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It is no secret that nursing mamas burn LOTS of calories. According to Women’s Health Magazine, we’re talking up to 500 more calories. So, it comes as no surprise that nursing mamas need some powerhouse, nutrient-dense foods to keep up with the caloric demands of breastfeeding while avoiding over-indulgence. Thankfully, there are several healthy foods that are not only nature’s way of maintaining (and in some cases boosting) healthy lactation, but they can be delicious as well.

oats

My favorite recipe has to be my Nursing Mama’s Oatmeal! It’s chock full of protein, iron, omega-3s and phytoestrogens, all of which support lactation as presented by BabyCenter. And get this: It’s actually super tasty and comforting, which every mama deserves!

Below is my easy recipe that can be tailored to your liking. Choose different fruits each day and your breakfast (and snack) options are nearly endless!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 1 Tbsp organic almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp organic flax seed meal
  • 1 tsp brewer’s yeast (not to be confused with baker’s or nutritional yeast)
  • 1 tsp pure organic maple syrup
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • ½ banana
  • ½ pear
  • 1 handful of raw almonds

Directions:

  1. Cook oatmeal according to package directions.
  2. Combine almond butter, flax seed meal, brewer’s yeast and maple syrup in breakfast bowl.
  3. While still hot, mix in cooked oatmeal and cinnamon.
  4. Top with banana, pear, and almonds. Enjoy!

How will you customize this recipe? We’d love to hear and give it a try ourselves!

>> Read more: Skinny Mom Guide to Oatmeal