Friday, October 19, 2012

Day 19: Fruits & Vegetables {31 Days of Making More Milk}

We've covered protein and the good fats, now lets fill in the blanks with fruits and veggies! This list is from a variety of sources, but mainly three great books: Mother Food by Hilary Jacobson, Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck, and The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk by Lisa Marasco and Dana West. 

Luckily, these fruits and veg are yummy and easily accessible - you're not having to come up with any crazy recipes or complicated cooking methods. Because we don't have time for that, right?

Always eat cooked vegetables with a bit of fat, like butter, coconut oil, or extra-virgin olive oil. This helps your body assimilate the nutrients. If your baby's tummy appears to be upset, lay off the raw veggies and eat them lightly cooked.
Fennel (raw or cooked)
Green beans
Leafy greens, raw and cooked
Naturally fermented/cultured vegetables made w/sea salt, not vinegar: Sauerkraut, Kimchi, Pickles, and Chutneys. (Bubbies is a good brand. Eat a small amount with 1+ meal per day.)
Yam or Sweet Potato

Apricots and other stone fruits (if dried, preferably unsulphured)
Coconut, including water and the full-fat milk (look for milk without guar gum or stabilizers. You can also buy creamed or unsweetened flaked coconut and make your own coconut milk for way less.)

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This is the nineteenth post in the series 31 Days of Making More Milk. Read yesterday's post for a delicious coconut recipe or start from the beginning here.  

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