Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana Smoothie

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana smoothie

My new fav smoothie combo has oatmeal in it. It makes the smoothie thick and gives you something to chew on! The trick is to let the oats and chia seeds sit in the almond milk for a few minutes before you blend it all together — I haven’t tried to let them sit overnight yet but that might work too!

Nectarines have been the sweetest fruit I’ve had this summer. Great in a smoothie, sliced up in oatmeal, on frozen yogurt or as an afternoon snack.

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana smoothies

 

What is your favorite summer fruit?

Oatmeal, Nectarine and Banana Smoothie

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 nectarines, pits removed
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice

Method

  • Put almond milk, chia seeds and oatmeal in a Vitamix blender and let sit for about 10 minutes. Add nectarines, banana, bluenerries, cinnamon and ice and blend on smoothie setting. Makes 3 servings.

NatureBox and an amazing frozen yogurt snack

I decided to give NatureBox a try after reading several reviews and then running across a coupon for $10 off my first order.

I opened my first box to discover Mango Almond Bites, Tart and Tangy Fruit Medley (a mix of dried apples and cranberries), Tuscan Summer Mix (a mix of cashews and other savory snack bites), Cherry Crumble Granola, South Pacific Plantains (they look like banana chips) and an intro gift of Cherry Ganache Granola.

NatureBox

The first package I opened was the Cherry Ganache Granola due to the chocolate! The same day the box came in I had made a trip to Whole Foods and had a new container of Oikos frozen Greek Yogurt. FYI: the current Whole Foods coupon book has Oikos yogurt for a $1 off. A scoop of the yogurt with a little Cherry Ganache Granola and some sliced nectarines happens to be really yummy!! The granola has large chunks of dried cherries with a granola that has a nice chocolate flavor without being too sweet.

NatureBox Cherry Ganache Granola

If you want to try NatureBox you can also get $10 off your first order clicking this link: fbuy.me/dXWI and using the code: SHARE10 when you place your order.

I’m going to keep my monthly order going for a short while to experiment…whether I keep it up depends on how much I feel it’s a good value and if I’m enjoying my delivery options.

Have you heard about NatureBox or thought about it trying it out?

My first time making Overnight Oats

I’ve been reading a blog called Kath Eats Real Food like it’s a book. At first I started from her current posts and read backwards but after awhile I decided to go back to January 2012 and read forward. Still only in June 2012 after a couple of days of reading!

After viewing what seemed like hundreds of pictures of her breakfasts I had to try overnight oats. She starts with a basic recipe and always adds different fruits and nut butters and cereal or granola for crunch. Sound good??!

Overnight oats with nectarines

I topped my oats with sliced nectarines, a little cherry granola crumble (more on that later) and a spoonful of sunbutter. Delish!! Chewy and crunchy and sweet from the juicy nectarines. Filling – in a good way. Totally making this again tomorrow!

overnight oats

Overnight Oats

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use either organic skim milk or almond milk)
  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cinnamon

Method

  • Stir everything together in a bowl (I used a plastic bowl with a fitted lid and tripled the recipe for myself, Travis and Devin). Place in the fridge overnight. In the morning top with something crunchy and something with healthy fats – like a nut butter or sliced almonds.

From Kath Eats Real Food