This lactation protein shake is packed with protein and milk-making galactagogues - but it seriously tastes like a candy bar! Make this smoothie in the evening for a post-dinner breastmilk-boosting dessert, because it will feel like one!
The addition of almond butter in this breastfeeding treat pushes the calories and protein up - making it a good option for a quick meal as well. It's important for pumping and nursing moms to consume additional calories while breastfeeding - and getting it all in one smoothie that's also full of natural, whole-food galactagogues is a time and energy saver.
If you're a vegan breastfeeding mom, the almond butter is also a great source of delicious plant-based protein as well. If you'd like to boost it even more, simply add another spoonful, just remember that it has about 100 calories per tablespoon.
Dates are also a key ingredient in this smoothie - we just love including a few in our lactation shakes! Not only do they add a 100 percent natural sweetness, but they contain fiber and iron - and also can increase prolactin levels in breastfeeding moms. Not sure what prolactin is? Simply put, it's a hormone your body produces to instigate milk production and supply. Your body will naturally produce it when you nurse or pump consistently, but certain foods can help too, so drop those dates in your blender, mama!
Salted Caramel Lactation Protein Smoothie with Almond Butter
This recipe features a few more ingredients than the average lactation smoothie - but it's well worth it! The flavors really come together nicely, making this a decadent treat for you breastfeeding moms. Although the calorie count seems high, remember the protein, fiber and iron that comes with each sip - these are not empty calories!
1 scoop Milk Drunk Salted Caramel Protein Powder
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon chia seeds
2 dates, pitted
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
sliced almonds (optional)
Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Garnish with sliced almonds if desired. For a colder treat, throw in a handful of ice cubes before blending.
In addition to over 22g of vegan protein, this lactation shake also features chia and dates, two breastfeeding superfoods!
Nutrition facts are per serving (one serving total).
Calories 455, Protein 22.5 grams, Fiber 8 grams