Breastfeeding has made me not only hungrier than a teenage boy, but has also made my sweet tooth go crazy. Usually I reach for cookies, chocolate, candy – or let’s be honest, all of the above. However, that’s not working out so well for me anymore. Thanks to the weight I’ve gained the past few weeks, I set out to find a healthy green smoothie for breastfeeding moms that would satisfy my sweet tooth. And the result is pretty delicious. If I may say so myself…
This Oatmeal Cookie Green Smoothie is super easy to prepare, and makes for a great breakfast on the go. Are you breastfeeding? Even better – this green smoothie is a perfect way for breastfeeding moms to get a little extra nutrition in and it has several ingredients that are great for breastmilk production! As an added bonus, this green smoothie also makes for a pretty awesome way to satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt. So feel free to make yourself one (or two…) and enjoy!
- 1 banana
- 1 huge handful spinach
- 2 dates
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
- 1/3 c oats
- 1/2 c coconut milk
- 1/2 c water
- Add all ingredients to blender, and blend.
- A dash of maple syrup is really good in this for a little extra added sweetness, as is a few butterscotch chips!
To make this yummy green smoothie a *little* sweeter, you can always add a touch (like literally a teaspoon) of maple syrup, and / or you can always throw in a few butterscotch nibs. True story: a few nights ago I was hankering for sweets and in an attempt to be good, made this smoothie. I added a small handful of butterscotch bits and it felt like I was indulging in some fresh baked cookies. IT WAS AWESOME. However, since I’m currently making these in an attempts to lose some of the baby weight, I probably shouldn’t do that every time.
The good news is that this smoothie is loaded with good for you stuff. Even my husband, who normally is not a fan of my green smoothies, thinks it’s awesome. He even told me “wow, that tastes just like an oatmeal cookie” without prompting. So I’m calling this one a major win.
Why this makes a great green smoothie for nursing / breastfeeding:
Because you are breastfeeding, you need certain extras throughout the day. That includes calories (yay!), to make up for what baby is taking from you. This Oatmeal Cookie Green Smoothie is chalk full of superfoods for breastfeeding!
Bananas are a great source of Vitamin B6 and potassium. Potassium is key to help with electrolyte balance (which is a big deal when breastfeeding!), and also keeps blood pressure stable.
Spinach is high in calcium as well as being an all around nutrient dense superfood. As are pretty much any dark leafy greens you can think of. Spinach is one of my favorites because it has a mild taste and blends really well into smoothies.
Dates are actually thought of as a possible galactagogue; a food that promotes or increases the flow of a mother’s milk. Additionally, they’re rich in calcium and high in fiber to help keep you regular. I ate them like crazy while pregnant, especially to prep my body for labor and delivery. Dates are also naturally sweet and like nature’s candy.
Oats are like the holy grail of foods for breastfeeding moms. They are high in fiber, and the whole grains will help keep you full. My midwife also loves that oats are high in iron, which is especially important for newly postpartum women and those who may be anemic.