one day and find yourself absolutely CRAVING one before your pregnancy is over!
Also, if you have any, I'd "sneak" in maybe a tsp. or so of green powder into your shake. I do this for myself as well as for my son who loves shakes but isn't really "feeling" green smoothies either right now.
You cannot see (due to the cacao/carob) nor taste the greens in it at all so long as you don't over do it. That way, you're getting in some greens until you are ready to start having green smoothies and/or salads!
You can also look into other ways of getting some greens in such as kale chips, collard wraps, marinated greens, etc.
08-03-2007, 12:55 AM
I cant drink green smoothies right now either. I gag when I try to force feed myself and I feel so bad because my body loves them. Nothing I've tried has helped. I dont like them sweet so bananas and dates are out (don't like bananas anyway!)
I try to eat plenty of greens during the day and add green powders to my fruit smoothies. That's the best I can do right now.
08-03-2007, 05:22 AM
when i can't deal with the regular green smoothie-
i try making a v-8 type of lunch drink.
it's savory and translates into a whole nuther food group.
08-03-2007, 06:02 AM
Hey there! You KNEW you'd hear from me - LOL! I totally agree with adding the green food powder - btw - Alissa's is great - to your choc. shake. It IS very important that you do get your greens in there for you and your baby. And you really can't taste the green. Do you like fruit smoothies? If yes, add the powder to them. And I agree too that one day your body will be craving greens. What's important too is not to stress over this. That's not gonna help things. I'd say go with the powder. It's got a lot of green in a little bit - and that's all you'd need.
08-03-2007, 01:11 PM
When I was pregnant, the thought of drinking just about anything but water made me gag. Especially in the morning. After a few weeks, all I wanted was green juice and I wanted it as green as I could get it with lots of lemon. (Weird I know) but I think that if you force it, you may never want to drink them again.
08-03-2007, 06:05 PM
If you don't like it, don't eat it. Try a plain fruit smoothie, or varying the greens, or eating different seaweed. Sometimes I could not stand onions; now I have to have them. For a few months I couldn't eat cabbage.
08-03-2007, 06:29 PM
can you flavor your green smoothies ( the ones you are really WANTING to enjoy) with something unusual which you do not normally put into your green smoothie...like mint, or some fruit which you have not been putting into your green smoothie ..like pineapple or coconut milk, or some other fruit, which would make it more appealing..just perhaps a couple less greens and more of the addition.
.or preferably this 'secret ( and normally enjoyed )ingredient would make the task less unpleasant and more something to look foreward to..without deleting any of the normal quantity of greens.. because greens make healthy blood which helps make healthy babies.
08-05-2007, 02:09 PM
i put cocoa and cinnamon in my green smoothies and its like a big delicious chocolate shake
08-05-2007, 03:40 PM
Lettuce is not known for the most nutrients of all veggies, but it is not very strong in taste. I can put half of head of lettuce along with other ingredients that I like and not really be aware of the lettuce.
08-05-2007, 03:55 PM
After about five years (I believe that is the time frame), Victoria Boutenko and family got tired of green smoothies! Can you believe that? They were starting to experience some weird little things, like warts, tiredness, etc. Victoria got busy exploring the chimpanzee's diet (again) in addition to other animals and realized that animals (esp. chimpanzees) change up their greens. They just don't have spinach or lettuce or kale. It seems that an abundance of one green contains a (minute) amount of toxins - not enough to kill, but enough to ward the animals off and venure to another plant. So I suggest adding various greens, don't just stick with spinach, or lettuce, or kale or whatever green - you will tire of it.
And yes, by all means add a strong tasting fruit. Pineapple really does the trick. So do oranges and lemons. Mint would be very refreshing. The possibilities are endless. Have fun with them!
08-05-2007, 04:01 PM
LOL, I'm supprised it took them 5 years. Five week for me and I was already gagging. I did notice more nausea when I ate too much dark leafy greens too often. Sometimes I like to switch it up with "just" romaine every now and then. Its definitely better than nothing.
08-05-2007, 04:04 PM
Also, I found cucumber to a good addition. Its cooling and soothing to the stomach and doesn't have a strong flavor and can counter the harshness of the greens.
I get the large organic ones at the farmers markets now for 50 cents each!
08-05-2007, 04:08 PM
I forgot to add that after Victoria's discovery of changing up the greens, they are happily ever after drinking their green smoothies daily and all the ailments that starting surfacing left.
When they first started drinking green smoothies, her whole family had various ailments. Her husband - Igor had rheumatoid arthritis, her daughter had terrible asthma, her son had juvenile diabetes and was told he was going to have to inject insulin for the rest of his life and Victoria herself had various ailments, including weight issues. She also had three warts on her face. She had had these since childhood. Within a couple months everyone's ailments healed. Victoria's warts also fell off! And they have remained healthy since. They make sense. Just as much as eating 100% raw makes sense? Incorporating green smoothies that as soon as they hit your tongue are being absorbed into your body make sense. I will never tire of them. They are my life force.
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