Here’s to an even more delicious 2016! While some of you may have made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthy, I’ve spent the past week dreaming about what kind of cookie I want to make next (chewy gluten free oatmeal toffee cookies sweetened with dates in case you’re wondering – no shame). Then I promptly ate all the leftover holiday cookies and toffee and desperately needed something green in my diet. And fast.
At the same time Quaker sent me some of their new Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats to use in a gluten free recipe for the New Year. As the voice of reason and self-control, my mom warned me that cookies were no way to start out the new year (even though cookies = more friends amiright? Now that I’m stocked up on gluten-free oats, we’ll eat those oatmeal cookies together soon, my friends, don’t worry). But for now: we’ll ring in the new year with this quick and easy sweet zing ginger oatmeal green smoothie. The perfect refresher while you check items off your 2016 to-do list.
We started to set-up #cheesebabygirl‘s nursery last week – I got through a billion loads of laundry while Lucas built her crib. We made a special trip for unscented detergent and I meticulously read the tag on just about everything I washed, but still managed to ruin my first load of baby laundry.
I melted a sheet. A SHEET! Turns out the quilted bassinet sheet is “drip dry” only (the one item I didn’t think to check the tag on because: it’s a sheet!). What kind of new mom has time to drip dry a sheet?! Also, notice the language: they didn’t say line dry. They’re like “nah, we know this is going to be soaking wet. Welcome to motherhood.”
In other news, the cats think we got them the best cat bed ever for Christmas. They’re making sure baby girl doesn’t have cat allergies one nap at a time.
The flavor combo in this ginger oatmeal green smoothie is based on one we’ve been paying way too much for at the market at the end of our street. We discovered their green smoothie just about the same time the pregnancy exhaustion kicked in, making it a way-too-tempting quick meal.
But seriously – how hard is it to just keep smoothie ingredients on hand? Then you don’t even have to leave the house or feel guilty forking up $7 for a 12oz smoothie. Plus, if you make it at home, you can easily toss in healthy add-ins like oatmeal that make it all the more delicious (#cheesebabygirl could use something else in her diet besides cheese, milk, and sour patch kids). Orange juice and frozen mango & pineapple make it sweet, ginger adds a spicy zing, and a handful of spinach is thrown in for extra nutrients.
The real key is the oats, though. If you’re not already blending oats to your smoothies, you’re missing out. Adding Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats to the smoothie makes it extra thick and creamy (even more so if you blend it up ahead of time and leave it in the fridge for the oats to thicken!). With spinach, fruit, and oats, this smoothie becomes a meal that stands on its own, keeping you feeling full and satisfied even longer.
Bonus: In addition to this smoothie, I’ve teamed up with Quaker to bring you a free recipe book for download!
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- 10-12 ice cubes
- 1¼ cups frozen pineapple
- 1¼ cups frozen mango
- 2 cups packed fresh spinach
- 25 fresh mint leaves
- 3 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup Quaker Gluten-Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh ginger
- Optional: bee pollen for garnish
- Layer all of the ingredients in order in a high-powered blender.
- Purée until completely smooth, adding more orange juice it needed.
- Divide between two large glasses and serve immediately (or keep it overnight in the fridge to thicken up even more!)
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