Breakfast is a MAJOR struggle for me. I need something quick because mornings are nuts between getting kids to school, feeding and chasing after a baby, and usually zero time left for me to eat something before running out the door. My body and blood sugar do not approve.
For me, overnight oats are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. Fast. Easy. Delicious. Satiating. And keeps my energy levels up, which is soooo important when you're a breastfeeding momma. I make it in advance so it's ready to go and you can too! You can spend five minutes, once a week, to whip this meal together and have your breakfast for the whole week!
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking you don't have time to prep your breakfast for a whole week and you've already been skipping it or shoving your kid's snacks in your mouth for a while now.. and that's been sort of, kind of working out. Seriously, stop all those thoughts now. It hardly takes any time at all and YOU DESERVE SO MUCH. You deserve healthy and tasty food. You deserve to feel good throughout your day because you didn't let your blood sugar crash and/or get a headache from lack of food.
Now, onto the recipe!
Welcome to my latest obsession. These Bars are sooooooo yummy, really fast and easy to make, and made with one of my favorite flavor combos- peanut butter and banana!!! There's also some healthy, "milk boosting" ingredients disguised in this treat, and it's still so good you can have it as dessert! (Especially if you drizzle a little chocolate over the top!) Even my kids loved this.
OMG. Chocolate. Do I really need to say more? I looooove chocolate. It is a weakness. Especially dark chocolate. What I love even more is the excuse to have my chocolate fix disguised as a healthy treat!! These chocolate oatmeal lactation cups are so good, good for you, and have ingredients some people believe to promote milk supply as well. Let's not forget about the chocolate, which I swear by as a magic, milk flowing, miracle treat. Here's why:
One of my favorite tips for pumping moms is to associate pumping time with something pleasurable, like eating chocolate, and there is a good reason for it! When you are feeling anxious, your body tenses (including your nipples!) and when your nipples are tense, it can hold back your milk. If you can relax, and enjoy something while pumping, your body will relax, your nipples will relax, and your milk will flow!!! (This is actually the reason why eating Oreos is associated with higher milk output. The Oreos don't do anything at all to increase your milk supply, but they give you something yummy to focus on while you're pumping, and it let's the stress melt away and your milk flow! I actually plan to write more on this topic later.)
I love a snack that curbs my sweet craving AND is good for me too! These Energy Bites are one of my FAVORITES! They taste great, and are packed full of protein and nutritious ingredients to keep your energy levels up, stabilize blood sugar, and these bites contain flax, which is believed by some to be a milk boosting food!
They taste like raw cookie dough- chunky chocolate chip cookie dough! They are really simple and fast to make. Keep these in a sealed container in your fridge and enjoy for a week. They are also really easy to make vegan, gluten free, and dairy free too!!!
WARNING: You may want to make a double, or even triple, batch of these. These are kid and man approved, and they don't stick around for long. *wink*
There's been a lot of talk in the private Successful Breastfeeding Community group on Facebook lately. A lot of talk about FOOD! And food that is good/bad for breastfeeding. I have a disclaimer about that, and plan to write more about this topic in a future post. I do not believe that there are foods that need to be avoided, or even foods that need to be added to a breastfeeding mom's diet. What I DO believe is that having a healthy, well rounded diet, is beneficial for YOU, YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH, and will provide you the energy you need to keep on being the mom you want to be!
I have had multiple requests for Lactation Recipes, so I decided to start sharing some recipes that will help keep energy levels up to help you not only with breastfeeding, but with life as a mom in general! I am a big fan of REAL, WHOLE, FOODS that help bring balance and wellness into my life. I am also a BIG FAN OF COOKING AND BAKING. So, I'm going to share my VERY OWN, original recipes that are going to help YOU stay on track with your very own Successful Breastfeeding Journey!
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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