Get ready for your new favorite, super easy breakfast smoothie recipe – Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie!
The green smoothie phenomenon has been around for awhile. It was kind of mind-blowing that spinach didn’t taste terrible in a blended drink and it was SO good for you, right?
Well, here’s another mind-blowing smoothie fact (at least for me…ha!)… did you know that you can add oats to a breakfast smoothie?!
Okay, okay. I might be not up with the times and maybe you all knew about this but, whatevs. I had no clue. Seriously 1/2 cup of dry rolled oats has 5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.
Adding that to some fruit and skim milk just about doubles the protein and fiber. Awesome, right?! The oats make the smoothie a little more rich and creamy. A definite must try. I really like the added thickness.
Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
My strawberry oatmeal smoothie recipe goes back a ways; as in, all the way back to when I was first getting started. Sure, the glow of nostalgia feels pretty good because I take pride in how much work has gone into Yummy Healthy Easy.
But, on the other hand… Looking at it now, I realize how much more I can say about strawberry oatmeal smoothies!
Starting out fresh with strawberry oatmeal smoothies
I may be used to the idea of oatmeal in a smoothie now. I certainly love the way the oatmeal actually makes a smoothie more smooth. But I am surprised to learn a few new things about why oatmeal smoothies rock so hard.
So time to start fresh, and add some info to update my strawberry oatmeal smoothie recipe!
Oatmeal smoothies for pregnant women
For example, I learned recently that pregnant women love oatmeal smoothies. Go figure! Apparently since the days of old when knights were bold, oatmeal has been an old school popular remedy for increasing and aiding lactation.
Ok, that sounds wonderful, but I had to dig in for more info. I wanted to know it that was just an old midwives tale or if there is actually some truth to it.
While I couldn’t find anything but anecdotal advice and lots of comments to the affirmative, I did find some great information. On the Mayo clinic website, oatmeal is one of the foods recommended for pregnant women.
Also, the La Leche League, which leads the way on promoting healthy breastfeeding habits and nutrition, oatmeal is recommended.
Does it increase milk supply? Not necessarily. But that has more to do with the individual’s total health, diet, and exercise. However, oatmeal definitely has a ton of iron in it. Iron is really good for pregnancy and post pregnancy!
Another benefit of oatmeal smoothies for pregnant and new moms? They are easy to make flavor and scent neutral. So, a pregnant woman who smells a banana and instantly wants to barf can leave the bananas out. No worries!
She will still be able to get the iron she needs from the oatmeal!
Oatmeal smoothies with strawberries are sweet, but not too sweet
That brings me to strawberries. Let’s talk strawberries.
Sweet and delicious. Yes. However, strawberries are an amazing source of vitamin C too. They also have manganese and solid amounts of folate vitamin B9, as well as potassium.
Those super sized prenatal vitamins that pregnant women take? Those pills are full of all these minerals and vitamins.
The prenatals are great for pregnancy and after delivering, too. So doesn’t getting them from an oatmeal strawberry smoothie sound a lot more fun? Sure, you still have to take the prenatals, but having an oatmeal smoothie still feels and tastes better regardless.
Another benefit: strawberries are actually relatively low in carbs and sugars, while being high in fiber, and super rich in antioxidants. So, not only are strawberries good, they also will not spike blood sugar.
Spikes in blood sugar not only are an issue for diabetics, but pregnant women as well!
Speaking of sugar…
In this recipe, I suggest using Truvia or Agave Nectar. However, I would add now a few things about the added sugar. First, you don’t necessarily need it if you find the strawberries and bananas add enough sweetness.
If you are diabetic, and want extra sweet, then Truvia or Splenda is the way to go. Agave syrup is primarily fructose, so it is sometimes recommended for diabetics as well since it is low in glucose.
However, now doctors say very high fructose products like agave syrup should be used sparingly. This is because they can only be processed by the liver and can impair liver function if used too frequently.
At the end of the day, don’t we all wish the world were a bit sweeter at times?
Some other smoothies to check out…
Without further delay, here’s the recipe!
Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- 1 cup skim, soy or almond milk
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (aka quick oats)
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. sweetener of choice - raw sugar, Truvia, Splenda, Agave or honey
- In a blender, combine milk, oats, banana and strawberries.
- Add vanilla and sweetener of choice. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve. Enjoy!