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Sunrise Lactation Protein Smoothie

This Sunrise Smoothie can easily be made for non-lactating individuals and it is just as delicious!

As a busy working mom of an infant, I don’t have a lot of time for breakfast. However, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I would be risking my health and that of my baby by skipping this meal. My husband set out to develop a solution, ensuring I started the day with the proper amount of nutrients, resulting in this quick and easy on-the-go lactation protein smoothie. He mixes it in the Oster MyBlend, which I can easily take in the car with me! It’s seriously awesome.

Sunrise Lactation Protein Smoothie

When I was pregnant, I was constantly hungry, but now that I’ve had the baby, it’s much worse than before. That’s because breastfeeding mothers burn up to 500 calories more per day making milk for their babies. Recently, I’ve returned to work, and noticed my milk supply had decreased, despite all of the lactation cookies I have been consuming (plus, the cookies leave me hungry afterwards!). Then suddenly, I was producing twice the amount the next day. Wondering how this could have happened, I casually mentioned to my husband that I wasn’t sure what I had eaten to boost milk supply so drastically. He replied, I’ve been putting brewer’s yeast in your smoothies…

Well, that makes sense! Brewer’s yeast is commonly used in lactation cookies or as a supplement to boost milk supply. It contains protein, iron, and B vitamins that can help fight fatigue and the baby blues. It wasn’t just the brewer’s yeast though. These sunrise smoothies are packed with super foods, fiber, and nutrients that will not only boost milk supply, but also keep you feeling full longer. Chia seeds are a rich source of calcium, fatty oils, protein, vitamins, fiber, and anti-oxidents and naturally enhance breast milk production rate.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! If you aren’t a nursing mother, simply omit the brewer’s yeast and enjoy this protein smoothie for breakfast or as a snack. It is an incredibly versatile recipe, as you can substitute different types of nut milk or fruits to make your own unique creations.

Wanting more texture, I topped my smoothie with Nature’s Path Organic Sunrise Cereal, and it was delicious! (Is that weird? Cereal on a smoothie? I assure you…it was much better than cereal with milk or even granola!)

Sunrise protein lactation smoothie

Makes 20 oz

  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup frozen mixed fruit blend (I use tropical fruit blend consisting of pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, and mango)
  • 1 scoop plant-based protein powder (I use Plant Fusion pea protein)
  • ½ tsp brewer’s yeast
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds
  • Water
  • Ice

Put chia or flax seeds in blender and blend until chopped into a fine powder.

Blend remaining ingredients together (except fruit and water) until liquefied.

Fill remaining volume with frozen fruit and blend, adding filtered water until preferred consistency.

Pour into to-go container or mix in a portable bottle using the Oster My Blend with travel sport bottle.

If not making to go, pour into a glass and top with delicious cereal of your choice or granola (I topped mine with Nature’s Path Organic Sunrise Cereal and it was DELICIOUS!)

If you make this, please use #refreshingbytes so I can see what you made!

Sunrise lactation Protein smoothie
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Sunrise Lactation Protein Smoothie

This sunrise smoothie is packed with super foods, fiber, and nutrients that will keep you feeling full and help boost milk supply if you are lactating. 

Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 20 Ounces
Calories 225 kcal
Author Refreshing Bytes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Put chia or flax seeds in blender and blend until chopped into a fine powder

  2. Blend remaining ingredients together (except fruit and water) until liquefied

  3. Fill remaining volume with frozen fruit and blend, adding filtered water until preferred consistency

  4. Pour into to-go container or mix in a portable bottle using the Oster My Blend with travel sport bottle

  5. If not making to go, pour into a glass and top with delicious cereal of your choice or granola (I topped mine with Nature’s Path Organic Sunrise Cereal and it was DELICIOUS!)
Nutrition Facts
Sunrise Lactation Protein Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (20 oz)
Calories 225 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 0.3g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 467mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 19.6g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5.5g 22%
Sugars 12.7g
Protein 24.2g 48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Reader feedback: What’s your favorite type of smoothie topping? Is it weird mine is now cereal?!

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Refreshing Bytes

Mrs. Refreshing Bytes has a BBA in MIS and an MBA from Wichita State University. With over 15 years of experience in business and I.T., she has spent many busy lunch breaks ordering from restaurants and learning how to navigate several food allergies and intolerances, including: gluten, dairy, red meat, and tomato, for the past 7 years. She is also dabbling in recipe development, creating healthy, protein packed recipes to keep you full longer. All while mothering 2 boys (aged 14 and 4 months) and being an I.T. nerd!

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