Thursday, September 27, 2012

Yummy Smoothie recipes for Mommy and baby(ies)!

I have already posted a few recipes on Kale, the super food! For many of us, Kale has a strong flavor that is hard to get down. I am on the hunt for a Kale salad that I enjoy!  However, I have found a DELICIOUS way for my boys and I to enjoy the wonderful health benefits!

Kale Orange Banana Smoothie

2 c Kale chopped
1 banana (frozen optional)
1 orange peeled
1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)
6 oz water

Kale strawberry banana smoothie

2 c chopped Kale
1 frozen banana
1 c frozen strawberries
6 oz water

We are officially done with bottles.  I have weened the boys from formula (and unfortunately my breast milk).  I haven't really written about this, but I had SO many issues breastfeeding.  It was the the best and the hardest thing I have ever done (or one of them).  I breastfed my twins for NINE months, which I am BEYOND proud of.  I gave them the best beginning that i could.  I was devastated when I had to stop.  I had to make a choice... I could either pump or play.  You see, breastfeeding twins you need to produce A LOT of milk.  My breasts would get so full!  There was one night around the six month mark that I didn't pump because Maximus had been waking up at 11pm and wanting to nurse. C and I had a date night and got home late and I decided I wouldn't pump because Maximus would want to nurse in an hour... or so I thought!  I fell asleep and woke up at 4 am in the worst pain!  My breast were engorged, hard as rocks, and full of plugged ducts.

After I nursed the boys, I could still feel that my ducts were all plugged up.  It was excruciating.  The following day I felt achy and it continued to get worse.  I thought I was coming down with a flu.  By that evening I had a fever of over 101!  I had full blown Mastitis.  My bones ached!  I was shaking!  It was miserable.  The following day I was able to pump a total of 2 oz during a nursing.  I tried to nurse and my milk never let down.  I had a pumping weekend and was able to build my milk supply back up, but it never was the same.  I had to work so hard to maintain it.  With introducing solids, battling Mastitis, it was a losing battle.  Around 9 months I had to make a choice, do I pump after every feeding again and in between or play with my boys who are only going to be this age once.  I probably would have breastfed them until they were two if I was able and if they wanted it.  That's how much I loved it and how pro breastfeeding I am.

So, my thought process was, if I can't produce the best, I can make the best for them.  I want to instill a healthy palate and eating habits and prevent (as much as possible) picky toddlers.  So far so good!  Rocco and Maximus LOVE fruits and LOVE vegetables.  They eat a variety of proteins (no chicken fingers! no fish sticks!), and whole grains (wonder bread who?).

The picture of the three smoothies one of their new daily snacks (and mine!).  They haven't mastered the straws yet, but we are working on it.  They both polished those smoothies off and loved 'em!  I also love those straw cups (playtex) because they allow me to help squeeze up the contents  until they figure it out.


Neamorfnost said...

I will be def trying to make those smoothies!!
Sorry that your breastfeeding experience was not easy (mine wasnt either) but you did a great job breastfeeding them for so long!

Amanda said...

These look so yummy I think I'll have to try doing kale in my smoothies again! Every time I try I feel like I can never get it blended smooth, and the babies don't like it, so I just stick to spinach!
The mastitis sounds awful, so sorry you went through that. But hey, 9 months is a long time to breastfeed twins, so good job! You are pretty lucky that you have such great eaters! Despite my best efforts at introducing M&B to variety and lots of healthy stuff from early on, they are both SO picky and it drives me nuts! They also don't like to eat anything more frequently than once a month! I swore that the one thing I would never have was picky eaters.. Oh well :( My only consolation is that they are still getting breastmilk, but MAN am I sick of pumping!

My (In)fertile Confessions said...

Yes make them again! They are delish! I even got C to join the band wagon and now he is hooked! I'm hoping I can talk him into getting us a Vitamix mixer next! I cannot believe you are still pumping! You rock! I HATE that pump! ;-P

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