If you are anything like me, having enough time in the mornings to make a proper nutritious breakfast can be precious little. In order to ensure I get a balanced and nutritious breakfast and save on time, I have opted for prepping some delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothies in advance. I think you will love these recipes and find that they give you more time in the mornings for mentally preparing yourself for your day.
When I was pregnant, I ate a lot. My cravings mostly included cheese and chocolate. I honestly couldn’t tell you if there was a day in my third trimester that went by in which I didn’t eat a little (or a lot) of both. I had anticipated pregnancy cravings, but I never expected that I would continue to have cravings post pregnancy. I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding our little Ella since she was born three weeks ago. It takes a lot of calories to produce breast milk– a nursing mother burns an extra 250-500 calories a day. I heard a lot of stories about women losing weight while nursing, but I’m realizing now that that probably won’t happen for me. I need to eat extra food. When I started breastfeeding, my cravings changed from chocolate and cheese to nutrients. I have literally been craving vegetables and protein since I gave birth.
I am constantly drinking water these days and I find that if I don’t drink a glass of water every time I nurse, I get a headache.
Ella wakes up anytime between 6:30 and 9:30, and needs to eat right away. The first week we were home, I made the mistake of getting up and trying to put together something for breakfast so I could quickly eat. This usually sat cold until Ella was done eating, and in the meantime, I felt exhausted and depleted. To solve this problem, I started to make smoothies ahead of time to keep in the fridge and grab out right when I wake up. I made sure to add some galactagogues, foods and herbs that boost breast milk supply (oats, spinach, flax, and almonds are some I included) as well as other nutrient-rich foods that would give me the energy I need.
These smoothies are packed with vitamins and are great for anyone, whether you are breastfeeding or not! Not only do the oats in the blueberry banana smoothie provide antioxidants, protein, and help lower cholesterol levels, they also thicken the drink. If you want a thinner smoothie, just add less oats or more almond milk.
To make, just blend the following ingredients together in a blender until smooth. These can be put into glass bottles or mason jars and refrigerated for up to three days.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 c. frozen blueberries
- 1 banana
- 1 c. almond milk
- 1/2 c. rolled oats
- 2 T. ground flax
- 2 t. vanilla
- 1 t . cinnamon
Spinach Berry Smoothie
- 1 c. chopped spinach
- 1 c. coconut water
- 3/4 c. frozen raspberries
- 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
- 1/2 c. chopped fresh pineapple