Ok, obviously we watch a lot of Strawberry Shortcake around here. :o) And it’s probably no surprise that I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies lately. I’m guessing maybe you have been too?
And eating salads, and comforting soups and oatmeals, and just plain detoxing from the glorious food-bingeing of the holidays?!
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Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the food-centered bliss of the holidays, and I look forward to them all year long, but I also love a clean slate at the end of all of it.
I’m not one to make new years resolutions… I’ve tried and I never make it past day 3… but I like to make new DAY resolutions and eating healthier is one I make almost every day.
Of course, some days, that thought doesn’t even make it out of my brain before I am enjoying a cookie for breakfast, but for the most part, I try to keep a healthy balance with my every day eating habits.
Healthified smoothies are one of my favorite ways to feed myself and my family healthy food in a way that feels… indulgent even. Because really, who doesn’t love a refreshing, fruit-filled smoothie?!
I usually stuff a bunch of greens into my smoothies, because my kids don’t mind and I love getting sneaking some super-healthy veggies into all of us.
I left them out of this smoothie, because it didn’t sound very breakfast-y, but any other time of day I would be packing in a few handfuls of spinach, kale or whatever I have on hand!
Usually, like most of you I’m sure, I just throw a little of this and a little of that into my smoothies. But this one was so, so good. Too good to not be able to recreate exactly the way I made it.
When smoothies turn out that good, I have to share.
You should really make this smoothie soon… because your family will thank you for it!
(In case you’re wondering, I use a heavy-duty Vitamix blender for my big family of smoothie-drinkers. If you have a smaller blender, you will probably want to cut this recipe in half!)
- 1/2 cup dry oats, steel cut or regular is fine
- 1 tablespoon almond butter, or coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 oranges, peeled and halved
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 3 cups frozen mixed berries
- 2-3 cups unsweetened almond milk
- a handful of ice, if desired
In a dry blender, blend up the oats until they are a fine powder. Add in the rest of the ingredients in order and blend until smooth.
(Use more or less almond milk, as needed, to get the consistency you'd like).
You can cut this smoothie in half, if your blender is not as heavy duty as mine! :o)
(Trim Healthy Mama’s – one serving of this smoothie is an “E”. Throw some protein powder in there if you’d like it to be a complete meal!)