Highlighting Flavor: Cinnamon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
This smoothie will get your day started right and it’s perfect for those busy mornings when you rush out the door. Just chop, blend, pour and go!
Drink Your Breakfast!
Long ago, well not THAT long ago, I was that scrawny kid who couldn’t get up in time to eat breakfast before school. At that time, my dad who was in charge of breakfast, would make us smoothies. I think he made them to help get us out the door faster and I always appreciated his thoughtful concoctions of fresh fruit, yogurt and milk. My only quarrel was when he would put a raw egg in the smoothie, which still gives me a gag reflex just thinking about it… Still, the guy meant well, he made sure we got our vitamins, minerals, protein and carbs all in one smooth drink that we could take to school without complaint.
Now as a grownup, some days I have to choose between breakfast and working out–while both are important– I don’t always have the time. Which is why, drawing on my father’s breakfast drinks from years ago, I came up with an egg-free version of my own!
If you’re on a strict diet you should know that this smoothie packs a significant amount of nutrients but the banana does add extra sugar and carbs. If you’re counting calories cut the banana in half or substitute it for an extra 1/3 cup of strawberries. (Taking the banana out will subtract 110 calories and cut your sugar intake by almost 80%.) I’ve taken the liberty of calculating the nutritional value of this smoothie below. With or without the banana, the amount of fiber and protein (10g) in this frothy and delicious drink will make for a great start to your day!
One more piece of advice before you start – You should always use regular rolled or steel cut oats and avoid anything with the word “instant” on the label. Stay away from oatmeal that has a “flavor”, which usually means it contains large amounts of sugar, artificial flavors and preservatives, among other things your body doesn’t need. This is why I add cinnamon to this smoothie, because it brings great taste without the extra sugar. Besides, the strawberries and banana are already sweet! Here’s a great post by Dietriffic that explains the Nasty Hidden Truths You Didn’t Know About Oats, if you want to learn more.
1 1/2 Cup almond milk (or any other milk you prefer)
1/4 Cup plain oatmeal (I prefer organic regular rolled oats – avoid instant)
1 whole medium banana, peeled
1/3 cup sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 TBSP almond butter
1 TBSP milled (ground) flax seed (organic if possible)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1. PLACE all the ingredients in a blender, starting with the milk.
2. BLEND on high for about 20 seconds until all the fruit and oats are broken down. It won’t be perfectly smooth, since the oats won’t break down all the way. But it will be thin enough to go through a straw!
3. POUR in your favorite cup and enjoy!
TOTAL ESTIMATED NUTRITIONAL VALUE (per serving, with banana):
Fat: 18.75 g
Carbohydrates: 55.5 g
Fiber: 11 g
Sugar: 22.3 g
Protein 10 g