Easy Smoothie Concoction: Soaked Oats & Berries



I have read that soaked oats are better for you than cooked oats because of something called resistant starches, which are the starches hidden in food fiber that actually resist digestion in the small intestine. The article I read that gave this most information about resistant starches and how they work basically explained how the large intestine acts as a "fermenting station" for food so that the small intestines can continue to break the food down further to gain nutrients for the body. I'll link the article by "Today's Dietician" here. It's very interesting, but this is just a recipe that I am sharing, so you jump over to Today's Dietician to read more about it after saving this recipe.
I just love oatmeal, and have never found anything truly bad about enjoying a big serving of it every day. However, not until now have I discovered how good it is even if you don't cook it. *Although I did read in the above article to not eat it totally raw.

This is a breakfast smoothie that I concocted using soaked oats that is easy to whip up and very delicious, so thought I would share. 


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Here is what you need:


OOPS! I failed to put on the needs list that you need a good blender. But honestly... I guess that sort of goes without saying, right?

Here is how you concoct the Soaked Oats Smoothie:
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  • 1/3 c blueberries (Or any berry you prefer. I choose blue because they are so loaded with antioxidants that I need for brain health)
  • 1/2 c Organic Greek Yogurt 
  • 1 medium frozen or fresh banana (I keep frozen banana just for smoothies because it makes them colder but you don't have to use a frozen one.)
  • 1/4 c cocoa nibs
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1 T honey
  • about 1/3 cup old fashion oats
  • I do not include almond milk nor ice cubes in the first run of the blender in my smoothies.  Because my smoothies are typically concoctions, meaning I just throw stuff in and see if I end up with a winner, I wait to see what the consistency is going to be.  Also, I use a lot of bananas and because sometimes they are larger than others, the amount of liquid needed can change.  And I use ice to make them really cold if I do not use frozen fruit.

  • After your smoothie is, well, smoothed, start layering your glass.  Oats first, in bottom, then smoothie, ...oats, smoothie...you get it.  I reserve some dry oats and chai seeds for the top just because I think it's prettier that way, and pretty food is tasty food.  We all know that.  After your smoothie and oats are built (minus the topping part), put it in the back of your fridge for a couple hours. Or wherever the coldest part of your fridge is.  Mine is the top, back portion. Sadly, things actually freeze there in my fridge if I am not careful.  

And that is all ya do.  See. Easy. 
Hope you enjoy this smoothie concoction as much as I do.  I think I will mix one up now, and have it for lunch.

Cheers Y'all! 
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