May 9, 2013

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie—a power-packed hearty drink


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

Ingredients
Serves 2-3
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
Directions

Place milk at the bottom of the blender and top up with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

Serve immediately.

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.


24 comments:

  1. Hi Nashi, A huge fan of your pics. Your pictures inspire me big time. :-) and that's a great looking smoothie..:-)

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  2. Felt like going through a beautiful picture book spinning so many stories around it. Oats has been a part of my everyday diet almost and I kinda have started loving it one way or the other :)

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  3. such beautiful pictures... yes, i know dubai has had some dubious days which i've never witnessed in my whole life over here... the smoothie looks delicious...

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  4. that looks beautiful and your smoothie can make a day.

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  5. Beautiful!!! A smoothie can't get any healthier than this. The pictures, as usual, are to die for :)

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  6. Delicious and healthy smoothie!and wonderful pictures as always!!!!now you should start giving photography tips or start a photography blog :)

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  7. lovely smoothie to start your day with

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  8. Looks absolutely delish! Drooling over here! :)

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  9. Wow - so many pictures.... I also make something similar...except the cinnamon...thats a nice touch - will try it next time I make it :)

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  10. Gorgeous pics as ever! ;)

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  11. Wow, this is so good, love the power packed drink, also all the power packed visuals.

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  12. A wonderful smoothie. I love the add of oatmeal.

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  13. this luks really yumm n tempting..

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  14. where do u get flax seeds in doha? also are flax seeds the same as sesame seeds?
    sorry with the lots of questions...

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    1. Nope, flax and sesame are different seeds though they do appear to look like the same :) I bought flax from GNC at The Mall. You can also try MegaMart at Barwa Village, Wakra

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  15. It really is the season for smoothies! I just blogged about a strawberry and beetroot smoothie :) But of course I cringe when I see your gorgeous pictures and my hurriedly-clicked awful ones! Sigh... what to do? God does not make everyone equal! :D

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  17. So healthy and delicious! A wonderful smoothie. Lovely clicks.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  18. Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits to throw in smoothies, they make everything a little tastier!

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  19. I love adding oatmeal in my smoothies. Adds so much more texture and healthy benefits. Your styling and photos are an absolute treat!!

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  20. my my ! ur pics make me breathless ! amazing !

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  21. Gorgeous photos! Do you mind if I ask what camera you used? I'm looking to buy a new one so I'm trying to get some ideas :) Thanks, Niki x

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  22. wowwwwwwww stunning clcik no idea how I missed ur blog awesome collection,first time to ur space nice to know u

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  23. wowwwwwwww stunning click no idea how I misses ur site till now loving the design first time to ur space nice to know u Nashi :)

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A million thank you's for stopping by, taking the time to connect, and coming back to visit again. I genuinely appreciate each of your kind thoughts, lovely words, love and support. Happy, happy to hear from you, and hope to see you again!

♥ Nashi