All a new mother needs to hear is “energy,” and she is immediately intrigued and drawn to the topic of conversation.
It’s not a surprise that as a new mother, the level of energy and stamina is a bit low as we are trying to cope and handle all of life’s responsibilities with a newborn in our life. In my experience, I was simply surviving the best I could after my baby boy was born. I was still learning how to adjust to the nightly nursing sessions, and the make-it-through-the day tired and blurry eyes feeling.
I was also breastfeeding our son and learning how to manage and balance my body’s intake of good calories to keep up with a decent milk supply. This was an area of struggle and stress for me after several months when I noticed my supply was slowly decreasing and I wasn’t making nearly enough milk as I had been in the first several months after giving birth.
I began researching, asking others and looking into what foods I needed to increase the probability of increasing the amount and the quality of my milk. I found several items including lactation cookies, herbal liquid and capsule blends that did in fact help my supply increase in amount.
However, one thing that I noticed not only helped the amount I was producing, but made the quality of milk more rich and nutrient dense were these amazing “energy bites” that a friend had made and brought me to try.
Recipe download or print: For nursing mommies…
First off, let me just say I would eat these delicious things even if I WEREN’T nursing, so that’s how good they truly were. They were filled with ingredients that were beneficial to producing more milk, but also included foods that we all (nursing or not) could use more of in our diet. I’m not saying we need to eat these all day everyday if we’re not nursing, but they sure do aid the body in things like omegas, antioxidants, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates which convert into energy for the body.
The recipe is simple, ingredients are mixed together in a large bowl and then rolled into small balls.
- 1 cup gluten free organic dry oats. (One Degree is our favorite brand)
- 1/2 cup cacao chips ( or organic dark chocolate chips, “Lily’s” is our favorite brand)
- 1/2 cup nut butter (almond, cashew, peanut)
- 1/2 cup organic ground flaxseed
- 1/2 cup chia seed
- 1/2 cup shredded or shaved coconut
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Roll into 1 inch balls and refrigerate
The nutrients and benefits include:
- The ground flax seed and chia seed are full of Omega 3’s
- The Cacao is a full of flavonoids, which act as natural antioxidants.
- Organic, Gluten-free oats are a good source of complex carbohydrates, which convert to energy.
- Nut butter (Cashew, almond or peanut) is full of proteins, vitamins and unsaturated fats.
- Raw honey ( do not get honey “blend”) helps with low energy, sleep problems and even seasonal allergies.
- Shredded coconut or shavings: includes Iron, Zinc, protein, fiber and fats. (you don’t need to consume large amounts of it)
To all my fellow momma’s, or soon-to-be momma’s…you’re doing amazing!
From one mommy to another, I hope this gives you a little boost and joy to these precious, yet tiring days.