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Berry Green Smoothie: Post Partum, Breast feeding, Post Workout Friendly

Friday, January 11, 2019


After I gave birth to my third child, Noah, as with every pregnancy, my appetite came back with a vengeance and I wanted to eat everything at once. 

But with a newborn who wanted to drink all my milk at once, that left me short on time to fix meals for myself. The mister did stay home and help me of course, but with two other kids to tend to, I didn’t mind making myself or grabbing quick snacks to help me get by until I had a prepared meal. 



Now that I could get back to my beloved Vitamix and actually not be mentally tortured by mixing ingredients up, smoothies we’re reincorporated into my diet. 


Today I’m sharing the smoothie I made that was quick, filing and 
nutritional for breastfeeding, post partum, post workout and  even in between meals. 

Recipe:
1.5 cup almond (any dairy free) milk
1 handful of spinach 
1 cup of berries (frozen or a mix of fresh and frozen)
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup of oats 
1 scoop of protein powder  (I use this plant based brand) 
2 tbs of raw honey 
*ice is optional  
 


Benefits in smoothie:

Berries: 
antioxidants, boots immunity, tons of vitamins and minerals, and packed with dietary fiber which is great to help keep your digestion steady. CARBS! 

Protein powder: 
increase strength, regulates blood sugar (great for when you need a quick fix and don’t want to feel hungry and/or have low glucose levels), essential for milk supply, helps with postpartum recovery (cell regeneration.)

Oats:
Known galactagogue to help increase milk supply and after 3 babies, I believe oats personally helped me maintain my supply, but not necessarily increase it per say. I would notice a difference but nothing drastic. Try flax meal or seeds and brewers yeast for supply increase and additional nutritional benefits. 

Spinach: 
Iron (great to have after postpartum blood loss and breastfeeding), detoxing, copious amounts of vitamins and minerals and another source of protein. 

Honey:
Immunity boosting, packed with vitamins and minerals, immunity boosting (childbirth does a number on your immune system, so anti fungal and anti viral foods are key). 

Almond milk: (or whatever nut milk you have on hand)
Dairy free calcium and vitamin d substitute. 
Baby may not respond well to dairy through your milk, so dairy free options are a great alternatives. 
You can add ice to make the smoothie extra cold and not as thick. 

*this smoothie makes a lot, so it definitely can be sipped though a newborn feeding session, which always takes about 30 minutes plus sometimes for breastfeeding mamas. 

What are/were some of your favorite quick postpartum snacks? 


-xo Natasha 

Baby Led Weaning with Raised Real

Friday, January 4, 2019

As I’ve come to make whole foods and nutrition a part of my family and I’s lifestyle, it was essential I would do the same for baby number three. 

For my daughter, we gave her your typical baby food out of the jar, no questions asked. But when we were expecting our second child, I knew I’d want to make his baby food and allow his palate to be open to all kinds of foods (can we say beets, parsnips and spinach). 


Fast forward to today, we have a third, and eager, little mouth to feed, but the time to prep and make his food is nowhere to be found. Granted, I’ve been able to mash some bananas and avocado for him and prepped and froze green beans for him, I still don’t have a stash like I did last time in the freezer. 


With the help of Raised Real, I’ve been able to worry less about the time to prep and store his food, and focus on keeping him fed, full, and open to a explorative and nutrient dense diet. The meals are organic and plant based and even though they have portioned but now pre made, you have the choice to purée, mash or feed it to your little one as finger food. Parents need options, and I’m here for it! 


He is still being breastfed and I make sure, matter-of-fact, he makes sure as well, that he doesn’t skip a feeding. However, with him joining us for meals now, having adding something more hearty to his diet has made him a happier little guy. 
I’m big on getting the kids involved in the kitchen with meal prepping and healthy food choices, so they like helping me choose one of the pre-made packets and helping me blend as well. 
Dad even gets to join in and lend a helping hand with meal time without me having to have meals prepped or stored away on the freezer. 


And though little man can down sometimes up to 7 oz of food in one sitting and the Raised Real packets come with only 4.5 oz, with two feedings a day, I can get at least 10 days of extra help and supplement nutrition for Noah. 


If you’re looking for prepped baby food already portioned for your little one to save time, but you’re worried about your budget (time is money after all) I have a coupon code just for you! 
Head to www.raisedreal.com and use the code: NATASHA25 to save $25 on your first order. 



-xo Natasha 

What’s in the Hospital Bag: Newborn Edition

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


So I cannot make a blog post about what’s in my new Ella Dane diaper backpack, without highlighting the fact that I’m about to be a mother of trés babés! The last time I had to think about a baby bag and newborn essentials was almost four years ago! 

The first time around I had a Coach Baby bag, and it was almost the size of a weekend bag. Since I took very good care of it, I was able to use it 3.5 years later for my son. 



But that bag is long gone, and I wanted something cuter, allowed me to truly be hands free (My old bag always had to be shifted from shoulder to shoulder for comfort and basically got in the way). 

With my style changing over the last 3.5 years, I wanted something that was easy multi-functional, practical and had a minimal and classic vibe. The faux leather, which makes it wipeable is a plus! 




Thanks to the right hash tag, and the final search, I came across Lorenda’s perfect diaper backpack, Ella Dane Designs.  
From one Mama to another, and my love for small business’, I had to support. Literally, I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it! The reviews, were helpful, the bag looked (and once it made its way home to Mama) is roomy, and it has the leather-like look and style I was looking for! This bag comes with a strap to wear as a shoulder bag and an attachable zippered bottle holder (not pictured). 





Thanks to a couple of Pinterest post, here’s what I packed for baby boy in his diaper backpack. 



-2 hats
-2 mittens 
-3 socks 
-3 onesies 
-2 sleepers 


-1 burp cloth 
-1 going home outfit 
-1 receiving blanket 
-1 blanket 



*Wipes 
 *Diapers 

The hospital has there own supply they encourage you to use, but I have my own preference. So these items and Baby toiletries (as far as shampoo etc is optional as well). 





Items that I packed temporarily for the hospital:
brush and comb 
soap and lotion for his first bath. 


Going home outfit! So cute, I can't stand it!


And then we can’t forget about Mama! 
Since your baby bag is basically meant to hold a few of your essentials as well, here are mine:





-breast pads (I’m sticking more than this in there, but these were samples, and they will be used!) 
-sanitizer 


I’ll have my own bag for the hospital, but afterwards I plan to place my phone, wallet, and a snack in here. 
I’ll pack an extra shirt in there as well and a shirt and change of underwear for big brother, in the near future. 






Every time I walk into the boys room and see my new diaper bag pack ready for use, the more anxious I get for Baby G3’s arrival. I cant wait to rock this backpack as a mama of 3, confidently and comfortably! 



-xo Natasha 

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