Getting in shape and having energy after baby

Getting back in shape after Ezra was born has been tough. After Bodhi I walked a lot. I basically survived the evening “witching hours” every day with a two hour walk while baby-wearing, so the pounds melted off really fast. No joke. This time, not so much.

Ezra’s “witching hour” was minor at worst. He would sleep peacefully in the swing while I made dinner or was content in the carrier while I cooked and I didn’t have to move the entire time like I did with B. While it’s such a blessing not to have a fussy baby, it means I wasn’t forced to get moving every single day.

And with two bad sleepers, I didn’t really have the energy I needed to make it through the day with either guy. I knew mid-winter that I would need to make some big changes in my diet to ensure I was eating options that would give me the energy I needed to be a happy and energetic mama to my boys and wife to my husband.

Getting in shape and having energy after baby

My husband and I invested in a high-powered blender in January and it’s been life changing. I make smoothies or whole fruit and vegetable juices (with the fiber) every single day and fill them with fruits, vegetables and Silk Original Soymilk which offers 8 grams of heart-healthy, plant-powered protein, perfect for a busy nursing mama trying to get back in shape.

Getting in shape and having energy after baby

No other dairy-free milk brand gives you more protein! Both my husband and I try to start our day with a big green smoothie and I add in another late in the day when I need a little energy boost.

Getting in shape and having energy after baby

I’m not looking for perfection, but improving my diet has had a huge impact on my energy levels which make it so much easier to be patient, kind, compassionate and energetic enough to play with my kids.

This change plus light running is slowly making all the difference for me.

Getting in shape and having energy after baby

My favorite green smoothie recipe


  • 8 ounces of Silk Original Soymilk (I sometimes swap and do four ounces of Soymilk and four ounces of water)
  • 1 banana (peeled)
  • 1 orange (peeled)
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 handful of spinach (I make them very large handfuls)
  • 8 frozen strawberries


  1. Place the ingredients in your high-powered blender in the order above
  2. Run on the smoothie setting
  3. Enjoy!

This is such an easy and delicious smoothie. The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating delicious and healthy options and I love trying new things everyday when it comes to our blender. Silk Soymilk is a great source of protein, has no cholesterol, is low in saturated fat and tastes delicious. It’s the perfect creamy addition to your smoothie.

Photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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