The new year is here and there are always many of us who make a resolution to lose weight, or eat healthier, get into those skinny jeans or some other variation of that very popular resolution. I’m no exception. This year I vow to make heathier food choices not just for me but for my family as well. I don’t know about you but I feel a heck of a lot better when I make healthier food choices then when I don’t. I so don’t enjoy putting on a pair of jeans, then an hour later wish that I had put on leggings.
So I’ve set the challenge and I’ve accepted!
Step 1 – Raid the pantry and refrigerator and see what healthy food combos jump out at me.
Step 2 – Throw all the ingredients I found in step 1 together and see what happens.
Step 3 – Enjoy!
This is the first recipe that I came up with, and may I just add that it smells like strawberry shortcake! Doesn’t that already make you want to try this out?!
Here’s what you need:
Oats – I used old fashioned oats because that is what I always have in my pantry, but you can absolutely use quick oats for this.
Almond milk – or regular milk. I always use almond milk because it has so much more protein and fewer calories than regular milk. Being healthy remember?
Strawberries – fresh or frozen. I’ve been using fresh because unfortunately I don’t live in a tropical paradise and the last thing I want is a frozen smoothie when the thermometer is flirting with zero! If you want an artic cold smoothie use those frozen berries!
Greek yogurt – I use low fat vanilla. You can use plain or full fat whole milk. If you use full fat whole milk Greek yogurt it just wont be as sweet that’s all. I love using the full fat whole milk for my little guy, I make frozen yogurt “popsicles” with it and he loves them. I’ll post about that another day.
Almonds – these are optional because if you are a person that isn’t the biggest fan of a little texture in your smoothie then you can leave them out.
Alright lets make this thing!
First things first, you need to soak the oats in the almond milk for at least half hour. Well you don’t have to, but you should, they’ll blend in better.
After the oats are done taking their milk bath and they are all soft and ready to go toss them into a blender. Add the yogurt, strawberries and almonds if you are using them and blend away. I have a pretty powerful blender and I usually blend mine for a good minute to really grind up the almonds. Blend until you reach the consistency you like.
For added nutrition you can sprinkle in some flax seeds, but you will need to add more milk! I don’t usually do this because the flax seeds never grind up enough for me, but if you don’t mind the texture toss some in!
Here’s to the beginning of a healthier In The Kitchen With Lauren Family!
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup oats
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 tablespoon almonds, optional
- sprinkle of flax seeds, optional
- Place the oats and almond milk in cup and let the oats soak in the milk in the refrigerator for atleast half hour.
- Toss all the ingredients into the blender and blend until your desired consistency.
- You can use old fashioned oats or quick oats.
- You can substitute the almond milk for regular milk.
- Use your favorite Greek yogurt, if you use full fat whole milk your smoothie may need a little added sugar.
- Fresh or frozen strawberries work.
- Almonds are optional, they do add a little texture to the smoothie.
- Flax seeds are optional, you will need to add more milk and they do add quite a bit of texture. I do not use them in mine.