Heart Healthy Oats & Fruit Smoothie with Almonds



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.

This is a great breakfast/protein smoothie containing 17.4g of protein and should keep you going easily through a late lunch. We kept it under 500 calories.

Hearty Healthy Smoothie Ingredients:

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

Nutritional Facts:

  • 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%

Nutritional Analysis:

  • Very low in cholesterol
  • Very low in sodium
  • Very high in manganese
  • Very high in vitamin C


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  1. Reply Aheckler November 18, 2013

    The taste is good, but it is too thick. I loosened it up a bit with some almond milk

    • Reply Hayley Morgan Green January 7, 2014

      How much almond milk did you use if you don’t mind me asking?

  2. Reply Sid December 6, 2013

    I live in VA too!

  3. Reply Guest June 23, 2014

    How many servings/ounces does this make?

  4. Reply Blendasmoothie August 26, 2014

    I made a smoothie consisting of: fresh pineapple, apple, banana, cucumber, flax seed, and tumeric, and then I froze it.

  5. Reply GirlULove2Love February 9, 2015

    I’ve got an excellent blender but it wasn’t budging on this sludge. I had to add some milk to get it to move. Maybe if I hadn’t frozen the strawberries but honestly it didn’t taste good anyways. It was like eating strawberry flavored oatmeal paste. Bummer. next time, nix the oatmeal and add some protein powder.

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