You’ve been up all night, haven’t been to the grocery in weeks, and are attached at the boob to a tiny human.
Welcome to motherhood.
I’ve been in your shoes - four times - and I can tell you there’s nothing quite like wandering around the kitchen at 2am frantically searching for something to satiate your rabid hunger. New babies take so much out of us (about 400 calories a day!) and demand all of our time and attention. While we’re worrying about how to increase milk supply, the best things to eat as a new mom, what even are lactation cookies, and will I ever sleep again? our babies are sipping away at this liquid gold and we’re hungry!
Today’s smoothie recipe is a really special one for all my new mamas. It includes Majka Nourishing lactation powder which is a simple, wholesome protein powder for new moms. Normally, I stay away from quick fixes, powders, shortcuts when it comes to my food. But when you’re a new mama, it’s all about the nutrition and milk supply and it’s about getting it quickly and easily!
Some of my favorite ways to easily and quickly kick the nutrition up a notch when you’re a hungry new mama:
Lactation cookies - the jury is still out on if these actually work to increase milk supply (most current research points towards no) BUT if you find or make some with wholesome ingredients from real foods they can make for a really filling, delicious, relaxing snack that can then lead to increasing your breast milk supply! (research shows that foods that are comforting can help facilitate letdown and, in turn, increase supply)
Smoothies - I love smoothies because they’re simple, nutrient dense, and delicious. Bonus points if I don’t actually have to measure anything. This nourishing breastfeeding smoothie is a handful of this and a handful of that and blend away! A few things to keep in mind:
watch the sugar - fruits are super high in sugar which is fine (you need the energy), but make your smoothies with more veggies than fruits.
bonus points for protein - your body needs protein especially while breastfeeding, to support all the changes happening in your body (while pregnant you need about 70 grams a day!). toss in a spoonful of your favorite nut butter, a scoop of Majka Nourishing lactation powder, or a handful of nuts to round out the protein content in your smoothie!
go for the greens - it’s not just a trend - green smoothies are packed with nutrients that you and your baby will benefit from. you can’t go wrong with some kale, spinach, swiss chard, arugula (my favorite!). load it up!
find something a little unexpected - smoothies can get boring after a while. same thing day in and day out. and while they can be one of the best things to eat as a new mom, you need some excitement and variety in your life! consider adding things like cilantro, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, or cayenne to your smoothie!
Trail Mix - keep a stash of nuts or trail mix in the following places: (1) your bedside table, (2) the glovebox of your car, (3) your purse/diaper bag, (4) your office desk. Nuts are a great source of protein and a little sugar from some chocolate chips or dried fruit will help keep your energy up from those marathon feeding sessions!
And now to the good stuff …
Nourishing Breastfeeding Smoothie
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
½ small cucumber
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Handful of cilantro
1 Handful of parsley
1 scoop of Majka Nourishing lactation powder
1 blood orange
2 cups of coconut water
1 cup of filtered water
Blend it all up together and enjoy!
*you definitely do NOT have to be breastfeeding to enjoy this smoothie. It’s super nutrient dense and delicious for anyone! and if you’re not breastfeeding, it won’t make you suddenly start lactating ;)