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Heart Healthy Oats & Fruit Smoothie with Almonds

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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

 

  • Aheckler

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

    • Hayley Morgan Green

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

  • Sid

    I live in VA too!

  • Guest

    How many servings/ounces does this make?

  • Blendasmoothie

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