Odd that today, a day that is a little grayer and cooler than the previous four days, I decided to make an ice cold smoothie for breakfast. Yesterday morning I woke up with damp hair it was so warm, but did I think to make a frosty beverage? Nooooo.
Of course it was warm when I went to bed last night and I’d been thinking about a smoothie all day, so it wasn’t going to matter what the weather was like today.
I had smoothie on the brain!
Specifically I was dreaming of a smoothie Bob Harper posted on his Facebook page yesterday. He uses cooked oatmeal. I’ve added dry oats to my mixes before but never cooked. I was intrigued.
I didn’t particularly feel like cooking a hot pot of oats last night though, so I opted for soaking a portion overnight for a similar effect. A little chia seeds helped things along. The resulting smoothie is thick and delicious…and more protein packed than my usual combinations.
Blueberries also had to join the party…the plain oatmeal smoothie would do the trick I’m sure, but why wouldn’t a little berry love be acceptable too?
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
yields 1 large meal-size serving
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 banana
- 3/4 scoop vanilla protein powder*
- 1/4 cup UVAB
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Prepare the night before: Stir rolled oats, chia seeds and 1/2 cup water together. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning: Add overnight oatmeal and all remaining ingredients to blender and blend on high 45-60 seconds, until smooth. Add more water to thin if necessary.
Nutritional stats according to MyFitnessPal:
287 calories, 6 grams fat, 41 grams carbs, 24 grams protein, 7 grams fiber.
* I use Kaizen Natural Whey Protein Powder (Vanilla Ice Cream flavour). One scoop is 29.4 grams for 115 calories.