We had a couple of exquisitely wet days since the earthquake tremor in mid-April. Beautifully wet days filled with blustery breezes and billowy clouds and early-summer drizzle. The kind that caught everyone off guard.
It was followed by thunder, lighting, hailstorm and—scandalously pouring rain. Yes, it was pouring in summer!
Somehow, someway, I feel refreshed and alive after the rain, with thoughts overflowing with inspiration. After a month-long silence, there is quite some catching up to do and so many beautiful details to tell you.
Where do I begin? Perhaps with this recipe that has been sitting in my draft for a little while now.
As you know, I’m quite a fan of smoothies.
With the onset of summer and dashing out the door to catch up with the busyness of mornings, I’ve been relying heavily on blended breakfast on the go.
Nourishing, energy-boosting breakfast smoothies that pack a punch and keeps me satisfied until lunch hour.
And this one is brimming with the goodness of berries, banana, oats, nuts and seeds. Blended together with skim milk and a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.
Tastes like a nutty, hearty, berry oatmeal. Chilled oatmeal drink. Now who can resist!??
Oats, peanut butter and flax seeds provide protein, and when combined with the potassium, carbs, fiber and natural sugar of banana, they give the strength to carry through a hectic morning schedule.
Flaxseed also know as linseed is loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, vitamin B1 and minerals—manganese, copper, phosphorous.
Peanut butter provides heart-healthy fats as well as proteins.
Oats are a significant source of dietary fiber and they make you feel fuller for longer helping with weight management goals.
Blueberries pack a nutritional wallop. They have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests that blueberries, just like strawberries, can help lower the risk of memory loss and boost brainpower. There’s more—blueberries are said to help reduce belly fat! Now you know why I’m huge on these tiny purple berries. I whizz them into smoothies, snack them with skim yoghurt, mix them into salads, and toss them into my cake batter. Keep in mind that organic or wild varieties have twice the antioxidant capacity than cultivates varieties.
Besides, ingredients like blueberry, oats and cinnamon help in lowering cholesterol levels.
I like my smoothies thick. The frozen banana and ice will keep the smoothie satisfying thick without adding calories. Remember to peel and slice banana before freezing in a sealed plastic bag. If thick smoothies are not your thing, use more milk.
Strawberries can be substituted for the blueberries. Also, try using almond butter and almond milk instead of peanut butter and regular milk.
Ready to kick-start you day with super healthy, energy boosting breakfast deliciousness? Then, here we go!
Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Prep: 5 min
1 large frozen banana, sliced
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, (preferably wild blueberries)
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup skim milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
1 cup ice
sugar, to taste
Place milk at the bottom of the blender and top up with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Great for breakfast on the go or refueling after a workout.
Blame it on the overcast skies in summer, but lately have been much drawn to the charming beauty of blossoming roses and cannot help but stop by at the florists to pick up a bunch of lovely blooms. And so the overflow of roses.
Hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend, and that it is beautiful where you are.