No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Bites

As of February 13th I am officially a mom! I always heard other moms say that being a mom is the most rewarding thing in life but it wasn't until recently that I can honestly say that is 100% the truth. Our little bundle has brought so much joy into our lives already!

A new baby comes with love, joy, lots of poopy diapers, sleepless nights and constant baby-boob bonding (if you are breastfeeding).  Luckily (knock- on-wood) I have not been struggling with producing milk; however, many new moms do. In order to make sure that I keep up my milk supply, I researched foods that were good for lactation and eat them daily. One of my favorite recipes is my homemade No Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Bites. I admit that I eat them like candy they are so good! 

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Why do I call them lactation bites? Oats, flax seed and healthy fats (peanut butter) are all ingredients that are thought to boost milk supply. These bites are, also, great for women who are still pregnant since they contain dates. Women who consume about 6 dates a day when pregnant are said to have an easier labor and delivery.

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Without further ado, here is my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Bite recipe. Enjoy!

1 cup pitted soft dates
1/3 cup ground flax seed
1/3 cup oats
6 tablespoons organic unsalted peanut butter (no added sugar)
1/3 cup (add more if you'd like) mini dark chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: using a food processor, process the dates until a sticky ball is formed. Add the flax, oats, peanut butter and vanilla and blend until they are finely ground. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips. The mixture should stick together when rolled into a tight ball. If it doesn't, try adding 1 tablespoon of water and blend again. Roll the mixture into tight balls and lay them on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate and enjoy!

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Lisa Catherine 

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com

7 Healthy On The Go Snacks

Since we have moved into the boondocks, I find myself trying to run all my errands at once. This means that I am gone for the majority of the day. I love going out for a nice meal occasionally, but I hate ALWAYS eating out. It is expensive and I prefer to make my own food. So while I am on the go, I pack a goodie bag of healthy snacks (sometimes even a meal if I am gone most of the day). 

If you are like me and feel like you are on the go the majority of the day, here are a list of some simple, healthy snacks to take with you.

1. Ants on a log - I used to eat these all the time as a kid. It was one of my favorite snacks. Chop up some celery, add peanut butter or almond butter and top it with raisins or almonds. 

2. Mixed Nut Trail Mix - I typically will buy just mixed nuts or I will buy mixed nuts with raisins.

3. Protein Shake - In our house we use Vega Protein or Swiig. I use water (my husband uses almond milk), add one scoop protein, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 avocado, a handful of spinach (you can't taste it, I promise), blend it up. I, also, will add flax or chia seeds and sometimes some Maca powder if I am feeling a little tired that day. 

4. Kind Bar, Larabar or Cliff Bar - Try to find an energy bar or protein bar with no artificial sweeteners in it. Find a bar where you know all the ingredients listed on the table. Better yet, make your own energy bar.

You can make your own bars (or energy balls) by adding your favorite ingredients to a food processor. I use oats, dates (sometimes prunes), organic unsweetened peanut butter, flax, cinnamon, coconut oil. I process it and than add any toppings such as, coconut, dark chocolate chips, raisins etc. Mix with a spoon (or hands) and than mold into energy bars. Place them on a cookie sheet with wax paper. Place in refrigerator and than enjoy!

5. Hummus and veggies

6. Greek Yogurt - I always buy unsweetened yogurt and add fruit to it. 

7. Hardboiled Egg

 

I hope this has helped! If you would like any more advice or help with how to prepare any of these snacks, please feel free to contact me.

Have a great week!

 

Lisa Catherine Kenny

Lisa@LisaCatherineCoaching.com

www.LisaCatherineCoaching.com