by Carrie Saum
After all of the shakes, parfaits, cookies, cakes, and bowls of oats, you might be ready for some green. As it turns out, this is just the thing.
For weeks, I started my day out with this tasty green smoothie. As a working mom who also pumped exclusively, I found it difficult to make good choices for breakfast. The convenience foods were much easier and took less effort, and on mornings when I was struggling to stay awake, (much less gather all my pump gear and my baby and my baby’s gear and leave the house before 8:00 AM), I found that too many extra steps made me crazy.
In an effort to fuel my brain, my body, and my baby, I decided to make a slight shift. I still grabbed my convenience foods for nursing snacks, (because, holy moly, making milk makes you HANGRY!), but I started my day with this instead.
The reason why I call this smoothie the Green Goddess? Well, I felt like a goddess when I drank it. I noticed that I moved more easily through my work day, my brain seemed to fire faster, and my milk more plentiful. It provided a necessary punch of energy, essential vitamins, healthy fats, and amino acids. Plus, I felt really good knowing that my baby was getting all of those fantastic nutrients, too.
This takes FIVE MINUTES to prepare and you have great morning fuel.
- 1 Tbsp almond butter
- 1 cup fresh spinach, tightly packed (or a pretty healthy handful if you aren’t into measuring…like me.)
- 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
- 1 green apple, seeded and cored, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 2 fresh basil leaves (optional, but great for milk and taste)
- 1 tsp (heaping) flax meal (optional, but great for milk)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup water
Directions: Combine everything in blender or magic bullet and blend until smooth. Chill in freezer for 20 minutes or drink immediately.
Let’s keep ourselves fueled, mamas. Feeding babies and taking care of ourselves is hard work.
Channelling The Inner Goddess,
*Note: It’s important to point out that most women aren’t going to need to eat food with the intention of upping their milk supply, if everything is working the way it is supposed to, your baby will know how to up your supply just fine themselves. Skin-to-skin and feeding on demand are the best ways to increase breastmilk supply to meet your baby’s needs. (Concerned you have low supply? Read this to help figure out if it is something you need to be concerned about.) For those women, galactalogues just happen and they don’t need to think about it. But some women, like me, do need a boost. As a mom who ended up exclusively pumping and indeed having low supply such that I ended up on medication solely to increase my milk production, I know what it’s like to look for anything, anything at all that would help my body make even just a little more milk to help feed my baby. With the support of my health care providers, we tried everything. It becomes “I will eat all the cookies, I will drink all the shakes, I will eat all the parfaits!” if it even just makes me feel like I’m doing something to address the low supply struggle, it is worth it.
Carrie Saum brings a passion for wellness and over a decade of experience in health care to her clients. A certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor (AWC) from the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, she empowers individuals and families to achieve health and balance through time-honored practices and health knowledge.
Carrie has extensive first-hand experience in vast array of medical and service fields. With background in paramedic medicine, Carrie spent ten years serving in the non-profit sector managing organizations, programs, and orchestrating resources to meet health needs of people across the United States and abroad in countries such as Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya, and Zambia. As an AWC, Carrie currently coaches her clients and their families about topics including nutrition, weight loss, and stress management.In addition to her work as a wellness counselor, Carrie is a passionate “foodie” and author. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and young son.