I’m really excited to be joining Beth here on Nutrition Savvy Moms as we do our best to share savvy tips for moms interested in helping their kids be as healthy as can be. But we, as moms, have to remember to take care of ourselves, too. If you’re like me, I often put my kids and family first and forget to slow down and take care of me, too. Since my last (in every sense of the word!) baby boy was born, just seven months ago, I’ve battled postpartum depression and anxiety. It’s not easy and it’s been very rough at times. It was easy, and sometimes still is, for me to neglect my own health and nutrition while trying to be Supermom, or just trying to make it out of the bed in the mornings. Fortunately, I have a wonderful husband and lots of friends and family to support and encourage me.
One of the things my husband did, when I didn’t feel like eating or getting out of bed, was to start making me smoothies that were chock full of whole-food nutrition. In fact, we just came across this recipe over at Young and Raw and said, “Hey!! That’s our smoothie!” Seriously, this is almost identical to the recipe we’ve been using that’s helped me get the nutrition I need while continuing to get back into balance after baby number three. We don’t add the vanilla bean/extract, but the protein powder we use comes in chocolate and vanilla and is most delicious.
This is close to my heart. Our brains are part of our bodies and they can get sick, too. Postpartum, depression, anxiety…they’re no different than other infections, viruses, diseases that can attack other parts of the body. And like most of those things, preventive steps like getting great nutrition will go a long way toward giving your body what it needs to heal itself. Listen to your doctors, follow their instructions, but give yourself a shot by getting great nutrition into your body. Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think!
The symptoms of depression range from mild to very serious, and while this recipe isn’t a solution that’s intended to replace other forms of treatment, we’re finding more and more information that supports having a healthy diet to combat symptoms of feeling blue. Nature has provided foods that naturally trigger happy chemicals in our brain; think chocolate or different forms of blue-green algae for their PEA content, or bananas which contain tryptophan and can trigger serotonin production in the brain (and in the tummy) which of course, results in feeling happier.
- 1-2 Frozen or fresh bananas (frozen makes them creamier and more like an ice cream treat)
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. almond butter
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds or hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. flax seeds or flax oil
- 1 pinch vanilla bean or tsp. of vanilla extract
- 1 scoop Complete protein powder
- 1 cup almond, coconut or hemp milk
Instructions: Peel your bananas before freezing them or blending them fresh. Blend your ingredients together on high until smooth and enjoy!