Who had a crazy hectic weekend and ate or drank too much and needs to detox with healthy foods on this Monday?
Not me. I had the most boring weekend ever and I’m okay with that. Low key weekends are a great way to recharge myself. In fact, the past couple of weekends have been quiet and I’ve actually had time to catch up on some reading. It’s rare that I actually start and finish a book (unless I’m away on vacation). I read “It Was Me All Along” by Andie Mitchell. It’s a memoir about her struggles with weight loss and body images and how she overcame those struggles. It was a great book.
I’m a big fan of Ree Drummond (aka The Pioneer Woman). My husband and I were watching an episode of her cooking show the other day and I randomly wondered how she met her husband. As it turns out, Ree actually wrote a book about this very topic. After the initial question, my husband looked it up and found an excerpt from the first chapter. He read it out loud to me and liked it enough that within minutes, he had ordered it for himself. (He was totally fine with me reading it too of course.) The book is called The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels To Tractor Wheels. We both read it and loved it. It’s a great real life love story.
I didn’t mean for today’s post to turn into a book club, but if you’re looking for something good to read I recommend both books. If you’re looking for a great smoothie recipe, well, I’ve got that too.
I have a lot of smoothie recipes on my blog, but none of them contain oats. I tend to favor smoothie recipes that contain yogurt or peanut butter for good sources of protein and vitamins. I love that today’s smoothie is a little different than what I’m used to. I’m getting my protein and fiber from almonds (milk and nuts) and oats. Wahoo for healthy stuff. Not to mention that it tastes really delicious too.
You can enjoy this smoothie in a bowl or cup. I opted for a bowl to make it look pretty (or to try to anyway). I definitely don’t do this when I’m whipping it up for myself on an ordinary day. Have you seen how some people decorate their smoothies on various social media networks? They are so gorgeous that I wouldn’t want to eat it. I think this one is pretty enough to admire but then totally want to dive into.
Fruit and Oat Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup roughly chopped strawberries
- 1 banana (I used a frozen banana but that’s not required.)
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup oats (I used old fashioned.)
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 cup ice
- In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend them until they are smooth and creamy.
Adapted from: Martha Stewart
Here are some of my favorite smoothies right now.