May I have a moment of your time? I’ll be wicked brief, I promise…

Summer is almost here, and that diet you embraced with ardent fervor in January is all but forgotten. Ok, perhaps it was completely forgotten until the painful memory of wearing Bermuda shorts in the water last year jogged your memory nads.

Your exercise gear was collecting dust and let’s be reals, you never even cracked open the seal of your p90x DVDs. You thought you had time. I mean, it was only February, after all…

Right?

Right…

Now its mid June and you are frantically trying to fit into that yellow itty bitty polka dot bikini you purchased on sale this past December. You are working out so much you pulled a muscle. All you eat are leaves and nuts. All you drink is water sprinkled with no cal sweetener. It is not enough.You’re hungry, grumpy, and dammit you really pulled that hamstring.

I am here to say… Stop! Take a break, lady. Summer wont leave you just yet. Have a smoothie.

This is health in a glass at its finest. Blueberries for antioxidants, bananas for potassium, milk with vitamin D and calcium for those increasingly brittle bones. Toasted oats give this smoothie body, a slight chew, and the fullness your belly needs to keep that workout marathon going.

And we all know you’re on that mission to reclaim that post preggo body. I support you, homegirl..

Keep it up!

Once your hamstring is all better, that is…

Get your health and work out on.

The waves and sun await…

 

Healthy smoothie with toasted oats and blueberries! www.mind-over-batter.com

 

: Toasted Oat Blueberry Smoothie

: From the Joy The Baker Cookbook.

This toasted oat blueberry smoothie will keep you full for when those marathon workout sessions strike.

  • 1 cup raw oatmeal (any oatmeal – Old fashioned, steel cut, or quick cooking
  • 2 cups milk (cow, soy, or almond)
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of blueberries (fresh blueberries, frozen)
  • 2-3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the oats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until slightly browned and fragrant, about 12-15 minutes. Allow the oats to cool and either blend or process until the oats are mostly powder.
  2. Remove oats from blender or processor and measure out 3 tablespoons. Reserve the rest of the oat powder. You’re going to make another smoothie, trust me. If you don’t… Face scrub… For real…
  3. Combine the powdered oats, milk, bananas, blueberries, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve…
  5. Feel full and healthy like a mofo.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 15 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

 

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