Nurturing Recipes for Busy Moms: Celebrate Motherhood, Celebrate Breastfeeding
The Ultimate Lactation Ladoo by Our Breastfeeding Experts
- Begin by chopping the almonds, unsalted pistachios, and walnuts.
- Place the nuts and pumpkin seeds in a blender or mixer and pulse briefly to create a semi-ground powder.
- Chop the dates into small pieces.
- Combine the nut mixture with the chopped dates, figs, and cardamom powder in a bowl. Mix thoroughly until well-combined.
- Shape small portions of the mixture into tiny balls or ladoos.
- Enjoy the lactation ladoos as a nutritious snack.
Power Tips and Variations:
- Add a variety of nuts or add grated coconut or cacao for a twist in texture and flavor.
- The ladoos combine various nuts and seeds that contain galactagogues that stimulate milk production and are rich in essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, C, E, K, B6, zinc, and antioxidants, which are crucial for both the mother and baby.
- They are handy snacks rich in iron, calcium, and fiber that can be eaten on the go, providing a nutritious and satisfying option for busy nursing mothers.
The Ultimate Lactation Porridge by Our Breastfeeding Experts
- Heat 1 tbsp of A2 ghee in a pan.
- Add pearl and finger millet flour to the pan. Roast the flours until they turn nutty and release a fragrant aroma.
- Incorporate ginger powder into the roasted flour and mix thoroughly.
- Pour 2 cups of water into the pan and whisk continuously to avoid lumps.
- Add the organic jaggery powder to the mixture and mix well until it dissolves.
- Simmer the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens to a porridge-like consistency.
- In a small pan, heat the remaining A2 ghee.
- Add ajwain (carom seeds) and black pepper to the pan and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
- Add desiccated coconut to the pan with ajwain and black pepper, and stir briefly until lightly toasted.
- Pour the entire mixture from the pan into the porridge and mix well to combine the flavors.
- Serve the porridge hot.
Power tips and variations:
- Adjust the consistency of the porridge by adding more or less water, according to your preference.
- Enhance the flavor and nutritional value by incorporating nuts like sliced almonds and soaked pumpkin seeds, if these suit you.
- Consider adding fenugreek seeds, known for their potential to boost milk supply to the porridge for additional benefits.
- Bajra and ragi are excellent sources of iron and calcium which are important nutrients for postpartum women. Iron helps prevent iron deficiency anemia which is common during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Calcium supports the mother's bone health and contributes to developing the baby's bones and teeth.
- Ginger and ajwain have been used for centuries to aid digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort. They can help relieve common issues such as indigestion, bloating, and nausea that lactating mothers may experience.
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