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Heart Healthy Oats & Fruit Smoothie with Almonds

Heart Healthy Oats & Fruit Smoothie with Almonds

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 not 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 super food is full of fiber and can lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and this helps you keep you 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.

Nutrition


Calories: 499
Carbohydrates: 73.8g
Protein: 17.4g
Fat: 15.7g
Fiber: 11.6g
Sugars: 30.8g
Iron: 19%
Vitamin A: 2%
Vitamin C: 257%

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)

Directions


Prep
8 Mins
Cook
2 Mins
Ready In
10 Mins

  1. Add all the ingredients to your blender slowly and gradually increase the speed to high. Leave for about 30 seconds for a good blend.
    • Aheckler
    • November 18, 2013
    Reply

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

      • Hayley Morgan Green
      • January 7, 2014
      Reply

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

    • Sid
    • December 6, 2013
    Reply

    I live in VA too!

    • Guest
    • June 23, 2014
    Reply

    How many servings/ounces does this make?

    • Blendasmoothie
    • August 26, 2014
    Reply

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

    • GirlULove2Love
    • February 9, 2015
    Reply

    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.

    • Gavin Moling
    • April 4, 2017
    Reply

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