Well, it’s October and the weather is slowly turning a bit chillier, at least here in Virginia. As the weather gets colder it seems as if smoothies are more of an afterthought (at least according to my visitors every year), but that shouldn’t be the case. Smoothies are great as meal replacements any time of the year. Smoothies are just a summer drink. And to prove this I am providing a really healthy smoothie smoothie, using oats, hearth healthy fruits, almonds and a touch of maple syrup.
Why oats? Oats have omega-3 fatty acids as well as good amounts of potassium and folate. This superfood is full of fiber and can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and this helps you keep arteries clear which is a good thing when you plan on living a long, healthy life.
How do almonds help? Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.
Is maple syrup worth the calories? Maple syrup contains a high level of zinc which is an antioxidant and has been proven to decrease the progress of atherosclerosis.
Hearty Healthy Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (77 calories)
- 1/2 medium banana (53 calories)
- 3 ounces low-fat vanilla yogurt (61 calories)
- 1/4 cup raw almonds (137 calories)
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (155 calories)
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (only 17 calories) We recommend Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup
How to prepare your smoothie: Add all the ingredients to your blender slowly and gradually increase the speed to high. Leave for about 30 seconds for a good blend. Click here if you are interested in knowing the best way to make a smoothie. We delve into the science of smoothie making.
Nutrition Grade: A
- Calories: 499
- Fat: 15.7g
- Carbohydrates: 73.8g
- Fiber: 11.6g
- Sugars: 30.8g
- Protein: 17.4g
- Vitamin A: 2%
- Vitamin C: 257%
- Calcium: 28%
- Iron: 19%
- Very low in cholesterol
- Very low in sodium
- Very high in manganese
- Very high in vitamin C