Healthy & delicious with grab-and-go convenience; 6 varieties, plus how to invent your own.
Awhile back, I wrote a post about Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal that has been very popular with Yummy readers. (Thanks for all of the enthusiastic feedback!) Since then I’ve been experimenting with a smoothie version of that recipe. In today’s post, I’m sharing my 6 favorite flavor varieties along with a formula you can follow for inventing your own smoothie flavor combos. They’re easy, can be stored in the fridge for several days; and they can be frozen!
Breakfast before school or work, or on the way. Like the refrigerator oatmeal, these smoothies are easy to grab for a quick breakfast on the go to take along in the car, to work, or anywhere. Smoothies have the added convenience of one-handed drinking–no spoon required–so you can sip on them while you drive or walk. Carry them in a thermos or thermal beverage cup, and they’ll stay chilled for hours. They’re also very filling; have one for breakfast and they will help you fight the hungries all morning.
If you have kids and have a hard time getting a healthy breakfast in them before school, let them choose or create a favorite flavor and help you make them ahead of time. Some of these taste like dessert, yet they are so good for you. There is a lot of hidden nutrition that is masked by the sweet flavor of fruit.
Great boost before or after exercise. King-Man has been enjoying sampling the variations of smoothies in this post. He’s an exercise nut (really pretty nutty fun, in general), and these smoothies are a perfect post-workout nutrition boost for him. They’re also great for him to have on hand at work.
Make ahead convenience. Freezable, too! This may be my favorite feature of these smoothies. Like my Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal, you can make these smoothies a day (or two or three) ahead, refrigerate them, and have a healthy breakfast or snack ready to go. Better yet, these freeze well, too. I’ve been making up a variety of flavors at once, putting some in the fridge and some in the freezer. LOVE having a smoothie ready to drink whenever I want one–no time, hassle, or mess.
A complete meal in a glass. The combination of oatmeal, chia seeds, yogurt, and fruit makes these well rounded nutrition. Every smoothie will differ some in nutrition according to the exact ingredients used. Here is the nutritional breakdown for one 2-cup serving of my Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie. The other 5 recipes should be in this ballpark, too.
- 321calories, 4.2g fat, 58.5g carbs, 13.9g protein, 7g fiber
- High in antioxidants, fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, riboflavin, and Vitamins A, B12, B6, C, D
- Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 6-8 points (I didn’t get consistent results using the WW calculator, but this gives you a general idea. It depends on whether or not you count the fruit as “free” points or not.)
I honestly can’t drink a whole 2-cup serving at one time. I’ve been drinking half of a smoothie for breakfast and having the other half for a mid-morning snack. It keeps me full all morning.
Chia seeds are power food (and a perfect smoothie thickener). If you are unfamiliar with the health benefits of these amazing little seeds, you can read about them in my Refrigerator Oatmeal post. In these smoothies, they have the added benefit of serving as a thickener, since they absorb 10 times their weight in water and become gel-like. Smoothies often use ice cubes or frozen fruit to thicken them, but that means they have to be eaten right away before their ingredients melt. Using the chia seeds as a thickener allows these smoothies to be made far in advance and still have a perfectly thickened consistency whenever you drink one.
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