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The Baby Shake

The Baby Shake Nutritional Drink Recipe.

Blend Together:

  • 1/2 - 1 cup fresh apple juice (Pasteurized)
  • 1 frozen banana or other fruit
  • 1/2 - 1 cup yogurt
  • Protein Powder or nuts
    (e.g. Nutriharmony MRP)
  • 1/2 - 1 cup low-fat milk or milk substitute (Enriched rice/almond/soy milk)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses (B vitamins)
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon wheat germ (B vitamins)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 - 1 1/3 teaspoon kelp (minerals)

This can be adapted to your individual preferences for texture and flavor. If something in the drink doesn't appeal, leave it out and try something else. Other fruits (try them frozen) or juices can be used, or just blend milk and any frozen fruit as a base. Adding nuts is a great way to get protein and important fatty acids - soft nuts like macadamias and walnuts grind into a smooth texture. Almonds add a little crunch or a thicker texture, and offer a lot of nutrition like calcium. Ice cream or sorbet may also be used for extra calories. Adding water or ice will make it more dilute, which some women may prefer.

Flavorings (e.g. vanilla or almond), protein powder, and/or coconut can also be added if desired. Liquid meals, especially those with protein, can decrease nausea more than solids, and they may be easier to keep down. Make the shake (or smoothie) as simple or complex as you want. It's a great way to get much-needed vitamins and minerals. Try it postpartum, too, to ensure you get the added calories and nutrients you need for breastfeeding and recovery.

Updated on: Apr. 18, 2013

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