How much do you LOVE lactation smoothie recipes? Lactation smoothies are so quick and easy to make for a healthy breakfast (or lunch, or midnight snack) that keeps you full for a long time AND helps support a healthy milk supply.
Smoothies are also really versatile – you can swap out almost any of the ingredients and still end up with a delicious smoothie. This is great if you’ve run out of banana, but you still have mango. You can also change up the ingredients to suit the texture you’re craving. Want dreamy and creamy? Add avocado, or even cream cheese! Want a tropical slushy? Add extra ice and hold the dairy.
Smoothies can easily be made:
- low carb
You can also boost your smoothie with things like hidden vegetables, protein powder or collagen powder or other supplements. So your smoothie is even better for you!
This smoothie was designed for the green smoothie lovers and those who want to get some extra greens into their lives, without sacrificing taste.
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Do Lactation Smoothies Work?
Lactation smoothies work by adding galactagogues – these are ingredients that are thought to help increase your milk supply. Most popular galactagogues include:
- Brewer’s Yeast
- green leafy vegetables
- brown rice
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence for lactation smoothies – but not so much on the science side. However, lactation smoothies contain healthy ingredients and will help you keep hydrated and fed – both very important elements in a healthy milk supply!
Obviously, not all of these ingredients taste that great in a smoothie… but you don’t have to consume the entire list to get the benefits.
Please note, if you have a true medical reason for low supply, lactation smoothies or cookies will not help and you must talk to your doctor.
When To Start Drinking Lactation Smoothies
You can start drinking lactation smoothies right now – it doesn’t matter if you’re trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding.
I started while I was pregnant.
If you aren’t currently breastfeeding, you might like to skip the Brewer’s Yeast, because of the taste (though it is a supplement many use for the B vitamins and other health benefits). But, most lactation smoothies are simply very healthy and packed to the brim with nutritious ingredients.
You might even find that in the face of first trimester nausea , drinking a healthy smoothie is something you can manage and keep down. And when baby starts getting bigger in the third trimester (move over stomach!) you might find it easier to drink vitamin-packed smoothies than to eat a full meal.
Wherever you’re at, start now!
Can I Drink Lactation Smoothies While Pregnant?
You sure can! If you’re worried about whether lactation smoothies are ok while pregnant, you can run any ingredients you’re unsure of past your doctor.
Basically, a lactation smoothie is a healthy smoothie with added milk boosting ingredients. Smoothies are so adaptable, if you don’t want to include one ingredient, it’s easy to substitute.
What’s in my favorite lactation green smoothie:
Baby Spinach – gotta get your greens in! If you want to eat more vegetables, try adding baby spinach into your smoothie. You won’t taste it, but you’ll get the nutritional benefits of it.
Pineapple – Pineapple is good for Vitamin C, bromelain and antioxidants. You may have also heard of pineapple being used to induce labor at home, however, you have to eat a LOT of pineapple to have this effect.
Banana – great for sweetening your smoothie naturally, bananas also help make it super creamy (especially if you take the time to freeze the banana overnight). Bananas contain lots of healthy vitamins and minerals too, like potassium.
Chia Seeds – contain lots of calcium and Omega 3’s. They also help make a thick and delicious smoothie as they swell in liquids and release a gel.
Brewer’s Yeast (Debittered) – optional! A well known galactagogue (foods that increase milk supply) you can add Brewer’s Yeast into this smoothie once your baby has arrived. The best kind to get is this one, which has been ‘debittered’ as it has a bit of an aftertaste.
These ingredients (plus a few more) when mixed together make a sweet, tart lactation green smoothie that’s just delicious!
- 1 cup baby spinach, kale, lettuce, or collard greens
- 1/2 cup diced pineapple
- 1 small green apple
- 1 kiwi fruit
- 1/2 cup cucumber
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon debittered Brewer's Yeast (optional)
- extra ice (optional - helps it stay icy cold and adds a bit of thickness)
1. Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend for 1 minute.
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
Smoothies are very flexible - this one includes lots of green fruits and veg! Feel free to swap ingredients for those that aren't in season so you can enjoy this smoothie year round.
Add a touch of honey if you prefer a sweeter smoothie.
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