For those of you out there who’ve ever had a baby — you know the hunger you experience postpartum is REAL.
But so is the struggle in figuring out what to eat. Especially when you’re sleep deprived, nursing 24/7 and living in perpetual brain fog for the first few
days weeks. Ain’t NOBODY got any extra time to be spending in the kitchen.
And if you’re able to figure out a few easy ways to take care of both, they will take care of you, and you’ll feel more like yourself. Now I don’t about you, but when I feel better physically and mentally, I feel empowered to be a more patient, kind, generous and loving person to everyone around me, especially my baby girl.
Enter in these No-Bake Postpartum Monster Cookie Dough Balls. Not only are they super easy to make and work brilliantly as a quick snack or meal in between all those newborn feeds, but they’re made up of key nutrients to help balance your hormones and boost your milk supply. Basically, they’ll help you to feel good, so you can fully enjoy this super special time in your life.
How, exactly? Let’s quickly break down the science behind how the ingredients work to balance hormones postpartum.
***Even if you’re not postpartum, you can still enjoy these cookie dough balls as a satiating snack or tasty treat that will keep blood sugar + hormones stabilized (case in point, my husband, toddler and I all enjoy them regularly!)
Oats are rich in iron, which many women are depleted in due to the loss of blood when giving birth. Maternal anemia (i.e. low iron levels) can decrease your milk supply, so this is an excellent food to add to your diet, if you can tolerate grains well. They also contain other trace minerals like manganese, selenium and copper which support the thyroid gland (low-thyroid function is also common post birth).
Nut butters are rich in healthy fats, and hormones are produced from fat and cholesterol, which means consumption of adequate amounts of the right kinds of dietary fat is crucial for achieving great hormonal health (i.e. you can’t create something without the necessary building materials).
They also provide you with a slow-burning source of energy and provide satiation to keep you fuller longer. For this recipe, I like to use MaraNatha’s Creamy Organic Peanut Butter, as peanuts are rich in zinc, an essential trace mineral required for lactation.
Flaxseeds are high in fiber that support colon detoxification. Constipation is a common side effect during and post-pregnancy, which can cause buildup of toxins and excess estrogen to be circulated back into the blood stream. Estrogen dominance can cause many unwanted symptoms, such as mood swings, insomnia, irritability, depression, brain fog, fatigue, headaches, etc. so it’s important to balance out levels through supporting optimal digestion and elimination.
They’re also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have a ton of anti-inflammatory effects and are a crucial component of mental clarity and brain health.
Collagen is a protein rich in amino acids (arginine, glutamine, glycine and proline) that help us produce healthy levels of hormones. These hormones support healthy thyroid function (critical postpartum) and work to offset any cortisol (stress hormone) imbalances.
Collagen can also help heal gut issues (such as intestinal permeability) and is extremely liver supportive, helping your liver to process toxins and xenoestrogens that can lead to hormone imbalances, specifically in the form of estrogen dominance.
My favorite collagen brand is Bulletproof, which is not only flavorless and odorless (making it super seamless to add to recipes, drinks, etc.) and is sourced from pasture-raised cows without any added hormones.
Dark chocolate is not only delicious, but rich in magnesium, a mineral required for over 300 enzyme reactions in the body (including sleep, muscle cramping, headaches, digestion and blood sugar). Magnesium is a building block of your “happy hormone” serotonin, which is crucial for calming the brain and promoting relaxation. Ensuring you get enough magnesium in your diet postpartum can help with preeclampsia, cramping, insomnia, mood swings and headaches.
So there you have it, a few of the many reasons why these No-Bake Monster Cookie Dough Balls need to be in your life post-baby.
And if you’re not pregnant, giving birth, or ever plan on being pregnant have no fear, you don’t have to be to enjoy this snack. They’re delicious and healthy enough for anyone to enjoy, including my hubby, who’s snuck MORE than his fair share ;).
These easy + delicious no-bake monster cookie dough balls will work to satiate hunger, boost milk production + heal hormones postpartum.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: snack, dessert, treat
I’m honored to support you on your journey to optimal hormone health + happiness. Thanks for being here babe.