Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie

I have been brainstorming and testing healthy back to school breakfast ideas for a few weeks now so that I am not stuck in a cereal rut when the school year finally hits. Our daughter, Eliza, is entering sixth grade this year. If her summertime “primping” schedule is any indicator of just how long it will take her to get ready in the mornings, then I better have quite a few “grab-n-go” breakfasts in my arsenal because I doubt she will be sitting with us at the breakfast table very much.

I love having homemade breakfast cereal bars, and fruits like bananas and apples on hand for quick grabbing, but sometimes a girl just needs a smoothie to start her day off right. This smoothie is packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein; it will stay with her until time for lunch and she won’t come crashing down from the high of sugar coated cereals and store-bought breakfast bars.  Besides tasting really good together I chose these ingredients specifically for what each of them has to offer Eliza.

  • Almond milkAside from offering lots of protein and vitamins, almond milk is rich in manganese, copper and riboflavin. These nutrients play an important role in energy production.
  • Bananas:  High in potassium and low in salt, they are officially recognized by the FDA as being able to lower blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Rich in pectin, bananas aid digestion and are a great natural energy booster due to all of that potassium.
  • Strawberries: One cup of strawberries contains a whopping 136% of the RDA of vitamin C, can help lower blood pressure and ensure a healthy immune system. Like almond milk, strawberries are also rich in manganese which is great for the bones too.
  • Gluten-free oats: Provide high levels of fiber, low levels of fat, and high levels of protein. Oats also are known to remove the bad cholesterol in your body without affecting your good cholesterol. All of that being said; they stick with you longer than other foods so I can rest assured that she will stay satisfied until lunchtime and can concentrate on learning rather than hunger pains.

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Strawberry Banana Oat Smoothie

Makes 1 large smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk, preferably homemade
  • 2 frozen bananas, broken into 3-4 pieces each
  • 4 large frozen organic strawberries
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free oats

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in the order listed in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If the mixture seems too thick, add more almond milk 1-2 tablespoons at a time.

Meg van der Kruik of Beard and BonnetMeg is the blogger, photographer, and recipe developer behind Beard & Bonnet, a gluten-free vegetarian blog that celebrates style, design, food, and family. Along with her husband, she’s also one half of the duo behind award-winning eco-design studio Union Eighteen whose recycled rugs have garnered international acclaim. Her goal is to show others that gluten-free, vegetarian living can be easy and fulfilling, not to mention delicious! You can also find Meg on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram!

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