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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!!