The Best Lactation Balls for Postpartum Nutrition

As a new mom, taking care of yourself is just as important as caring for your little one. One way to support your well-being during the postpartum period is through nutrition, and these Lactation Balls are delicious, high in proteins, and healthy fats. These lactation balls are a yummy postpartum snack designed to nourish your body, help with postpartum recovery, and promote lactation.

Important Postpartum Ingredients:

  • Protein
    • Protein is a vital component for postpartum recovery. It helps repair tissues, supports the immune system, and aids in producing essential enzymes and hormones. Nut butter, Brazil nuts, and chia seeds in these protein balls provide a wholesome dose of protein, giving your body the strength it needs during this crucial time.
  • Healthy Fats
    •  Healthy fats are crucial for brain health and hormone production, which is especially important during the postpartum period. Nut butter and Brazil nuts are rich sources of healthy fats, providing a nourishing boost for both you and your baby.
  • Pumpkin Seeds
    • Pumpkin seeds are a nutritional powerhouse packed with magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients contribute to overall well-being, support immune function and aid in postpartum recovery. (1)
  • Brazil Nuts
    • Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium(2), a mineral essential for thyroid function and antioxidant protection. Including them in your diet can help support your overall health, particularly during the postpartum period when your body is undergoing significant changes. (3)

Lactation-Boosting Ingredients:

  • Flaxseed: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseed promotes healthy brain development in your little one and supports lactation. (3)
  • Nettle Leaf: Known for its galactagogue properties, nettle leaf helps increase breast milk supply. (4)
  • Brewers’ Yeast: A powerhouse of B vitamins and iron, brewers’ yeast is a well-known lactation aid. (5)
  • Ginger: With its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help soothe postpartum discomfort and aid digestion. (6)
  • Fenugreek: Fenugreek has been traditionally in Eastern medicine used to boost milk supply (7)

As a new mom, taking care of your well-being is a priority. These Lactation Protein Balls not only offer a delicious snack but also provide essential nutrients to support your postpartum recovery and lactation journey. Indulge in these wholesome treats and savor the joy of nourishing yourself during this beautiful phase of life.

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The Best Lactation Balls- High Protein Gluten-Free

Ginger Cochran, MS, RDN,CDCES,CEP-ACSM
These lactation balls are packed with protein, healthy fats, and ingredients shown in research to improve lactation. Simply combine all the ingredients, add the option of chocolate chips at the end, and put in the refrigerator.
One-handed foods that are nutrient-dense, like these lactation balls, are perfect for improving postpartum nutrition because they are easy to grab and eat while juggling other things.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerator Time 2 hours
Course Snack
Servings 24 balls
Calories 233 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Blender or food processer
  • 1 sheet any size that will fit 12 lactation balls in to refrigerator

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • To make these nourishing Lactation Protein Balls, mix all ingredients besides chocolate chips in a blender or food processor and form them into bite-sized balls. If adding chocolate chips, mix in at the end and while forming balls. The addition of chocolate chips provides a delightful touch, making these treats a joy to savor.

Notes

All types of nut butter work in this recipe. I like to use the Nutzo brand because it contains almonds, brazil nuts, chia seeds, and flaxseed in the nut butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ballCalories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 323mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 13IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 99mgIron: 2mg
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Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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