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.
- 1 cup almond milk or cow's milk
- ¼ cup regular oats
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ cup bluberries
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 100g 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.
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!