You might wonder why I’m always adding – and suggesting you add – oats to smoothie recipes even when they are not on the ingredients list. Many smoothie recipes are just fruit with added sweetening and although you might be using natural honey or maple syrup, they are still sugar. A small small glass may be ok but many recipes contain a whole day’s worth of fruit in one serving.

Oats are full of soluble fiber and are excellent for lowering blood-sugar and reducing cholesterol and a good source of protein. They can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.

They are also filling so adding oats reduces the risk of needing a mid-morning snack to keep you going – which in turn means you can stick to your diet, so more chance of getting that excess weight off when used as part of a healthy eating plan. They are also a great way to avoid making your smoothie a sugar-bomb.

Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, writing at AuthorityNutrition says …

Oats have been associated with all sorts of benefits, including decreased risk of childhood asthma, enhanced immune system and decreased need for laxatives in the elderly.

So throw some oats into your next smoothie … even if there are none in the recipe. And then add a few nuts or seeds for a doubly healthy result!

 

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