Goodness you guys it’s Monday again! The weekend sure does fly by when you’re having fun. Our weekend went a little like this: Friday night we spent at the pool with friends and family. Saturday was a little bit of nothing (except us getting an entire yard of new grass!) followed by a family date night to sushi & ice cream. Sunday included church and an Ice Cream social at a local park to celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Loads of fun and too much ice cream!
Now that we’ve got all that ice cream out of the way, let’s talk about Boob-Smooths. That’s totally a thing and it’s what I call my smoothies because I honestly believe they aid in my milk supply, along with a lot of other benefits! Plus, Boob-Smooth is fun to say. 🙂
I’ve been trying to make this post for weeks now since a couple of mommies have asked me about my smoothies, specially lactation smoothies. I wanted to try out some new recipes to add to the mix before I posted though. The tried and true banana/peanut butter smoothie combo is so “basic” these days, although still yummy and my favorite, it gets old and it’s nice to have options. Then you have those days when you realize you’re out of bananas and panic.
A nursing mom’s diet should consist of a healthy amount of protein, calcium, and iron. I know it’s hard to get a balanced meal in some days when your days are spent nursing on the couch, holding a baby, chasing toddlers, and just life in general. Smoothies are the easiest way to get in that balanced meal in a matter of minutes! I’ve been enjoying a smoothie almost every day since having Rockwell and it’s helped me to stay on top of my nutrition game!
Since I started working out a few weeks ago, I add protein powders into my smoothies so they double as post-workout and lactation aid. Double whammy!
**I was extremely hesitant to add protein powders into my smoothies. Some have made my stomach hurt, give me gas, and cause baby discomfort. Toss those in the trash because they aren’t worth it! Recently I’ve used both JuicePlus Complete Powders and Bob’s Red Mills Protein powders with no issues.
**Not all protein smoothies need powders, especially with you are using a nut butter or leafy green!
**You can really make any smoothie into a milk booster! All a “lactation smoothie” needs is a few of your favorite milk boosting ingredients!
Almond Milk and Nut Butter – Almonds and other nuts are high in good fats and help increase milk production. Specifically, almonds are said to give your breast milk a sweeter and creamier taste!
Bananas – These are more for you momma! Bananas are great for a much needed energy boost, are higher in calories, and aid in overcoming depression due to high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin–the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
Berries – High in antioxidants & fiber.
Greens (Spinach and Kale) – High in iron, calcium, vitamin A, and protein.
Ground Flaxseed – Great source of LNA, an omega-3 fatty acid, which is great for baby’s brain development! Flaxseeds must be ground to benefit from their nutrients as we cannot digest the actual seed.
Brewers Yeast – Packed with B vitamins, iron, protein, chromium, selenium, and other nutrients. Known to boost milk supply, energy, and help overcome depression.
Oatmeal – High in iron and a complex carbs to make momma feel fuller, longer! Low iron levels can cause a decrease in milk supply, so have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or add into your smoothie!