This Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is made with Greek yogurt, honey and oats for a satisfying, nutritious start to your day!
We’ve always been big smoothie fans. My kids often request them for dinner and I’m only too happy to oblige. I love coming up with new flavor combinations and finding ways to make the smoothies just a little bit healthier and more filling.
This smoothie is one of our favorites and you might be surprised at the amount of oats in each serving; a half cup of old-fashioned oats! Oatmeal has tons of fiber as well as antioxidants so it’s a great addition to the smoothie. A blender can pretty much obliterate the oats into powder OR if you prefer, just pulse a couple of times to add some texture to your smoothie.
It’s like having a bowl oatmeal with your smoothie…except not.
Last year I started using A LOT of Greek yogurt. You just can’t beat it when it comes to adding healthy protein to any meal, but especially smoothies and shakes. When I’m making myself a smoothie, it’s for a meal, not a snack. I need it to be filling and sustaining and as full of nutrients as possible. I tend to be a snacker so if I eat a meal that doesn’t keep me full, I might as well say hello to the nearest sugar-filled treat and the calories that come with it.
And don’t get me wrong here, I still eat my treats, I just prefer to enjoy them intentionally instead of mindlessly snacking because I’m hungry :)
I’ve found that this works well with the boys too. Whether I’m making them a smoothie for breakfast, dinner, or an afternoon snack, if I add some protein to the mix I won’t be hearing that “I’m hungry Mommy!” a mere 30 minutes later.
Now, you can either use milk or juice in this recipe – they both work just fine! My mother-in-law is a big believer in honey so I like to add a tablespoon or so to each smoothie for just a touch more sweetness. You can leave the honey out if you prefer. I use a plain, nonfat Greek yogurt to keep the calories down but feel free to use a flavored Greek yogurt instead. I also typically add a scoop of protein powder to my smoothies – especially if it’s for breakfast or lunch. (Vanilla works great with the flavors here!)
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Smoothies are so versatile and easily customizable for your family. Swapping in different flavored juices, yogurt, and berries can be lots of fun!
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