A delicious seasonal smoothie that supports milk supply. Why not?
This month we partnered with the incredible Wendy Wright, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and genius behind the 16 Minute Club breast feeding subscription box, to create a Fall-inspired smoothie recipe that is OMG tasty.
From healthy fats to keeping you hydrated, Wendy explains why this smoothie has all the fixings of a great milk making treat. Read her insights below and make the recipe that follows for a very happy belly and baby.
A Fall-Inspired Smoothie To Help Increase Your Milk Supply
Boosting milk supply is one of the most talked about issues amongst nursing mamas. There are special teas and pills and tips, and so on. Let’s get real though. You are a busy and tired mama. Wouldn’t it be easier to just increase your milk supply with a yummy smoothie? I thought so.
Here’s why I love the Pumpkin Chia Smoothie by momme meals and and why I'm pretty sure you will too….
More Fat, More Milk
Many moms complain that their babies are not thriving on their breast milk or are getting satisfied with a feeding. This leads many moms to thinking they need to supplement. However, in many cases, the real need is for moms to increase their healthy fat intake. The chia seeds and flax seeds used in the Pumpkin Chai Smoothie are a great source of essential fatty acids while the nuts serve as an excellent source of healthy fats to help boost your milk supply. Flax seeds also naturally contain phytoestrogens that can influence milk production.
Remember, it is essential not to count calories or fat grams while you are breastfeeding. If you enjoy a diet of healthy fats and whole foods, then you do not have to worry about gaining weight. Getting enough healthy fats while breastfeeding allows for richer milk and also helps stabilize your hormones – a win, win for mom and baby!
Hydration is Key
For adequate milk supply, hydration is key. Most nursing moms can relate to the fact that they are thirsty all the time. It is important to drink enough water throughout the day. Chia seeds can also prolong hydration because they help the body retain moisture and regulate the body’s absorption of nutrients and body fluids. I don’t think any mama will argue that the Pumpkin Chai Smoothie is a tasty break from a plain glass of water, either.
Don’t wait any longer. Get out your blender and enjoy this amazing treat. The best part is that you can sip this delicious fall-inspired smoothie while your little one nurses.
Wendy Wright is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant approaching the lactation consultant's role with a unique perspective. After breastfeeding two children during her first career as a bio tech marketer, she decided to pursue lactation consulting as a new career. This diverse background provides a unique approach for anyone interested in learning about the demands currently faced by new moms and their infants. Visit the 16 Minute Club to learn more about Wendy and the wonderful resources she offers new and expecting moms.
1 cup almond milk
½ cup roasted pumpkin or canned pumpkin
1 pear Anjou/Bartlette/Forelle
1 chai tea bag or loose chai tea equivalent (decaf is a great option for pregnant women)
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¼ cup macadamia or cashews (soaked almonds also work)
2 - 4 tablespoons honey* (additional honey for drizzle)
1 cup ice cubes
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
*Honey values will vary based on personal preference for sweetness and the sweetness of your pear.
Note: You can make this recipe vegan by substituting maple syrup for honey.
Heat almond milk on the stove top or in the microwave. Place tea-bag or loose tea in warm milk and allow to steep for 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bag or leaves.
Place the liquid tea and remaining ingredients in a blender and mix until fully combined.
Pour into glasses top with a bit honey, serve with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.