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As spring starts sprouting pretty flowers, and the sun begins waking us up from our winter hibernation, I can’t help but crave smoothies! Smoothies are such a great way to take in a lot nutrients, which if you are breastfeeding, you need! Smoothies also fill us up with good calories, which is a great tool for losing the baby weight. I have a post, The 5 Foods To Help You Lose The Baby Weight and Pump Up Your Milk Supply. It features a great smoothie recipe there. Here, I want to go over some of the best protein powders for nursing moms, and why the are so great.
Also read: Six Skinny Secrets to Losing The Baby Weight
Let me also just tell you that when I think of a smoothie, it’s more of a snack for me. I don’t consider them full meals unless I load them up with two scoops of protein powder and make them huge. A smoothie is a great pick-me-up in the afternoon when everyone is feeling sluggish. That’s my favorite time to have a smoothie because I can also satisfy my sweet tooth, depending on the flavor I use!
Okay, let’s get to the list.
Perfect Protein Powders For Breastfeeding Moms:
Ora Organics is a hidden gem I’ve found and LOVE. IThis is an amazing choice for breastfeeding mamas because it is super clean, full of amazing phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. You don’t want any additives, chemicals or artificial sweeteners getting passed over to baby, and there’s none of that here. This powder is my TOP CHOICE for weight loss postpartum because it isn’t full of bulky calories, and it has the complete amino acid profile, which isn’t always found in plant-based protein powders. This powder includes superfoods and greens, so you are getting more than protein, as well as digestive enzymes. Now, these are ESSENTIAL for health and digestion. Like super, super important because with the stress of our lives today, lack of sleep, over abundance of chemicals and processed food…our good enzymes die. I’ve dealt with IBS, and digestive enzymes were, and still are, a big part of my healing process. What is even better, there is digestive enzymes to support digesting all these nutrients. Digestive enzymes play a major role in my ability to eat healthy, and rather than having to purchase them separately, they are already in this powder! Take a look at their ingredients list, you will totally fall in love. They give you a 10% off code for your first order, and if you go for the subscription option, the price drops, which makes it one of the most affordable, super clean protein powders on the market. Here is a video with the details too:
Now, this is a wonderful protein powder that is super clean, full of amazing, lactation-boosting ingredients you want to give your baby. Everything is pure and high quality. The protein is plant-based with a mix of pea protein, coconut protein, chia seed protein and more. There are also veggie and fruit blends in there to make it full of super foods. You really can’t go wrong, and it tastes fabulous. It doesn’t have the gritty/earthy tastes you can get with plant-based proteins. I’ve been using this for years, and it has helped me lose the baby weight three times now! Read my tips and how I use the protein powder too!
Fitmiss Delight: I’m in love with this one, especially for breastfeeding because everything is completely natural, it’s high in protein AND there some great vitamin Bs in there. Those are superb for tired mamas. It has a fruits and vegetable blend to really help you get those vitamins in, and there are digestive enzymes to help you digest your food. Enzymes are so important because if your food isn’t digested properly, you won’t absorb the nutrition. The flavor I like is Chocolate because I can do some great banana chocolate smoothies where I sneak in spinach, or chocolate frappucinos.
Since I wrote this post, I’ve become obsessed with Ideal Raw. It is seriously the cleanest protein powder that tastes good and helps with postpartum weight loss as well as breastfeeding, but I don’t want to leave off IdealLean, which I originally had as a top choice. I originally wrote this piece mentioning IdeaLean , not knowing there was IdealRaw. IdealRaw is specifically better for me because it doesn’t have Sucralose!! But, if you have no issues with Sucralose, which many don’t, the IdealLean protein powder tastes really good and focuses on Folic Acid, which is still important when your breastfeeding, not just when your pregnant. Vitamin D is also big in this powder. Now, when you’ve been out of the sunshine all winter, a boost in Vitamin D can do wonders for your mood. This powder has 100 % per serving. There’s also a Chromium blend included in this protein. When I was working at a doctor’s office, he noticed that I always craved sweets. The doctor immediately gave me Chromium supplements to help diminish that because apparently your body craves sweets when it is deficient in Chromium. This powder has the Chromium in it, so you don’t have to take another supplement to help reduce those cravings. The whole tub of IdealLean is under $30, which is definitely a great price.
