This next recipe was inspired by a little place in Manchester New Hampshire called Restoration Cafe. They have great little selection of bowls, smoothies, light sandwiches, juices, and the like. I loved the marketing of this cafe too, I mean beakers for glasses? I’m there for it! I would always get the Egg, Cheddar and Chive sandwich on a brioche bun – yum! I used to go here and work on the patio before I had my daughter. After I had her I wasn’t able to make it very often but I used my version of their Almond Joy smoothie as a lactation smoothie to beef up my calories. If you are looking for the best lactation cookies you should check these from How Sweet Eats. I loved making these!
I digress – here’s the main attraction, you could also use this during pregnancy as a hearty breakfast. A little pro-tip from my friend Amanda over at the Functional Bump, she will prep all of her mix-ins (protein, seeds, hemp, etc) for her smoothies a week at a time so she can cut down on the time it takes to make a smoothie in the morning. I love that idea! That would have helped me a lot when I was breastfeeding because this smoothie has a lot of ingredients – but in my opinion totally worth it!
Almond Joy Lactation Smoothie
8 Raw Almonds
⅛ Cup Coconut Flakes
⅓ Full Fat Coconut Milk
½ Cup Oatmeal
1 Teaspoon Cacao Nibs
1 Teaspoon Flax Seed
1 Teaspoon Hemp Hearts
Protein Powder if you’d like (I usually didn’t because I couldn’t find a protein powder I liked until I found this unsweetened one!)
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