Lactation Snacks (Guest Post)

Hey Everyone! B is helping me out by writing a post to help me stay afloat while I adjust to EV joining our family.  I am so very glad she did!  Since EV arrived she has been a nursing champ.  That said a yummy snack to keep my supply up is just the ticket!  The two recipes she shared are now staples in my home.  If you know a nursing mama pass them along.  If you are a nursing mother then try these out!  While you're at it, check out her wonderful blog!

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Hi, friends, I'm B! I'm so glad to be filling in for Jenna while she and the family are adjusting to their new bundle of joy. Now that my own little lady is two (and she's still nursing), I know how important it is for moms to stay nourished! Today, I'd like to share two great recipes that have helped me over the past two years--a no-bake grab and go treat and a delicious way to stay hydrated. Both recipes help moms stay fueled, and if you're nursing/pumping, the ingredients can help with milk supply too!

Energy Bites
1 c oats
2/3 c coconut flakes, toasted and cooled (microwave in a glass dish about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds--keep a close eye on it!)
1/2 c ground flaxseeds
1 T chia seeds
1-2 T Brewers yeast
1/3 c honey
1/2 c peanut butter
1 t vanilla
1/4 c mini chocolate chips
1/4 c dried cranberries

1. Combine oats through brewers yeast in a medium bowl and stir until mixed well.
2. Add in honey, peanut butter, and vanilla, and stir until incorporated.
3. Fold in chocolate chips and cranberries.
4. Chill in fridge about 30 minutes, form into approximately 1-inch balls, and store in an airtight container for up to a week (if they last that long!).


Strawberry Barley Water
1/2 c pearl barley, rinsed
1 1/4-inch chunk of ginger
2 c frozen strawberries
honey to taste

1. Combine barley and ginger in large saucepan. Add 8 cups of water, bring to boil over high, then reduce head to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
2. Add the strawberries and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and break up strawberries with a potato masher.
3. Strain the mixture into a pitcher (mesh sieve works well here). Add honey to your preferred level of sweetness, stir well, and discard the solids.
4. Store in the fridge for several days. Best served cold, and can be mixed with sparkling water for a little something extra!


B writes over at Then There Was We, where she discusses life as a military spouse, toddler mama, and full-time stepmom to a school-ager, as well as everything else under the sun. You can follow her on Pinterest for many recipe and parenting boards, or on Instagram where she tries to put those pins into action.

B @ Then There Was We

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