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Protein is a magical macro for breastfeeding and weight loss. I actually struggle to eat enough protein because I’m not a big fan of meat. I will eat chicken drenched in ketchup, or turkey burgers with lots of cheese and toppings, but I am really happy without the meat and just veggies. So, I opt for protein shakes as a way to help me get protein in. Protein is essential and important when you’re breastfeeding, and it’s a great tool for weight loss because it provides energy for your muscles and brain, while also requiring extra energy to digest. I find that the protein shakes are an amazing way to consume protein, in addition to other nutrients in a way that is not only palatable but super yummy!
If you have trouble knowing what protein powder to get, please read about my favorite, super clean protein powder! Its the Ora Organics. I just ordered my new tub of vanilla, and I can’t wait for it to arrive! I use it for pregnancy and postpartum because it has awesome ingredients for milk supply.
They have a great money-back guarantee if you end up not liking it, and I also talk about more protein powder options in this post, that are really great for breastfeeding mamas!
Anyways, let’s get into some smoothie bowls!!
This one is cool, green and fresh! I like some of my smoothie bowls thick and room temperature, so they are more like a pudding/dessert. Others I like with frozen fruit. This one is super thick and pudding-like. If you aren’t a fan of that, use frozen bananas rather than fresh.
1 scoop VANILLA protein powder (get my favorite!)
1 cup or so of Almond Milk (or milk of choice). Depending on your blender, you may need more or less
1 Banana (minus a few slices for topping)
4 small mint leaves
Throw it all in a good blender. I use this one. Feel free to add a little sweetener if you happen to have a protein powder that isn’t that sweet. Top with some mint leaves and banana and its super yummy!
Now this one is for the more adventurous, healthy eater. If you are a new smoothie-bowl eater, the idea of beats in your smoothie might sound appalling, but its really more exciting to try it!
Here’s what you need:
1/2 Can of Beets
1/2 Cup Almond Milk
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
Extra sweetener of choice: Stevia, honey, raw sugar etc. to add as needed
Blend everything together. Depending on how sweet your protein powder is, you will probably want to add a couple teaspoons of Stevia or honey because the beet flavor is strong. They are super good for you, and make a beautiful color, but if the flavor is still too much, add 5 more strawberries.
This one is yummy and super basic! Just Mangos, a little peach and banana.
This one has frozen mangos in it, along with fresh to give it a cool, smooth consistency.
8 Chunks frozen Mango
1/2 – whole fresh mango sliced
1/4 fresh peach sliced
1 Scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup almond milk
Blend everything together and top with a little mango and peach!
I really wish I served this in a coconut. It’s on my list to eat it that way this week because that will be so much better. But, cutting a coconut is not something I’m good at. Anyways, this one is super simple too!
8 fresh strawberries
Handful of frozen strawberries/berries (I had mixed berries, so mine is more purple, but strawberries will keep it pink!)
1/4 Avocado for texture
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
3 spoonfulls coconut cream. This is the best with coconut cream from a can that you can scoop off the top. If you don’t have it, you can omit all together and it will still taste good.
1/2 cup Almond Milk
Shredded coconut for topping
Blend it all together and top with some frozen berries and lots of coconut!!
I have 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.
Here is what one mama emailed me on the program:
“I absolutely love the program! Just got finished with workout 4 and I’m dying I can only do these 2x thru and my second round is pretty funny to see I’m sure! I will work up to 3x:-) By the way, your little boy angel in the videos is too precious and makes me smile! My boys have been doing these with me as well🏼!
Here is what another mama posted in the Facebook Group:
“Feeling GREAT on this program!!! It’s unbelievable how eating clean makes such a difference. Let me rephrase that…it’s amazing the difference eating nutrient dense foods makes! My skin is glowing and I’m already shedding pounds! I also tried the first workout today and did well although I had to modify a bit and omit the backwards burpee (I had cesarean just over a month ago and don’t quite feel ready for that exercise just yet but I will get there). Loving this plan! Thank you SO MUCH for tour help! Currently eating pictures lunch while writing this ☺”
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 workout program to combine with a meal plan to help you lose the baby weight, not your milk!! !
I created this program to be affordable and realistic for new mams!