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A Smoothie with Oatmeal, Raspberries, Blueberries and Chia Seeds: Breakfast in a Glass

Oatmeal Smoothie with Raspberries, Blueberries and Chia SeedsFruit and oats are favorites for breakfast and taste even better when blended into a delicious smoothie with Oatmeal, Raspberries, Blueberries and Chia seeds. And the good part is… the whole process only takes a few minutes from start to finish. If you enjoy making smoothies it’s a good idea to store a variety of fruits separately (in ziplock freezer bags) in your freezer, such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries and bananas. When blending, the frozen fruit helps thicken and chill the smoothie without the need for ice, which only dilutes the flavor. I also keep a bag of oats in the fridge, especially for smoothies, keeping everything really cold. Adding oats makes the smoothie more filling and perfect for anyone who wants to have an all-in-one type of breakfast.Oatmeal Smoothie with Raspberries, Blueberries and Chia SeedsThe wonderful thing about smoothies is you can use different fruits and other ingredients, like rice, soy and coconut milk, coconut water and tofu… to suit your taste and dietary requirements. You can also stir in other healthy energy boosters such as chia seeds, ground flax-seed or ground nuts. To sweeten or not to sweeten… a little honey or agave syrup is suffice. You can even go vegan with this lovely Peach Oatmeal Smoothie recipe over at the Minimalist Bakers blog or you might want to try this Avocado Smoothie with Cinnamon. Have a great start to your day and blend up a healthy satisfying smoothie for breakfast.

A Smoothie with Oatmeal, Raspberries, Blueberries and Chia Seeds

(Serves One)

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 100g greek yoghurt or other plain yoghurt (full-fat or low-fat)
  • 3 tablespoons of oats
  • 100g of frozen berries (mix of raspberries and blueberries)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

How to make:

  1. Place a serving glass into the freezer. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend on low-speed for a few seconds before increasing the speed to full power. Blend until ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Pour the smoothie into a chilled glass and serve immediately.

What fruit do you like in your smoothies and do you like to add any special extras?

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Healthy Avocado Smoothie with Cinnamon

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Using the blender to whip up a quick vitamin and mineral packed smoothie for breakfast or later in the day is a fast way of providing your body with food, sustaining energy levels and keeping hunger pangs at bay. Avocado are one of the super foods and we eat a fair amount in our family… I love their delicious buttery texture and slightly nutty flavor, the hass varieties with their knobbly skin are my favorite. We enjoy avocados in smoothies, salads, spreads, sandwiches and pâtés and of course who doesn’t love guacamole. Even if you are not an avocado fan, you can pamper your face with these wonderful home-made face masks… avocado’s are so good for your skin… inside and out. I don’t ever remember not liking avocados and as a child my first memory of eating them was when dining at hotel restaurants and choosing from the menu an Avocado half filled with Prawn Marie Rose which I always seemed to favor. Continue reading

Oat Porridge with Coconut Milk, Raspberries and Pistachios

PorridgeBreakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and sadly many of us opt for a large mug of coffee or tea, or nothing at all when rushing to work. I have noted my children (who work) do this on many occasions 😦  They are getting better and my nagging seems to be working… sometimes! Porridge is an easy breakfast dish to prepare and depending on which type of oats you use, this wholesome and nutritional dish can be made in minutes.

Large, medium and quick cooking oats are my preferred oats for making porridge and I keep steel-cut oats for my brown bread recipes.  According to Harold McGee, his paragraph (Food and Cooking page 471) on the processing of oats, he writes; “The whole groats are then processed into various shapes, all of which  have the same nutritional value”. Good to know. Continue reading

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