Many nursing women rely on oatmeal to boost their milk supply, but this smoothie could be a delicious alternative to a monotonous week of oats.
One of the biggest concerns for a nursing mom is the question of whether or not she is producing enough milk for her baby. Nursing on demand should create an adequate supply, but adding some lactogenic foods to the diet may help boost milk supply even more.
This green smoothie is a delicious way to consume some of these lactation-boosting foods! Fruits and vegetables high in phytoestrogens, such as dark leafy greens, are believed to promote healthy breast tissue and lactation. Paired with essential fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, in the form of fresh coconut meat and hemp protein, this drink could have you producing more milk in no time. If nothing else, it’s a healthy shake that tastes fantastic!
I’ve been enjoying a variation of this smoothie almost daily, and it’s definitely doing the trick for me. I hope it works just as well for my fellow nursing mamas out there!
Green Lactation Smoothie
1 cup almond milk
1/2 cup fresh young Thai coconut meat
2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
2-3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavor
2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
1 cup frozen strawberries
handful of ice
Combine the almond milk, coconut meat, dates, spinach and vanilla in a blender, and blend until completely liquified. Add in the frozen strawberries and ice, and blend again until smooth. Serve immediately!
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup fresh young Thai coconut meat
- 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
- 2-3 soft Medjool dates, pitted
- ½ teaspoon vanilla flavor
- 2 large handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- handful of ice
- Combine the almond milk, coconut meat, dates, spinach and vanilla in a blender, and blend until completely liquified.
- Add in the frozen strawberries and ice, and blend again until smooth. Serve immediately!
- If you don’t have fresh coconut meat, feel free to use up to half an avocado for a creamy fat alternative.
- Substitute any other fruit of choice for the frozen strawberries.