Monday, August 9, 2010

Going green

Matt and I started birthing classes a few weeks ago, and we decided to go with the "Bradley Method". This method is highly concerned with mom's eating habits during pregnancy. They even give you a journal every week to keep track of all the things you are supposed to be consuming! Every day mom is supposed to consume (in servings):

4 milk/dairy
2 eggs
2 proteins (meat, beans, etc.)
4 whole grains
1 vegetable
2 green vegetables (leafy greens)
3 fats
1 source of vitamin C
80-100 grams of protein
Water (to thirst)

5 yellow/orange fruit or vegetable
3 whole baked potatoes
Liver (once a week, optional)

That seems like SO MUCH food. My biggest struggle is leafy greens. I've struggled with eating them raw for most of the pregnancy. Sensitive gag reflux, so much chewing, can't really explain it. And then I was reminded of the "green smoothie". So I thought, done. I'll put spinach in my smoothies and I'm golden. Well, I've also realized my appetite goes in "phases". I can eat the same thing for about a week and then I don't want to touch it for at least 2! So after 1 week of green smoothies (literally at least 1 every day) - I had enough.

Over the weekend, I really wanted blueberry pancakes - and I have this fabulous recipe from This morning I wanted them again, and decided if spinach doesn't make my smoothie taste funny, it probably won't change the taste of pancakes. And it didn't! Green pancakes taste surprisingly like not green pancakes, and CHECK - one serving of leafy greens for the day.

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