I have been really busy over the past few weeks. My freelance work has increased, which is awesome, but I’m finding that I have less time to myself these days. My daily routine looks something like this now:
Wake up –> Eat breakfast in front of the computer while checking emails –> Fit in some social media (usually Twitter) –> Work on blog posts or freelance articles –> Realize that I haven’t eaten lunch –> Stuff a handful of something (usually almonds) into my mouth –> Rush over to my “day job” –> Return home –> Make dinner –> Eat dinner –> Work on blog posts or freelance articles until 2AM –> Attempt to get some sleep –> Repeat.
Obviously this isn’t a smart schedule, and if I keep it up I’m going to burn out (again).
Yesterday, in an attempt to get some nourishment and energy, I decided to make a blueberry oatmeal smoothie. I made smoothies all the time last summer, but I don’t enjoy them as much in the winter months so I haven’t had one in a while.
I knew that I need to make my drink as substantial as possible, so I added some uncooked oats to my almond milk and let them soak. I saw my cousin add oats to his protein shakes once, so I figured it should work out just fine.
I was happy to find that the oats did in fact make the smoothie more filling, and it tasted pretty good too. I also added some homemade granola to the top of this smoothie as well. I like the contrast in textures, and it looks pretty too. Of course, if the idea of chewing your smoothie sounds gross to you, you can always leave that out.
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk or cow's milk
- 1/4 cup regular oats
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup bluberries
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 100 g Greek yogurt , vanilla or coconut flavoured
- Ice cubes
- Homemade granola for topping , optional
Pour the almond milk into a bowl. Add the oats and allow them to soak for 5-10 minutes.
Pour the oat mixture into a blender, and add all of the other ingredients except the granola.
Blend until smooth, and top with granola if desired.
This smoothie has the best flavour when consumed immediately.
Tip: It's a good idea to let the oats soak for 5-10 minutes before blending, so that your smoothie doesn't become grainy.
I always feel a bit silly posting a recipe for a smoothie… I mean, it’s mostly just “add to blender and blitz”. What do you think? Do you like smoothie recipes? Let me know!