Despite all my efforts to vary my morning eating routine, the only breakfast I really like is fruit and yogurt. These Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Cups are my go-to breakfast most days of the week.
But even creatures of habit need a change every now and then so I started working on a slight variation of my favorite foods and created this Strawberry Oat Smoothie. It has made a strong showing as of late, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Why This Smoothie Makes a Great Breakfast
Here are 10 reasons why it makes the cut for me:
- It’s quick.
- It’s easy.
- It’s healthy.
- I always have the ingredients in my freezer and pantry.
- It’s free from added sugar.
- It’s got my yogurt and fruit requirements.
- I can drink breakfast in the car.
- It’s filling.
- It’s soooo fruity and refreshing.
- I can make little packets of the ingredients and keep them in the freezer.
- BONUS (Number 11!): It makes me think of summer and sunny days, even when it’s gray outside.
WHAT ARE THE BEST OATS FOR SMOOTHIES
Oatmeal makes this smoothie very filling because it contains a lot of fiber (soluble and insoluble), and then there’s the bonus of the minerals in the oats.
Uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats give you the best texture in this smoothie, but if you don’t mind a coarser texture you could use steel-cut oats. Quick-cooking oats are fine too, but make sure they don’t have any additives. Oats, along with frozen fruit, make this smoothie extra thick, too.
DAIRY VS NONDAIRY SMOOTHIES
Since I have no problem with dairy, I make this smoothie with yogurt, but you could substitute almond milk for the yogurt if you want to avoid it.
Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to replicate the tanginess of the yogurt if your smoothie isn’t tart enough for your taste. You could also use any other non-dairy milk or yogurt interchangeably here.
THE BEST WAY TO SWEETEN AND FLAVOR YOUR SMOOTHIE
Everyone has their own particular tastes (mine are pretty simple, don’t judge) which makes smoothies a great breakfast option. Each person can adapt the recipe to suit his or her style.
- A few slices of bananas add sweetness and help create a creamy texture.
- Add a spoonful of honey or agave if you like it extra sweet.
- Start sweet by adding sweetened nut milk or yogurt.
- Boost the flavor with a little pure almond extract — a little goes a long way.
- Add a few drops of vanilla extract.
- Boost the protein power by adding a tablespoon of almond butter.
MORE GREAT SMOOTHIE RECIPES
Strawberry Almond Oat Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek, any fat percentage)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
- 1/2 medium banana, fresh or frozen, sliced
- 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)
1 Combine the ingredients: In a blender, combine the oats, strawberries, yogurt, almond milk, banana, and almond extract.
2 Puree the smoothie: Starting on low speed, puree the ingredients. Turn the blender on high and continue to puree until smooth. Serve right away.
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