Goddess Green Smoothie
Goddess Green Smoothie
(recipe by Smoothie girl, Heather Wurtz)
Throughout history and across many cultures, pregnancy and childbirth have been viewed as a time in life when women are especially in tune with the earth, natural forces, and a higher power. According to Bayar Odun, a Mongolian shaman, “…being pregnant and having a baby were the most powerful ways for a woman to access the creative and transformative powers of the natural world” (Tedlock, 2005). In many cultures, childbirth is considered an important rite of passage and a time of transcendence, for both the mother and baby, from one stage of life to another. Some ancient archeological remains, such as the Maya birth vase (identified by Michael Coe, 1977), depict women whom scholars believe to be goddesses giving birth, signifying the reverence, mystery, and power that has surrounded childbirth since the beginning of mankind.
Many women, today, embrace their inner goddess during pregnancy and childbirth. They use this special time in their life as an opportunity to improve their health and well-being, reflect on life changes, and prepare for motherhood by strengthening their bodies, minds, and spirits. Whether she chooses to do this by hitting the yoga mat or pumping iron at the gym, every pregnant mama needs the necessary nutritional support to be successful. Iron is one of the most important (and one of the most commonly deficient) nutrients in a pregnant woman’s diet. Iron is an essential element in hemoglobin, the protein found in red blood cells, which transports oxygen to all body cells. It also helps to regulate cell growth and differentiation. The National Institute of Health recommends that all pregnant women double their usual daily iron intake to 27 mg (NIH, 2011). Pregnant women have greater iron demands due to their increased blood volume, fetal growth demands, and blood loss during childbirth (2011). Iron deficiency during pregnancy can produce many adverse effects, including preterm labor and low birth weight infants (IOM, 2001).
In this recipe, the spinach, parsley, and raisins provide a boost of iron. Couple this smoothie with a cup of iron fortified oatmeal at breakfast (10 mg of iron) and you’ll have nearly half of your daily iron demands knocked out before 9:00 in the morning! Check that one of your list! Embrace your inner goddess by embracing your health and preparing yourself as best as you can to welcome your baby into this world and onto the start of their journey.
Serving Size: 8 ounces
1 ½ cup spinach (can substitute with kale)
½ cup frozen mixed berries
½ cup almond milk (can substitute with soy milk, skim, etc.)
1 T raisins
Few sprigs of parsley
Nutritional information, according to www.mypyramid.gov
Calories: 173 kcals
Protein: 7 gm
Fiber: 5 gm
Fat: 0.8 gm
Vitamin C: 58.8 mg
Vitamin A: 956.9 mcg
Iron: 2 mg
Potassium: 874 mg
Sodium: 89 mg
Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. (2001). Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Arsenic, Boron, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Manganese, Molybdenum, Nickel, Silicon, Vanadium and Zinc. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
National Institute of Health. Office of Dietary Supplements. (2011). Dietary supplement fact sheet: Iron. Found at: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/iron/#h6
Tedlock, Barbara (2005). The Woman in the Shaman’s Body. New York: Bantam Books.
Maya Birth Vase: shows the young birthing goddess hanging on to serpent birthing ropes for support. Chak Chel—an important Maya goddess—is depicted as a very old woman and is standing at the side of the young women, as her midwife, holding a bowl to receive the afterbirth and wearing a headdress of snakes.