Start your day with an energized HEY (Healthy, Easy, Yummy) breakfast bowl! As expecting or new moms, we often struggle to eat well due to lack of time or energy to make ourselves a nourishing meal. We get that. That is why we love crafting quick recipes that also nourish and replenish.
With rising temperatures we have been craving cold breakfast bowls and smoothies lately. Although we recommend new mothers to stay on warm & soupy diets for first 2-3 weeks postpartum, overnight chilled breakfast bowls is a super choice during pregnancy and after those initial few weeks postpartum. They are easy to make, packed with nutrition and are super yummy.
We used Freshly Moms Hot Cereal to make these bowls, which packs a punch of the best superfoods for expecting and new mothers and contains a healthy dose of protein, fiber and vitamins, even before you start adding the milk and toppings. The main super ingredient at work in this grain free cereal here is the puffed water lily seed which is a good source of protein, calcium and antioxidants and has a mellow sweet taste. We have added chia seeds, almonds, cashews, dates and other seeds for a well rounded nutritional profile and a delectable taste. Try making one today!
Pregnancy Bowl with Pomegranate and Pistachios
Pomegranate is a great source of vitamins and minerals like Potassium, Vitamin C, Folate and Fiber. It is also rich in antioxidants and research has shown it may even prevent preeclampsia during pregnancy. For this recipe we used dried pomegranate powder which also adds a sweet tart flavor to the bowl which tastes like summer 🌞.
Bananas are equally beneficial for pregnancy with their iron, potassium and folate content. They are also a great source of carbohydrates for clean energy and help in maintaining healthy digestion. Oranges add a super fresh flavor and a healthy sprinkle of vitamins C to this super breakfast.
While eating nuts is generally recommended during pregnancy, Pistachios are a particularly great addition to pregnancy diet with their high protein, iron, potassium, folate and 'healthy fats' content. And they pair so well with pomegranate and oranges!
- 1 pack of Freshly Moms Hot Cereal
- 1 cup whole milk, or alternative (coconut milk tastes great with this recipe)
- 2 tsp pomegranate powder or ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds
- Sliced banana
- Orange slices
- Honey or maple syrup to drizzle (optional)
- Boil the milk in a deep pan, and empty the pack of Hot Cereal in it. Cook for 3-5 minutes and remove from heat.
- After the cereal has cooled down, put it in a container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
- In the morning, mix the pomegranate powder in the cereal and scoop the cold cereal in a bowl.
- Add more milk, if desired, for consistency. Top with oranges, bananas and pistachios and drizzle a little bit of honey or maple syrup.
Postpartum Bowl with Turmeric and Coconut
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and an immunity booster which makes it a vital ingredient in a new mother's diet. For nursing mothers, it's anti-inflammatory benefits also help in preventing clogged milk ducts and tissue soreness. You may also use 2 tsp of Golden Milk Mix instead of plain turmeric powder for and added ginger and cardamom zing.
Blueberries are one of the richest source of antioxidants which helps protect a mother's body cells against damage and distress. They may also help in maintaining brain function and improve memory. Apples are not only rich in many vitamins and minerals, but also provide fiber and clean energy to new moms. They add a crispy freshness to the cereal too.
Coconut flakes are a great source of healthy fats like lauric acid which make their way to breast-milk through a mother's diet. Lauric acid gives the milk its infection-fighting superpowers and coconut is one of the only few sources of lauric acid.
Freshly Moms Lactation Granola is made with 100% organic ingredients that have been traditionally used to boost milk supply, while also nourishing the mother & the baby. It also tastes amazing!
- Boil the milk in a deep pan, and empty the pack of Hot Cereal in it. Add turmeric powder and cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- After the cereal has cooled down, put it in a container and
refrigerate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
- In the morning, scoop the cold cereal in a bowl. Add more milk, if desired, for consistency.
- Top with blueberries, apples and coconut flakes. Add some lactation granola if desired.
Another great thing about these breakfast bowls is that you can use whatever fruits you have available to make it, and it will still be a super breakfast. Some other fruits recommended during pregnancy are apricots, pear, mango, guava and grapes. For breastfeeding moms, some other great toppings are cranberries, papaya, kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, macadamia nuts and walnuts.
We love to see what's your favorite bowl. Tag us on Instagram or Facebook @freshlymoms and your recipe may get featured on our page!
Hot Cereal - Grain Free Nutrition
Puffed water lily seeds have been used for hundreds of years in perinatal care in many cultures. We sourced the finest nuts and seeds along with the water lily seeds and dry toast them to make this hot cereal, which is a nutritional powerhouse for both pregnant and new mothers.
Nourishing Lactation Granola
Our team of nutritionists and experts have crafted this nourishing granola which is full of lactation promoting ingredients that have been used for hundreds of years to support healthy lactation while also nourishing the mother and the baby.
Golden Milk for Motherhood
Golden Milk is a nourishing coffee alternative for new (and seasoned) moms.
This delicious infusion of high curcumin turmeric, ashwagandha and ginger makes a bright soothing cup of golden milk that will calm you down and fuel you with clean energy at the same time.
Posted by Shruti Mishra
Shruti is the founder of Freshly Moms. She is a graduate from Natural Gourmet Institute, NY and a certified IIN Nutritionist. She has been working with food & nutrition since 8 years and is also a fresh mom herself.