I have been finding such good recipes on Pinterest lately! When looking for ways in up my protein and calorie intake I found these make ahead smoothies. I had most of the ingredients on hand but a trip to Whole Foods finished off the list.
What You Need:
1/4 cup GF oats
1.5 tsp chia seeds (the bulk section at Whole Foods is cheaper than the pre-bagged)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup yogurt (I used strawberry. You could use Greek yogurt to make it lower calorie)
1/2 cup strawberries (I used frozen)
splash of GF vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp honey
How to Make It:
In a smoothie blender mix the oats and chia seeds. I have a Magic Bullet that I love! Grind it up until it is fine.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend.
Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. You could also freeze them in mason jars and thaw when ready to drink.
This recipe is adapted from the Yummy Life. She has a number of different recipes for overnight oatmeal smoothies.
The biggest thing was that this was a very filling smoothie! I woke up early with the babies and was starving. I knew it would be a while before I could make me breakfast so I headed straight for the smoothie and it really hit the spot. I was good to go until I had everyone feed and watching cartoons.
The taste was good. Not too sweet, so you may want to add more honey if you like sweet smoothies. I think I will try adding bananas next time to give it more levels of flavor. You really could mix any fruit you wanted. I was able to taste the oatmeal but I didn't find this to be a bad thing.
The texture was a little thick. The oatmeal adds some depth so it is a little heavier.