I know, I’m sure you’ve heard of this one, but this is more than just a protein shake, and wonderful for breastfeeding moms. It has a boat load of amazing ingredients that are milk-boosting and so healthy. There is protein obviously, but then a whole list of fabulous phytonutrients, super greens, super fruits, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics and more. This is a premium nutritional shake with protein and amino acids. It comes in whey or vegan formulas, and it is ultimately a meal-replacement. It also helps curb hunger not because of weird chemicals, but because your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function optimally. As a breastfeeding mama, you don’t necessarily need a lot more calories, but rather nutrients to push over into baby. Such a big difference!! With the right nutrients, your body can produce a lot of milk, while still letting go of fat because it is satiated. That is the ultimate goal of food, and Shakeology makes it so easy to accomplish this!
Technically I am a coach, but that is so I get the discount. You can purchase it just like any other protein shake and add it to your postpartum fitness routine. You can also sign up to be a coach just to get discounts on the products, without having to really be a coach. If you want help doing that ,or are interested let me know, and I will guide you there!
Naturade Vegansmart: I like this one for all the vegan mamas out there because it offers a really well-rounded blend of all sorts of nutrients. It has all-natural sweeteners, rather than the Sucralose and a pre-biotic blend including Aloe Vera. In addition to that, you have a whole-foods compound blend added, which is stocked with broccoli, pineapple, carrot root, beat root, spinach leaf and more. The protein is based off of plant proteins like pea, rather than whey, so its a different type of protein which is perfect if you are vegan, or if you don’t do well with whey powders.
This is about a pure as it gets. This is 100 % grass-fed, whey protein powder. There are no other additives. Not a whole lot of flavor, but it does blend well and you can add sweeteners you like. 25 grams of protein at only 120 calories, you aren’t looking to add much bulk either. There’s also the benefit of the 5.9 g of BCAAs, which are amino acids, or building blocks for muscle development. The Naked Whey is cold processed, which ensures there isn’t any contamination from chemicals, additives and heavy metals. Sometimes keeping to the basics is the best way to go, and this ensures you are getting exactly what you want, pure protein.
This is another pure, 100% grass fed whey protein option that is sourced from Premium Dairy Farms in California. Sourcing from High Quality Grass Fed Cows means a Superior, Cleaner and More Pure Whey Protein that Tastes Amazing! The Chocolate Grass Fed Whey contains Zero Additives, No Added Sugar, Colors, or Preservatives. + Cold Processed, Hormone Free, rBGH Free, GMO-Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free. It is Packed Full of Amino Acids. Each Scoop contains 23 grams of Protein, 3 grams of Fat, 2 grams of Carb and only 125 Calories. They also offer a money back guarantee, so you can make sure you like it!
There you have my list of the best protein powders. Things to keep in mind when you are nursing are the chemicals you put in your body. I am not a doctor or any sort of health professional, so I can’t advise you, but I can say that I am not perfect in what I consume, nor do I try to be. In this world of crazy toxic everything, I just don’t have the time and energy to worry about it. What I can do is put the best foods in my body to supply my baby with the best milk. Protein powders help me do this as a busy mom because life gets so fast and messy. I find it hard to make something for the kids, get that cleaned up, then have the energy to make something for myself. With a nice smoothie, I can get a lot of nutrients in, with a little bit of mess and prep. In the stage with multiple little ones, I think that’s doing pretty well!
Check Out: Six Skinny Secrets to Losing the Baby Weight
I will be launching a very specialized program for postpartum mamas looking to heal, nourish and regain their strength. I really struggled healing after my first child, and even went through pelvic floor physical therapy for weeks to manage scar tissue that developed from tearing. I have experience studying nutrition, physical therapy and I taught Pilates, so I’ve put together a program I wish I would’ve followed from the beginning.
A program that first heals your body through specialized movements and nourishing foods. Foods are so essential to your body finding the nutrients it needs to put itself back together again. Your postpartum body needs special care in the first 4-6 weeks where you focus on regaining strength and properly fueling your body for breastfeeding.
This program then moves you into gaining physical fitness back. I will never forget the first time I tried to go for a run around 12 weeks postpartum after my first baby. I didn’t do any strength work, so I was literally jelly. I had lost all my extra fat and my previous muscle. So depressing. I was barely able to start gaining it back before I got pregnant and sick again with my second. I’ve learned so much on maintaining muscle postpartum through a unique diet and Pilates routines. I walk you through all of this too!
Lastly, I take you into a fitness and nutrition program to get your body back. This amps up your fitness routine into HIIT workouts, strength workouts and cardio to help you melt off those last pounds. I also walk you through proper food intake to encourage a healthy milk supply, while still burning extra fat as fuel. There is a very fine line to do this, but don’t worry, I’ve done it three times!!
I’m working on my edits to launch this program as soon as possible. I want it to be affordable, so all moms can heal there bodies and skip all the trouble I experienced. I didn’t realize, even with all my knowledge and training, how non-negotiable healing your postpartum body is before working on losing the weight.
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