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

5 Ways To Stay Fit During The Holidays

Between travel, shopping, baking and eating it seems next to impossible to stay fit during the holidays, right? WRONG! I have heard from countless people (you may be one) "I will start eating healthy and working out after the holidays." Why are the holidays an excuse to neglect our health? Yes, we should be thinking of others during the season of giving but we can't forget about ourselves. You can only help others when you are happy and healthy. If an airplane were to crash, aren't you supposed to put your air mask on before you help others? You would be useless if you didn't. Same goes for your health. 

So if you are one of those people that put your health off until the New Year, here are a few helpful tips to stay fit and healthy during the craziness of the holidays.

1. Schedule it!

Make working out a priority! Pencil it in your calendar. I like to workout as soon as I wake up so that I know I get it done. If I don't do it in the morning, something always happens to come up that seems more important. A lot of people like to work out after work. It is a personal preference. Whatever your preference is, just do it!

2. Set a Challenge

Setting a challenge or a personal goal is extremely motivating! I hold group fitness and nutrition challenges every month to help motivate people to set goals and achieve them! Striving to reach a goal is so much better than just working out without any type of goal in mind. Challenge yourself!

3. Sightsee

If you are traveling over the holidays, take this time to sightsee! Go biking, walking, or hiking and take in the sights around you. Get the family in on it too! This is a fun way to get your exercise in.

4. Baby It's Cold Outside

Sometimes Mother Nature brings some pretty crappy winter weather. If you don't want to leave the house, pop in a workout DVD. DVDs are, also, great to bring with you while you are traveling. There are SO many amazing workout DVDs out there! If you need help deciding on one, you can always ask me:)

5. Friends Who Exercise Together, Stay Together

Grab a workout buddy. Whether it be a walking buddy, running buddy, biking buddy, yoga buddy, whatever! If you have a friend to workout with, you both can motivate each other and hold each other accountable.  

 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Stay healthy, have fun and, most importantly, be happy! 

Best Wishes,

Lisa Catherine