breastfeeding, motherhood, nutrition

Nursing Snacks

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Breastfeeding is hardddddd, especially in the beginning. It’s funny because now my son (second babe) is 15 months old and he won’t get off the boob! Here is a list of snacks that helped me get through the early stages of breastfeeding and help my supply go up! Also, the hunger is the real deal. I actually got hungrier nursing than when I was pregnant. I was actually ravenous during nursing. Grain Brain Organic Thick Rolled Oats (12oz) NEW PRODUCT RELEASE!!,GIVEAWAY SALE!! …Bob’s Red Mill Oats Steel Cut – 24 oz – 2 pkSpectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed, 24 Ounce,and Anthony’s Brewer’s Yeast, Made in USA, Gluten Free (1lb) GMO Free will be your best friend. These snacks and meals aren’t designed for specific diets because when you are nursing, it’s important to feed your body and milk supply with nutrient dense food- aka don’t worry about counting calories and carbs.

  • Lactation Energy Bites- You can have fun with this one and add different things, but I swear I lived off these (even when I wasn’t nursing)- 2 cups of dry oats, 1 cup of dark chocolate chips, 1 cup peanut butter/almond butter, 3/4 cup flaxseed, 2/3 cup raw honey, and 2 tsp vanilla. Combine all in bowl and roll into balls. Refrigerate!
  • Baby Mama Bars- Preheat over to 350, combine 2 tbsp ground flaxseed and 4 tbsp of water in a bowl. Cream 1 cup of grass fed butter or any butter and 1 cup sugar in bowl- use electric mixer and beat til fluffy. Add the soaked flaxseeds from the first bowl, 2 eggs, 1/3 cup molasses or honey, and 1 tsp of vanilla until blended well. Whisk together 2/ 1/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup hemp hearts, 4 tbsp Anthony’s Brewer’s Yeast, Made in USA, Gluten Free (1lb) GMO Free, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp cinnamon. Add with the wet ingredients and mix on slow speed. Add 2 cups oats and 1 cup dark chocolate chips on slow speed and mix until all combined. Line baking dish with parchment paper and pour the “cookie dough” into the dish- try to spread every across and try to get lumps out. Bake bars for about 30 minutes. Let cool for an hour before cutting.
  • Greek yogurt (plain whole milk, full fat) with powdered peanut butter and cocoa powder. Add some berries if you want.
  • Random foods and snacks that are said to increase milk supply include oatmeal, almonds, quinoa, and avocado. The foods and snacks that are just good for your body and the baby (not to give to baby) are eggs, leafy greens, berries, coconut oil, fruit, fish, yogurt and seeds.
  • Blueberry Oatmeal Lactation Muffins- Preheat oven to 350 and line muffin tin with liners. Combine 1 cup rolled oats, 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour or any kind of flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp ground flax meal or Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed, 24 Ounce, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt and 2 tbsp brewers yeast. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup greek yogurt (plain full fat), 1/2 cup milk (I use skim), 4 tsp unsalted melted better, 2 large eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and stir to combine. Add 1 cup blueberries and spoon into muffin tins. Bake about 20-25 minutes!!
  • Fenugreek Lactation Bites (Fenugreek is an herb that increases milk supply. Some women take in a pill form)-  Add 2 cups oats, 2 tbsp Frontier Natural Products Fenugreek Seed, Og, Ground, 2-Ounce, 1 cup Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Shredded Coconut (Medium), 1 Pound, 1 cup Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseed, 24 Ounce, 1/2 cup Viva Naturals 1 Best Selling Certified Organic Cacao Powder from Superior Criollo Beans, 1 LB Bag, 2 tbsp KAL Nutritional Yeast Flakes | Vitamin B12, Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free | Unsweetened, Great Flavor, No Bitter Aftertaste | Great For Cooking | 22 oz, 3 tbsp BetterBody Foods Organic Chia Seeds, Non-GMO, Great Taste, 2 Pound, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup honey and mix with paddle or you hands. It gets messy. Spoon out an form into balls. Keep in air tight container in fridge- makes a lot!
  • Pumpkin Spice Lactation Cookies- Preheat oven to 350 and mix 2 cups flour, 1 cup oats, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 cup sugar, 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice, 3 tbsp brewers yeast, 2 tbsp flaxseed or ground flax meal, and 1 tsp baking soda in a bowl. Then add 1 cup softened butter, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree. Scoop big tablespoon sized portion on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes- keep checking because I had to bake a little longer.
  • Chia seed overnight oats- This is ball park, but I put 1 cup unsweetened almond milk in a mason jar with 1/4 cup of this awesome maple protein probiotics oatmeal (Pro Protein & Probiotic Oatmeal, Mighty Maple, 8 Ounce), handful of chia seeds, some ground flaxseed, bananas, 1 scoop any vanilla protein, crushed almonds, and some unsweetened coconut. Stir and let soak overnight.
  • Oatmeal Banana Smoothie- 1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 banana, 1/4 cup oats, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp flax meal, 1 tbsp brewers yeast, 1 1/2 tbsp honey or stevia, dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, 2 tsp vanilla and blend
  • Boobie Banana Smoothie- 1 banana, 2 tbsp almond butter, 1 tbsp brewers yeast, 2 tbsp ground flax, 1/3 cup rolled oats, 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder, some agave or maple syrup and ice!
  • Very Berry Lactation Smoothie- 2/3 cup fresh or frozen berries, 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp brewers yeast and blend with ice!
  • Green Peach Smoothie- 1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop peach protein (Spiru-Tein (Spirutein) Shake – Peaches & Cream Nature’s Plus 1.1 lbs Powder), handful spinach, handful frozen peaches, 1 banana, 1/3 cup rolled oats, blend with ice!

 

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