Sometimes fruit-based smoothies alone can leave one feeling wanting. This oatmeal-based breakfast smoothie is sure to tide you over until lunchtime, if not well after!
The Problem: As summer fruits continue to become less available and winter has you reaching for the apple-cider donuts, finding healthy, yet filling breakfast options can become a great challenge.
The Solution: Incorporating other sources of protein and fiber into breakfast smoothies helps lengthen the sensation of feeling full. Yogurt, apples and oat protein more than accomplish this. In addition, dates and maple syrup help stabilize blood sugar and prevent a sharp drop that comes from eating large amounts of carbs, which in turn prevents mid-morning snacking. On the spice front, cinnamon and turmeric, in addition to providing warming sensations, are known for helping to alleviate inflammation, help with weight management and keep winter blues at bay!
Oatmeal Cinnamon Turmeric Smoothie
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup filtered water
1/3 cup greek yogurt or yogurt of your choice (optional)
1/2 cup milk of your choice (dairy, almond or coconut )
1 apple, cored and chopped
1 fresh date, pitted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
pinch of nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1 fresh vanilla bean, seeded, if available, or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
4-7 ice cubes, as desired
Cook oats according to your desired method. Set aside and let cool. In a powerful blender, add milk and yogurt of your choice, cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, apple, date, maple syrup, water, ice cubes (if desired) and the cooked oats. Blend on high until smooth. Pulse if necessary to fully incorporate oats. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top or drizzle a little more maple syrup for presentation and enjoy!