To continue celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 I thought I would follow up on my Lactation Cookie recipe with a healthier alternative for those mamas who follow a clean eating lifestyle or who are trying to shed some of that baby weight. If you missed my previous post a couple weeks ago head on over and check it out now for tips on how to increase your breastmilk production naturally and get that cookie recipe for when you are needing a sweet tooth fix!
I’ve mentioned several times before how much I love my Vitamix. Not only does it help us make healthy and nutritious baby food but it helps us stick to our clean eating lifestyle by making green smoothies when we need a quick meal or a protein boost. There are all sorts of smoothie recipes on the interwebz that you can find with simple Google or Pinterest search so I won’t go into a great deal of detail on smoothies but I will mention that we prefer “Green” smoothies, which means that we add dark leafy “power” greens to our smoothies to help provide an energy boost, increase our fiber intake, and get all the delicious nutrients like Vitamins A, K, D, and E! I really like this blog post on How to Create the Perfect Green Smoothie from 100 Days of Real Food.
My favorite ingredients to make Green Smoothies with are:
- Greens – we like Kale, Rainbow Chard, Spinach, or our favorite is the organic “Power Greens” blend from the produce section at Costco. You can portion it up into individual portion sizes and freeze it to keep it from going bad since it’s a giant bag!
- Fresh or Frozen fruit – We prefer frozen so it makes the smoothie cold without having to add ice. We like to buy the organic Antioxidant blend with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries from Costco. They also have a Mango blend of frozen fruit that is really yummy!
- Bananas – Aside from tasting really good bananas are loaded with vitamins making them really good for you. They are an excellent source of Potassium which can help prevent cramps after long workouts! Plus they help keep the texture of your smoothie nice and creamy.
- Greek Yogurt – Adds protein to your smoothie and is an excellent source of probiotics to keep your gut healthy and happy. We buy the Kirkland Signature two-pack at Costco.
- Soy Milk – I find that Green Smoothies can be really thick and often need a bit of liquid to smooth them out and make them a texture that I like to drink. So I add Soy Milk instead of water. We get the Vanilla flavored Silk brand from Costco. It’s got a little added sugar to it to make it sweet. Between this and the fruit I find I don’t need to add any natural sweeteners. Plus the isoflavones in soy help lower cholesterol naturally and can help fight heart disease!
- Chia Seeds – Packs a whopping punch of extra fiber, protein, and vitamins for your smoothie!
Already have a smoothie recipe that you love? Add the following to your favorite smoothie recipe to help boost your breastmilk production and stick to your healthy eating plan!
- 1 tbsp Brewer’s Yeast
- 2 tbsp ground Flax meal
- 1/3 cup of Oatmeal
Have a tried and true Lactation Smoothie recipe you want to share with us for World Breastfeeding Week #WBW2015? Share it in the comments below!