Articles & Advice

Articles & Advice for expecting moms and after childbirth

Nutritious Recipes for Expecting Moms and Breastfeeding Mothers

Berry Smoothie

Makes 2 250-mL (1-cup) servings

FACT! Berries are high in fiber, which can help with constipation.

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a blender, combine Similac Mom and yogurt.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve chilled.

 

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Serving Size: 250 mL (1 cup)

  • Calories: 198
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 30 g
  • Total Fat: 3.0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 1.0 mg
  • Calcium: 304 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg
  • Sodium: 240 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 0 g

Berrynana

Makes 2 250-mL (1-cup) servings

Ingredients

  • 1 235-mL bottle chilled Vanilla Similac Mom
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) frozen whole raspberries, unsweetened
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) frozen whole strawberries, unsweetened
  • Small banana, sliced
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) sugar

 

Directions

  • In a blender, combine all ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and serve.

 

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Serving Size: 217 g

  • Calories: 188
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 34 g
  • Total Fat: 3 g
  • Calcium: 138 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg
  • Sodium: 120 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 3 g

Fuzzy Navel

Makes 1 11/2cup serving

Ingredients

  • 1 235-mL bottle chilled Vanilla Similac Mom
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) sliced peaches canned in heavy syrup, drained
  • 1 mL (1/4 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 1 mL (1/4 tsp) cinnamon
  • 2 drops yellow food colouring, optional

 

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Serving Size: 350 mL (1 1/2 cups)

  • Calories: 315
  • Protein: 13 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 56 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Calcium: 275 mg
  • Iron: 4 mg
  • Sodium: 250 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 3 g

Pancakes

Makes 12 10-cm (4-inch) pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 235-mL bottle Vanilla Similac Mom
  • 250 mL (1 cup) pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) melted butter
  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) water

 

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to moisten.
  • Pour batter onto hot, lightly-greased skillet. Turn when bubbles appear and underside of pancakes are golden brown.
  • Serve immediately with maple syrup, fresh fruit or fruit sauce.

Tip: Drop blueberries or banana slices in batter while cooking.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Serving Size: 1 pancake

  • Calories: 78
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 10 g
  • Total Fat: 2 g
  • Calcium: 59 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Sodium: 163 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 0 g

Ginger Carrot Soup

Makes 4 1-cup servings

Ingredients

  • 454 g (1 pound) baby carrots
  • 25 mL (1 1/2 tbsp) margarine
  • 250 mL (1 cup) chopped onion
  • 7 mL (1 1/2 tsp) chicken soup base
  • 2 235-mL bottles Vanilla Similac Mom
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) water
  • 7 mL (1 1/2 tsp) peeled and chopped ginger root
  • 3 mL (3/4 tsp) coriander
  • 2 mL (1/2 tsp) grated orange peel
  • 1 mL (1/4 tsp) ground black pepper

 

Directions

  • Boil carrots until tender. Drain.
  • Melt margarine in a medium pan. Add onion and chicken soup base. Sauté until onion is tender, but not brown.
  • Combine carrots, onion mixture, Similac Mom, water, ginger root, coriander, orange peel and pepper in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Heat to serving temperature. DO NOT BOIL.

Tip: Season to your taste.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Serving Size: 250 mL (1 cup)

  • Calories: 184
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 22 g
  • Total Fat: 9 g
  • Calcium: 57 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Sodium: 480 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 1 g

Banana Tiramisu

Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 100-g (3 1/2-ounce) package instant banana pudding
  • 1 235-mL bottle Vanilla Similac Mom
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) cold skim milk
  • 250 g (8 ounces) light cream cheese
  • 125 mL (1/2 cup) fat-free sour cream
  • 250 mL (1 cup) light whipped topping (Cool Whip® type)
  • 60 mL (1/4 cup) orange juice
  • 60 mL (1/4 cup) water
  • 16 ladyfingers
  • 15 g (1/2 ounce) dark chocolate shavings
  • 2 whole medium bananas, peeled and cut into thin slices

 

Directions

  • Pour dry pudding mix into a bowl. Add the Similac Mom and milk. Whisk by hand for 2 minutes or until mixture is thick and smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer for 1 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add sour cream and beat for 30 seconds. Reduce speed to low, pour in the pudding mixture, and mix until smooth. Fold in whipped topping and banana slices. (Reserve several slices of banana for a garnish).
  • Combine the orange juice and water in a small shallow bowl. Dip each ladyfinger in the juice mixture and arrange 8 ladyfingers in the bottom of a 20-cm (8-inch) square baking pan. Spread with half of the banana cream (about 500 mL [2 cups]). Repeat with remaining ladyfingers (dipped in juice) and banana cream. This dessert can also be assembled in individual stemmed glasses.
  • Sprinkle with the chocolate shavings, cover, and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
  • To serve, cut into 8 portions. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Tip: Arrange slices of banana on each serving and garnish with chocolate curls and fresh mint.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe (143 g)

  • Calories: 297
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 44 g
  • Total Fat: 10 g
  • Calcium: 144 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Sodium: 415 mg
  • Dietary Fibre: 1 g