“Got milk” has taken on a completely different meaning these days. Ezra is a BOOOYYYY; he loves to eat, so i’ve got to keep up my milk supply (don’t worry, you don’t need to stop here if you’re not nursing a little baby–this recipe is easy adapted for anyone (Aria loves it!) :)). Baby boy’s already got me thinking that he’ll eat us out of house and home once he’s older. You have to love food if you’re going to be a part of this family, and he fits right in ;). Anyway, I get super hungry throughout the day since he eats so much; I actually get way hungrier as a nursing mom than when i’m pregnant.
This peanut butter banana smoothie is great for when I’m short on time (which is most of the time) and need a quick, filling meal or snack. Let’s be real–it’s more of a snack for me, but it definitely works as a light lunch (or a great kid snack when adapted!). You can easily customize it to your diet, so feel free to sub things in and out as they work for you!
But forreals, if you’re a peanut butter and banana combo fan, try this smoothie out–so good.
On a separate note: How much do you like the HIGHLY styled photos I worked on for this blog post =p. I just realistically don’t always have time to make things pretty, so here’s to just getting things done.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1- 1 1/4 cups unsweetened nut milk (I like using almond milk, or you can use your milk of choice)
1 banana (frozen is preferable but not necessary)
5 tablespoons rolled oats
2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter, but c’mon–the PB and banana combo is what gives me the heart eyes)
1 tablespoon collagen powder
- If you’re unfamiliar with collagen powder, it:
- builds connective tissue in hair, skin, and nails (yes, please–esp since postpartum hair loss is reeeeeaaallll)
- helps regulate the body’s metabolism
- is super high in protein
1 tablespoon brewer’s yeast (this is basically the magical ingredient that will help you boost your milk production, so feel free to leave this out if you’re not in the business of making milk)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use this kind, but you do you!)
1 date (if your banana isn’t super ripe and need sweetness or if you’ve got a sweet tooth–and make sure it’s pitted…your blender and your non-chipped teeth will thank you)
4-5 ice cubes (especially important if your banana isn’t frozen. I add some even when my banana isn’t frozen b/c I like my smoothies extra cold)
a dash of cinnamon on top (optional)
Blend everything together in your blender, and enjoy!! Or in my case, chug…because I cannot drink anything slowly…like ever–unless it’s scalding hot (or has alcohol in it b/c i’m basically allergic, but that’s neither here nor there). Sidenote: We have a Vitamix and love it! Dave got me a refurbished one (score!) for Christmas, I think 4 years ago now, and it’s still going strong!)
- You can add 2 Tablespoons of cacao powder if you’re in the mood for chocolate-y goodness
- If you’re vegan/or vegetarian and can’t use collagen powder, I recommend replacing that with hemp hearts or chia seeds (those subs are best used in a high-powered blender, so you get a SMOOTHie)
- If you don’t have dates, you can use your choice of sweetener; I recommend using real maple syrup–adding it a teaspoon at a time to your desired taste
What are some ways you keep your milk production up? I know Mother’s Tea is an option, but I DO NOT like the flavor of it whatsoever–I wish I did. Maybe I should just plug my nose and chug. I’d love to hear from you in the comments section, especially if you’re a seasoned breastfeeding vet :D.