Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Oatmeal as a Smoothie? Thats Right!

Oatmeal Smoothie/ Avena Something that Americans have been missing out on for a long time, is how to turn what so many think of as a boring breakfast food into an easy, tasty portable smoothie. When I lived in Colombia, one of my favorite breakfasts and snacks was Avena (Pronounced Avehna. The latin name for oat is actual avena sativa). It is a super common drink made from blended oatmeal, milk, cinnamon and sugar. I make mine with a banana and no sugar is needed. People make it at home, but it is also sold in yogurt sized containers in the store, with a straw. I survived on Avena during my pregnancy with Zsuly, as it was easy on the stomach and a quick filler when I was hungry and nausea was up. 

Whats the Deal With Oats? Why Are They so Healthy? 
I'm sure we have all heard of the health benefits of oats. According to medicalnewstoday.com oats can lower the risk of heart disease, blood pressure and colorectal cancer. The Whole Grains Council lists oats to have the ability to reduce asthma in children, type 2 diabetes, improve immune defenses  and help control appetite.  They are full of dietary fiber, as well as a number of minerals: magnesium, selenium, phosphorous, zinc, manganese, and vitamin E. Here is a label I found online for the nutrition facts of rolled oats.

Blend It Up

So whether it is left over oatmeal, because if your like me you always make too big a pot, or you make it fresh in the morning. Blend up this tasty oatmeal drink, serve it warm or cold. Can be stored in the fridge. (please note that due to the banana, if stored, discoloration will occur)

Ingredients ~ makes 2 8 oz servings

  • Cook quick or rolled oats as directed on package to make 1 1/4 cups cooked oatmeal 
  • 2 cups milk (Use cow's milk or almond, soy etc. Heat milk first if you want a warm drink.)
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • sprinkle of brown sugar
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. You can sprinkle a tad of brown sugar on top for a little indulgence if you choose. 

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