Any mom can tell you that two of the things we are most lacking are time and energy. So when it comes to meals and nutrition, it’s easy to let our own go out the window as we focus on serving our little ones the best things to grow their tiny bodies into strong, healthy ones.
Breastfeeding or not, I’ve found myself ravaging the pantry many-a-time, ripping into anything and everything that can be quickly and easily consumed. Unfortunately, many of these types of foods don’t have the best nutrients to fuel our bodies and postpartum recovery.
Add breastfeeding into the mix, and you’re likely to feel hungrier than normal, given the extra energy your body needs to produce milk. As a breastfeeding mom myself, I can attest to the ravenous hunger that accompanies sustaining another human’s life with your milk.
Enter: the energy ball. In my never-ending crusade to find the most nutritious and delicious foods that I can shove into my mouth as quickly as possible between chasing a toddler and a 10-month-old, these energy balls have become my go-to snack, dessert, and yes, in some sad cases, lunch-on-the-go.
Check out the easy recipe below, which is packed with breastfeeding-beneficial nutrients.
1. In a large bowl, combine:
- 1 ¼ cup oats
- ½ cup sliced almonds–chop finely by using a food processor or crumbling in a plastic baggie
- 1 tbsp protein powder (shop some of our favorites below)
- ¼ cup brewer’s yeast powder (shop some of our favorites below)
- 3 tbsp flax seed
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- ¼ cup chocolate chips
2. Mix everything together in a large bowl to evenly distribute, and then add:
- ½ cup cashew butter (or whatever nut butter is your favorite—I’ve made these with both almond and peanut butter, but cashew butter tastes the most like a dessert to me)
- ½ cup honey
3. Mix until everything is evenly distributed and put the bowl in the fridge for 15-30 minutes
4. Roll into balls and store in the fridge (I like to use Stasher Bags!)