OAT-LOADS OF GOODNESS!

WATER, BANANA, KIWI, STRAWBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, ROLLED OATS, VIVA VANILLA VEGA PROTEIN, ACAI POWDER, CHIA SEED & FLAX SEED

This morning I was in the mood for some oatmeal. When I went into the kitchen, my awesome wife had already made me a fresh bowl of fruit (Organic kiwi, Strawberries and Blueberries). So I thought, I can just mix the fruit into my oatmeal but then I had a CRAZY thought. What if I just make a smoothie out of all of it; oats included?! So, thats what I did…and boy am I glad I took the risk. As you may have previously read from my Oatmeal recipe post, whole oats can help people with Type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose level and help stimulate the immune system. They are an excellent source of thiamine, iron, dietary fiber and are the only food which contain specific antioxidant compounds which help to protect the circulatory system. With the combination of oats, blueberry and strawberry, the antioxidant levels are pretty high, so why not make this smoothie an “Antioxidant Powerhouse” and add some Acai powder as well? Acai has a combination of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids which all help slow the aging process by boosting immune and metabolic function and removing destructive free radicals from our bodies. How cool is all of that? And all ya gotta do is throw it all in your blender and drink it. It tastes incredible too.

12 oz of Filtered Water
1 frozen Banana
1 Kiwi Fruit (peeled)
1 handful of Strawberries (centers gored out)
1 handful of Blueberries
1/2 Cup “Quick” Rolled Oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
4 Ice Cubes
1 scoop Vega Smoothie Powder (Viva Vanilla)
1 Tbsp Acai Powder
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
1 Tbsp Flax Seed (or Flax Meal)

Add 12 oz of filtered water to your blender along with all of the fruits and ice cubes. Blend on Crush Ice Setting first for about 20 seconds or so. Then blend on โ€œliquifyโ€ setting for about 1 minute. Add in Oats, Vega Powder, Acai Powder, Chia and Flax seeds and then blend again on โ€œliquifyโ€ setting (about another 1-2 minutes). Add more water or ice, depending on your texture preference. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy your smoothie w/ your favorite straw; although, for Earthโ€™s sake, I recommend a glass one from Glass Dharma http://glassdharma.com.

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