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Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie

Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie - Get this healthy gluten free recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

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I love that I live near Sam’s Club so I can stock up on everything from chicken to fruit. One of my favorite foods that I buy there is oatmeal. I always have an ample supply of oats, either in old-fashioned rolled oat form for baking and using in recipes like oatmeal cookies, raw oatmeal risotto, or high protein oatcakes. Or instant form for making a quick bowl of breakfast oatmeal or a Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie!

The health benefits of oatmeal

If it has oatmeal in it, I know my family will eat it! This is great, because I know how healthy oatmeal is for them.

In this month’s Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine, oats are given The Superfood Highlight. That’s because oats are good for you! Oatmeal has been shown to lower cholesterol, improve blood pressure, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Oatmeal can also help diabetics lower their need for insulin.

You can read more about oatmeal and other health topics at Healthy Living at Sam's Club.

Stock up on oatmeal at Sam's Club. Learn more at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

And you can stock up on oatmeal in the cereal aisle at Sam’s Club!

Spa time with oatmeal

Did you know that can make your own oatmeal bath soak from the oatmeal you have in your pantry?

Just take any kind of unflavored oatmeal and grind it in a blender or food processor until it’s been pulverized into a fine, dust-like powder. When the oatmeal powder is fine enough, you can then sift it through a fine mesh strainer to get a more even powder. If you wish, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the oatmeal to give it a nice scent.

An oatmeal smoothie for breakfast

This month’s Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine also has a terrific recipe for an Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie. I’ve made a few changes to the smoothie to make it dairy free like using soy milk and frozen strawberries and ice cubes instead of yogurt. I also substituted stevia for the honey. However, what’s great about my Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie recipe (or the original one) is that you can get all the ingredients right at Sam’s Club!

This healthy Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie recipe is perfect for breakfast - Get the easy make ahead recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Honestly, I’d never thought of adding oatmeal to a smoothie. I always use oatmeal for baking or as a hot breakfast cereal. However, now that it’s getting warm out, the last thing I’d want for breakfast is a steaming bowl of oatmeal. With this cold yet satisfying Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie, you get all the benefits of oatmeal as well as fruit.

I also thought the idea of making it the night before, putting it in Mason jars with lids was a terrific way to save time in the morning. Just grab a jar out of the fridge and go! (Don’t forget a straw.) After drinking, toss the straw and put on the lid. That way you can safely store the dirty jar until you get home – no spills!

If your family finds that the smoothie is too thick, they can add more soy milk to the jar, put the lid back on and shake it up!

My son loved this smoothie so much that he already asked me to make it again. Can’t wait!

Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie - Get this healthy gluten free recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie

Based on a recipe by German Larn for the Whole Grains Council

Ingredients

For the oatmeal:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup stevia
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

For the blender add ins:

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add oats and return water to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add stevia, dried cranberries, apple and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  4. Simmer 2 more minutes. Stir occasionally. Then cover and turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Add cooked oatmeal, soy milk, frozen (not thawed) strawberries, banana, and ice cubes to a blender. Cover and blend on high until strawberries and ice cubes are pulverized and mixture is creamy.
  6. If smoothie mixture is too thick, add more soy milk and/or ice cubes and blend some more.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes approximately 48 ounces
  • Serving size: Makes 4 (12 ounce) servings

Serve this healthy Dairy Free Oatmeal Fruit Smoothie in a Mason jar to sip on the go. Get the easy make ahead recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

What’s your family’s favorite oatmeal recipe? Share below!

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Juicing with Centrum ProNutrients Probiotics {giveaway} #NutritionPossible

Centrum ProNutrientsI know for many of you, taking nutritional supplements was on your New Year’s healthy resolutions list. How’s it going? Are you confused by all the vitamin and supplement choices out there? Well, Centrum has come up with a Nutrition Possible Assessment to help you determine your individual nutritional supplement needs.

I’m always on the lookout for new nutritional supplements that fit my individual needs. That’s why I was excited to try out ProNutrients, Centrum’s new line of dietary supplements that are formulated to work with a multivitamin. 

The line includes Omega-3, Probiotic, and Fruit & Veggie - three supplements that support health and well-being.  Each supplement is backed by the nutritional expertise of Centrum, which identifies the right ingredients to your nutrition to the next level.

I was very happy to see that they’re offering a fruit and veggie supplement. I was taking something similar that was very expensive, so now I have a more affordable alternative. Recently, I saved even more money by using Centrum coupons from the last two weeks of Sunday newspapers and going to the ProNutrients Facebook page for a $5 off coupon. Many stores like Walgreens and Kroger have Centrum ProNutrients on sale this month, so take advantage and stock up like I did!

Or you can win a sample bottle of Centrum ProNutrients – see the bottom of this post!

Juicing with ProNutrients Probiotics

As part of my Centrum ProNutrients review , they sent me a juicer to create a few smoothies to use with their ProNutrients Probiotic. Centrum’s probiotic comes in powder form so you can add it to cool foods and drinks.

This is such a great way to “sneak” some probiotics into your children’s diets, especially if they don’t like taking pills. Plus, fresh fruit juices and smoothies are great ways to get more fruits and veggies into you and your family's diet. Just make sure to use organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible.

My kids really enjoyed my take on the classic Green Monster smoothie juice drink. They couldn’t taste the probiotics, the apples naturally sweetened it, and the kids enjoyed the frothiness, too. 

Fennel & Kale Green Monster with Probiotics Fennel & Kale Green Monster with Probiotics
Fennel & Kale Green Monster with Probiotics Fennel & Kale Green Monster with Probiotics

Fennel & Kale Green Monster with Probiotics

Makes two 8 ounce drinks

Ingredients:

  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1/2 bulb fennel
  • 3 small apples
  • 1 sprig fresh tarragon
  • 3 stalks kale
  • 2 packets Centrum ProNutrients Probiotics

Directions:

  1. Wash all ingredients thoroughly in cool water.
  2. Cut apples if needed. It’s not necessary to peel them!
  3. Combine all ingredients in your juicer and follow manufacturers directions to make juice.
  4. Add probiotic powder directly to the juice container and whisk until frothy.
  5. Pour juice into 8 ounces glasses and serve immediately.

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Win a bottle of Centrum ProNutrients

I’m giving away ONE Centrum ProNutrients product of your choice:

  • ProNutrients™ Omega-3, 50-unit package ($12.99 value) OR
  • ProNutrients™ Fruit & Veggie 50-unit package ($11.99 value) OR
  • ProNutrients™ Probiotic 14-unit package ($18.99 value)

Giveaway closed. Congrats to Denise S.!
 

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  1. Tell me which Centrum ProNutrients product you’re interested in trying out.
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