Smoothies are one of my favorite breakfast options because they’re so easy to make yet they’re still capable of providing you with everything you need from a healthy balanced breakfast. Take the recipe that I’m going to be sharing today for example. It makes a nutrient-dense strawberry oatmeal breakfast smoothie that is absolutely packed with amazing ingredients. Like seriously. It includes berries, rolled oats, spinach, avocado, flax seeds, and more! Everything added into this recipe works perfectly in tandem to create one exceptionally delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie.
A Balanced Breakfast Drink
I’ve been on a huge strawberry smoothie kick as of late (they’re seriously so good guys, be sure to check out this spinach and strawberry green smoothie and this superfood chocolate and strawberry smoothie as well). I’ve loved the taste of strawberries since I was a kid and even now I just can’t get enough of it. With that being said, this just might be the most nutritious smoothie recipes I’ve ever made. Not only do the strawberries provide a ton of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but by adding in a healthy green option like spinach you’re giving the smoothie a fantastic one-two punch combo of antioxidant goodness.
Along with the strawberries and spinach, you’ll be adding a couple of high quality fat sources into this smoothie in order to make it more satisfying. First up is ¼ cup of chopped avocado, which adds a great mix of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and dietary fiber to this recipe. I try to make it a point to eat at least one avocado per day — they’ve been associated with a better overall diet and nutrient intake with a lower risk of metabolic disease when consumed daily. (1)
In addition, you’ll be adding one tablespoon of flax seeds to the smoothie. Much like the avocado, flax seeds are great for your heart health due to their high omega-3 fatty acid and fiber content. Research has shown that flax seeds and flax oil are both great for helping to reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. (2)
Speaking of ingredients that add fiber, this recipe also uses ¼ cup of rolled oats to give the smoothie its “oatmeal” consistency. Along with fruits and vegetables, rolled oats are one of the few other carb sources that I include in my diet because of how nutritious and filling they are. They’re also another excellent choice for individuals who are focused on keeping their heart health in check, as oats have been shown to lower both bad LDL cholesterol levels and blood pressure. (3)
For the liquid base of the smoothie, you’ll be using one cup of milk and a bit of ice. However, before blending everything together you’ll also want to add two more great ingredients that help to improve the overall flavor of the smoothie while also providing even more great nutritional benefits — cinnamon and honey.
They’re both excellent sources of antioxidants in their own right but they each add so much more than that to this recipe. Honey is one of my favorite all-natural sweetening options thanks to its great taste and it works amazingly well with this smoothie. Meanwhile, cinnamon provides numerous other benefits such as relieving inflammation and helping to prevent metabolic syndrome (4) — this tasty herb truly is a superfood that makes a great addition to this recipe.
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Nutrient-Dense Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup chopped avocado
¼ cup rolled oats
1 tbsp flax seeds
½ cup frozen spinach (or 2 cups fresh spinach)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp honey or to taste
½ to 1 cup ice
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.