A coffee lactation smoothie with a mocha frappe taste is just the morning or afternoon pick-me-up you mamas need. Protein, coffee, cinnamon. Yep, we know you're already on board. Turn your morning coffee into a protein-packed shake with our easy recipe. Just one scoop of our Mama Mocha protein powder and a few ingredients blend quick and easy into a satisfying breastfeeding smoothie.
Our mocha frappe lactation protein shake is under 400 calories and contains nearly 10g of fiber. USDA guidelines recommend about 25-30g per day of fiber, and it really should be top of mind when you're thinking about your postpartum health routine. Fiber is a key component in gut health, which impacts everything from your immune system to fighting off constipation.
Wondering if you should avoid coffee while breastfeeding? It's generally accepted that nursing and pumping moms can enjoy about 200-300mg of caffeine per day without impacting baby's health in any measurable way. However, some babies may be extra sensitive to caffeine, so it's a good idea to watch your babe for any signs of irritability or fussiness, and try decaf for a few days to see if it helps. The good news is our coffee lactation shake recipe works with decaf too!
Looking to turn your smoothie into a meal? Check out our article on boosting the nutrients, calories and protein in our shakes to create easy, on-the-go meals out of your lactation smoothies. Some of our favorites for this recipe would be:
- A tablespoon of almond butter, rich in protein and considered a breastfeeding superfood
- A half-cup of kale which boosts the protein by 1g, contains just 20 calories or less but has a whopping amount of vitamins A and C.
- Half an avocado will increase the calories by 150 or more depending on the size, but packs in a ton of healthy monounsaturated fat, helping you to absorb more vitamins.
Coffee Lactation Smoothie - Mocha Frappe Protein Shake
Research shows coffee in moderation is OK for you breastfeeding moms - yay! Bring some joy into your morning while getting a ton of nursing and pumping-friendly protein and nutrients with our mocha lactation shake. Easy to make and starts your day off right!
1 scoop Milk Drunk Mocha Protein Powder
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup coffee, regular or decaf
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Cinnamon, to taste
Chocolate shavings, optional
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish with chocolate shavings if desired. For an iced frappe, throw in a handful of ice cubes before blending.
Make it cold and creamy by adding a handful of frozen cauliflower to your blender - it thickens the smoothie, adds nutrients and doesn't impact the mocha-licious flavor!
Nutrition facts are per serving (one serving total).
Calories 365, Protein 21 grams, Fiber 9.5 grams