Pregnancy Smoothies

by Roz on August 19, 2013

Whenever you see something labeled as a “pregnancy” recipe, you should consider it something you should eat- whether you are 3 years old or 90 years old, a man or a woman, pregnant or not.

I consider “pregnancy food” to be any nutrient-dense, nutritionally balanced, life-giving food. Isn’t that the kind of food we should all be eating?

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Pregnancy and child-rearing is usually the time when mothers decide what nutritional rules they will create for their family…if any. The idea that whatever you put in your body is going determine the development and health of the growing life inside of you is quite a motivating factor for sticking with dietary rules. Typically mothers continue to focus on nutrition as their children grow older and it becomes a part of the family life.

My point is that your childhood nutritional brainwashing- good or bad- is most likely a result of the choices your mother made when she was pregnant with you (or preparing to raise you- however you got there).

So whether you’re pregnant or not, this smoothie is a perfect example of a nutritionally balanced, nutrient-dense meal or snack. I do recommend eating at meal-time only and snacking only if necessary, unless you are pregnant and need to be eating more often.

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Why Should I Eat This?

Frozen Fruit

Fruit gives you a nice foundation of various vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants…and they taste delicious. Make sure you are choosing organic fruit and avoiding toxic pesticides that are anything BUT healthy. Berries are especially laden with chemicals if they are not organic.

Whole Fat Raw Milk

Whole fat raw milk is full of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K, which are essential for immunity, cellular development, cardiovascular health, and almost every other area of health. Minerals in whole raw milk like potassium, calcium and magnesium are essential for bone development as well as supporting healthy muscle development and contractions…which is particularly good for those pesky pregnancy charlie horse cramps and especially for LABOR!

Why RAW milk?

Raw milk contains the enzymes needed to properly digest milk. Without those enzymes you might have difficulty digesting milk whether you realize it or not. (Hello, lactose intolerance!) The pasteurization process kills dangerous germs but also kills the enzymes needed to digest milk, and also most of the beneficial vitamins in the milk, leaving a dead dairy product that has little nutritional value as opposed to healthy raw milk. The key to safe, healthy raw milk is that it MUST come from healthy, grass-fed and pasture-raised cows to eliminate any risk of bacteria infection or other pathogens. There are many sources of safe raw milk in the United States from farmers who have pristinely clean and safe milk. Learn more about raw milk and find raw milk available near you through www.realmilk.com.

Why WHOLE milk?

If you can’t get raw milk, at least get organic whole-fat milk. To reduce the fat content in milk the industry separates the fat, dries and oxidizes it (BAD!!!!), then blasts it back into the milk. (It’s actually a very disgusting process.) Not only is oxidized fat the biggest contributor to cardiovascular and inflammatory diseases, but they have to process the milk more which means more pasteurization and contamination. The fat in milk is a healthy fat that keeps your energy up and keeps the fat-soluble vitamins stable and useful in your body. Besides, the research shows that low-fat dairy consumers are fatter than whole-fat dairy drinkers.

Whole Plain Cultured Yogurt

This has many of the same benefits as raw milk but also offers millions of beneficial bacteria that will promote healthy digestion and intestinal health, which in turn supports a healthy immune system. I choose whole fat yogurt for the same reason I choose whole fat milk. I choose plain yogurt because flavored yogurts have way too much sugar and added flavorings in them that are unnecessary and possibly very bad for you (corn syrup, artificial flavors, artificial colors, etc.). If you can’t find raw yogurt, find an organic whole-fat plain yogurt. You’ll know if it’s high quality if it is tart or sour (not in a bad way), which means it is cultured and therefore full of healthy bacteria, also called “probiotics”.

Raw Egg Yolks

Egg yolk supplies cholesterol needed for mental development as well as important sulphur-containing amino acids. Egg yolks from pasture-fed hens or hens raised on flax meal, fish meal or insects are also rich in the omega-3 long-chain fatty acids. Egg yolks from organically raised hens will virtually eliminate any risk of pathogens, but avoiding all raw egg whites will further eliminate any possible risk. Here are some links to help you understand the safety and benefits of raw egg yolks:

Why I’m Not Afraid of Salmonella, by Food Renegade 

Are Raw Eggs Safe To Eat, by Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Why I Eat Raw Egg Yolks Every Day, by Living the Nourished Life

Raw Local Honey

If you can find raw local honey you will benefit from the possible allergy protection that will “immunize” you against local pollen allergens. There are many living enzymes in raw honey that are beneficial to your health as well. Real honey is a better sweetener than processed sugars, so at least use a form of real honey before using white sugar or syrup.

Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been villainized as a bad “saturated fat” before the actual science proved the ancestral wisdom we already knew about saturated fat not contributing to heart disease. Coconut oil is a fantastic food that provides stable energy, has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral qualities, has shown to improve mental function and can even help you lose stubborn weight! This is a great article supporting the evidence for coconut oil. 

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To Make The Smoothies…

Half-fill a blender with frozen fruit and enough milk to almost cover the fruit. Blend until smooth. Add 2-3 raw egg yolks, 1/2-1 cup yogurt, 2-3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, and 1-2 tablespoons raw honey and blend until smooth. Enjoy right away!

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Natalie August 23, 2013 at 04:41 p08

I thought we shouldn’t have raw eggs or unpasturized milk while pregnant? I just bought my one year old some whole unpasturized milk & wanted to try it, but didn’t want to harm my unborn baby. I’ve been trying to add more eggs to my diet, and this shake sounds good, I’m just wary of any health risks. It’s so hard to know what to eat & what to avoid!

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Roz August 23, 2013 at 04:41 p08

Hi Natalie,
I know the “mainstream” tells you no to so many things that I consider essential to pregnancy…so you should make an educated decision so you are confident in your choices. I’m glad that you’re paying attention to things like this because it shows that you are concerned about your baby and desiring to make the best decisions possible. At the bottom of this post you’ll see a few links to people addressing the issue with raw egg yolks. I want to emphasize that you do NOT eat raw egg whites, but you can eat raw egg yolks ONLY IF they are from organic and/or pasture-raised sources. Sick animals transfer pathogens into the food (or waste) they produce, but healthy animals that have been raised properly show in studies and testing to carry virtually no risk to humans. You should be confident in your sources of raw milk and eggs, so don’t go for the cheap stuff at the super-market. Go to http://www.realmilk.com to learn more about the safety of raw milk. On another note, I decided that raw salmon and salmon eggs were something I desired to consume weekly during my pregnancies. Here in America we are told to avoid sushi during pregnancy, but the Japanese consider these foods- especially salmon roe (or eggs)- to be ESSENTIAL for pregnant women because of the wonderful nutrients these foods offer a growing baby. (I would avoid tuna and other large fish because of mercury content.) My point is that I went against most of the nutritional advice given to pregnant women in America. I felt confident in my decisions because I knew I was choosing super-nutrient-dense foods and they were coming from trustworthy sources. It’s a shame that our nutritional “rules” for pregnancy in America have to advise against so many nutrient-dense foods, but it’s only because we produce such HORRIBLE and dangerous foods with our farming practices, etc.. I hope that answer helps you. Let me know if you need more information.

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Natalie August 23, 2013 at 04:41 p08

Roz thank you so much for your comment, it is helpful. I have been shopping at farmer’s markets a long time, and have been trying to cut out processed food. My pregnancy & my one year old have pushed my efforts into high gear!

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Roz August 24, 2013 at 04:41 p08

Awesome. :) I’m working on quite a few upcoming pregnancy posts that should help you out a lot, so stay tuned!!

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Valerie February 4, 2014 at 04:41 p02

I eat the whole egg raw. In fact, i eat two several times a week. Pregnant, too!
I prefer farm raised chicken eggs but will eat any kind. I have never gotten ill. Ever.
I know nourishing traditions has her opinion on eggs whites……sigh.
I also feed my babies raw egg yolk in rice cereal (easily made by putting raw uncooked non american brown rice in the blender for 2 min then cook on stove) cool a bit, add the yolk. Babies love it.
None of the other children liked rice cereal until i put the yolk in it. I put a tiny sprinkle of salt in it, too!

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Roz February 8, 2014 at 04:41 p02

Woohoo Valerie! Yay for egg yolks!!!

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Hi there, just wanted to mention, I loved this blog post.
It was practical. Keep on posting!

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joyce wang March 10, 2014 at 04:41 p03

hi, just curious, when we add extra yolks to our diet, what do you suggest to do with the egg whites?

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