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Hello, I'm new to Whole 30! Cleaned out my pantry last night and am prepping today.


I didn't have anything ready to go this morning outside of some eggs and cabbage (poor planning on my part), so I put together a smoothie with the following as an added snack:


1/3 cup sweet potato puree (from a can, Farmer's Market Organic Sweet Potato, single ingredient)

small spoon of organic sunbutter

one frozen banana

spoonful chia seeds




I feel like I'm skirting the edge on this--I believe all of the ingredients are compliant, technically, but it really felt like a treat to me!


EDIT: In hindsight, I absolutely should have posted this to the "Can I have___" sub-forum, sorry! I'd move it myself, but am not sure how to.

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Technically complaint, but not recommended...

You did get in some protein & veg alongside the smoothie, and the smoothie did contain fat (nut butter & chia seeds) but it will likely leave you feeling less satiated than if you'd eaten some fresh sweet potato cooked with the eggs & cabbage, and likely contained less veg than you really needed.

How many eggs did you eat? When they are your only source of protein in a meal you should be eating as many whole eggs as you can hold in one hand, which is 3-4 for most females...

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This smoothie is technically compliant but not something we would recommend. Eggs and cabbage make a fantastic meal one if you eat them in the proper quantities. The fact that this felt like a treat is a big red flag for sure.



Smoothies: We’d rather you didn’t

This is a very popular question, with a very unpopular answer. Smoothies (generally made using lots of fruit) are technically compliant on your Whole30, but we strongly recommend against it. Food that you drink sends different satiety signals to your brain than food that you chew. So when you drink your meal, your brain isn’t getting the feedback it needs to tell your body that it’s had enough of what it needs. Plus, smoothies are generally really fruit-heavy, and starting your day off with a liquid sugar-bomb sets you up for cravings, hunger, and volatile energy levels throughout the day. In summary, we’d rather you just eat the food, and skip the smoothie.

- See more at: http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/#sthash.NcF9aEZX.dpuf
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Thank you for your responses! I only had two eggs, so if I make a meal out of them in the future I'll definitely go for 3-4. I'm about to follow this plan http://theclothesmakethegirl.com/2013/07/27/whole30-week-1-food-plan/and cook up a lot of meat and vegetables for the week!


I'll go ahead and count myself as compliant, so far, but will definitely move forward avoiding treats like these.


(Also, thanks for moving the post to the appropriate forum!)

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