Eating healthy foods to give you more energy, encourage good breast milk and help you lose post pregnancy pounds is part what you need when it comes to postnatal nutrition. You also want foods that don't require lots of preparation and are easy to consume for those days when your baby or children are taking up a lot of your time!
Smoothies are a nutritious snack or easy breakfast for time poor mums and moms. With very little effort and a blender you have a healthy portable meal in minutes. If you are breastfeeding this smoothie contains many great nutrients which may help the healthy development of your baby. Make it for your toddlers or older children too, it helps ensure they have their important dose of fresh fruit with vitamins for their immune system and protein for growth and repair.
Benefits in brief
- Bananas provide potassium for helping circulate oxygen around the body and provide energy. They also provide silicon, an essential element for healthy, strong nails, hair and collagen.
Almonds are good source of;
- Protein, and healthy monounsaturated fats for helping weight loss. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin so help sustain the appetite.
- Riboflavin and L-carnitine, both nutrients help boost the brain and may help relieve 'baby brain'.
- Rich in antioxidants, such that they have the highest antioxidant content of any fruit.
- A good source of dietary fibre for good digestion.
- Good for providing vitamin C for collagen and elastin production, components of the skin that keep it toned and firm.
½ banana, peeled
1 orange, peeled
1 tablespoon of natural Greek yoghurt
1 cup of water (a little more or less depending on how you like the consistency of your smoothie)
1 handful of frozen or fresh mixed berries or blueberries
1 tablespoon of ground almonds
How to make
- Take a blender and place the banana in first. Follow with the orange, natural yogurt, ground almonds, water and finally the frozen or fresh berries.
- Start the blender on low and blend for about 30 seconds. Stop and push down the ingredients with a spatula or spoon.
- Start the blender again and add a little more water if it seems to thick. Blend until it is smooth.
- Pour the smoothie into a flask, cup or mug.
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