Friday, December 21, 2012

Oatmeal Yogurt Smoothie

At this time of year my reality often includes a steady diet of butter and sugar based goodies and it takes a lot of willpower to not go completely off the deep end overfilling myself with sweets.

What I have found to help curb or at least ease my almost unconscious desire to keep reaching for another  treat is to eat more balanced foods/meals. If I keep my blood sugar steady, somehow it helps me keep myself from over indulging and putting myself on the roller coaster of blood sugar high and lows.

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I'm super busy so I tend to look to eat what is quick and easy, because lets be honest, with everything else that goes on I just don't have it in me at times to make the next right decision when it comes to balancing my nutritional needs.

I love oatmeal and I love yogurt, so it was only natural that those mutual loves would somehow find a way to coexist in my tummy. I actually started eating this combo when I was pregnant with my first daughter because it worked so well in relation to keeping my gestational diabetes in order and it tasted so delicious.

Over time, I've tweaked and added in more to boost up the flavor and nutritional content, because it's so versatile you can really add what ever you want to it.

Now since this is already a staple in my diet you could understand why I would be so excited when I was offered an opportunity to try a new brand of oatmeal in order to create a recipe for it. I typically only use plain oats, never realizing that there was a whole oatmeal selection out there other than the sickly sweet processed ones in the cereal aisle of he supermarket.

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Made with 100% whole grain oats and flax seeds, this complete line offers a simple and healthy option when it comes to instant oatmeal. But it's not only a great breakfast (or lunch... or snack...) but also a better ingredient to spice up a cookie or other baked goods.

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I was sent a whole variety of their oatmeal's  which were all delicious, although my favorite was the MMM....Muffins Blueberry Muffin. And my little Miss. Mischievous whose an oatmeal eater, loved them all too, she gobbled them up for breakfast every day.

This is how I made the smoothie.....

1 Package of Better Oats brand Oatmeal Prepared according to package directions( I used the MMM....Muffins Blueberry Muffin)
1/3 Cup Unsweetened- Unflavored Coconut Milk
Plain Yogurt (I use Greek yogurt 6 oz container)
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
Sweetener (I use Splenda, but this is your choice)

1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
1 Scoop Protein Powder

Something to store it in, I use a quart sized mason jar for ease and convenience.

Prepare the oatmeal according to package directions.
Let it cool a bit.
Add in 1/3 cup of Coconut milk
Add in 1 container of Greek Yogurt (6 oz.)
Add in Sweetener to taste

If you want to boost up the protein/ nutritional content, then this is when you would add in your protein powder (vanilla), chia seeds and fruit.

Mix it all up.

Now this is where a few variations can come into play. You can eat this as is and it's fabulous or you can put it all in the blender to make it smooth.

I have also mixed it up uncooked and let it soak up overnight. I believe that is considered a summer porridge of sorts. If you do that I suggest putting the oatmeal in the blender uncooked and pulse the blender so it is ground to a finer mixture. I prefer it that way, I think it's a personal preference though.

Now this keeps me satisfied and helps curb my desire to stuff my face full of cookies. Which by the way is not a pretty thing to watch :)

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