Who invented smoothies? I want to thank that person. I find smoothies to be not just delicious and filling, but also very accessible. You can doctor your smoothie anyway you see fit for your own dietary needs. And right now? Mine is protein and calcium.
Usually I make my smoothies with a nut milk and add banana to make my flavor du jour creamy and sweet. But I just spent over 5 months not being able to eat bananas (pregnant stomach couldn’t handle it) so I fell back on a tried and true ingredient. Yogurt.
I tended to shy away from yogurt based smoothies bc of the sugar content. This was my idea of eating to lose weight. Cut sugar. But oh did I miss out.
This is my recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal smoothie. Of course, this can be made with your preferred fruit. For example, I make a version of this with peaches or mangoes or a combination. No blueberries though (ew!).
Again, I apologize for not being exacting with measurements but, this should all be tailored to your tastes anyway.
You will need:
- Vanilla yogurt
- Frozen unsweetened strawberries
- Fruit Juice – I use Orange Pineapple
- Uncooked oatmeal – old fashioned works best
- Honey (optional)
And as always. I am cooking disabled-ly, even when smoothie making. I don’t use an average size blender. I use my nutribullet or a travel cup blender. This way I don’t have to worry about pouring anything and making a mess.
Here’s what you do:
- In a clean blender, add about 6 ounces of frozen strawberries. If they are whole, just go with about 2 handfuls. If they are sliced, 1 handful is fine.
- Add about a cup of yogurt. Adjust this based on the desired consistency and sweetness level.
- Add a handful of oatmeal. This will help thicken but also add some extra nutritional value (gotta get that fiber! And oatmeal is good for breastmilk production).
- Add a half cup of fruit juice to sweeten.
- Now blend or pulse for a minute or two. Get everything good and mixed.
- Then slowly add milk to help loosen the smoothie to your desired texture.
- Blend or pulse for a few more minutes.
You can keep this in the refrigerator for up to 24hrs. Or just freeze it for later.
That’s all there is to it. I love this smoothie for a quick late night snack, or a quick breakfast or snack. It’s that versatile.
When I need that extra boost I will add dark leafy greens, such as kale. But for now, I just want to drink my fruit.
Hot (actually cold) tip: Prepare this the night before as if you were making “overnight oatmeal” and then blend in the morning!
Of course if you try this recipe at home, let me know!