Delicious, Nutritious Sesame Seed Smoothie Helps Increase Breast Milk Supply
Sesame seeds are a lactogenic food, meaning they help to increase breast milk production. They are also high in calcium and healthy polyunsaturated fat, making them very nutritious besides being delicious. We’ve used them in my family for years to help with breast milk supply, and I have to say, its one of my favorite drinks anyway! It’s just an added bonus that it has all the health benefits and makes me have much more milk coming in, which allows for me to be able to pump and store the breast milk for later use. My mother and I have tried many different variations of this sesame seed smoothie, with water, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, you name it, but this version is our favorite. It’s a big hit with my husband and sisters as well, we buy the seeds in bulk at Whole Foods because even though it’s technically to help me with my breast milk production, everybody guzzles it up!
Sesame Seed Smoothie:
You will need:
- Sesame Seeds, any kind is fine, but we prefer organic, raw and unshelled. White sesame seeds are more easily available and very cheap if bought in bulk, but the black ones are great too.
- The milk of your choice, we prefer almond milk, but this will work with just water, coconut milk, soymilk, cow’s milk or even goat milk. Unsweetened Almond milk, almonds are also lactogenic, and coconut milk, or plain water, are the best choices in this case if you really want this to help increase your breast milk supply!
- The sweetener of your choice, again, to keep this nutritious, we recommend coconut sugar, honey, or non-bitter stevia.
- Cinnamon, vanilla extract, ice. I will let you know this is a thick smoothie and depending on your blender you may have smaller or larger bits of seed in there. We have a basic Oster blender, but if you have a Ninja or other nicer ones, the seeds will be pulverized better. You may also use a coffee grinder to get the seeds pulverized before mixing them into the smoothie. I personally don’t mind chewing my smoothie if I have too, don’t mind pulp, but if you prefer no pulp, have a colander ready.
Ok, so now that we have all the explanations out of the way, here’s the recipe!
2 heaping tablespoons sesame seeds
10 oz almond milk
1 teaspoon coconut sugar, to taste
2-3 drops of vanilla extract
6 ice cubes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Blend it all together till smooth. Serve in a large, tall glass. Sprinkle some cinnamon for garnish, and enjoy!