Once again, I am not a cook. I am not trying to be a cook, don’t want to be a cook and frankly, don’t like to cook. However, we eat much better if I do cook, so I try to make it healthy and appealing whenever I can.
This all started because of those dreaded bananas that spoil too fast.
I’ve tried buying fewer, making banana pudding and other dumb sugary delights. They go in smoothies, pancakes and you name it. If I buy one banana at a time, I’ll spend more money in gasoline going back to the grocery store than I spend if a banana goes bad, unused. So the dreaded but healthy bananas can put you between a rock and a hard place. I also had a half large carton of plain Greek yogurt leftover. That’s when I stumbled on Melinda Johnson’s blog with recipes for a bunch of healthy smoothies. Bingo!!
Johnson’s Banana-Cinnamon Oatmeal smoothie may not capture your attention unless like me, you have a cup of oats left in the cabinet and those dreaded bananas, as well as the yogurt. The oats are not regular oatmeal. I had purchased the steel cut oats because they make more health sense. But more often than not, I don’t feel like pampering them to the edible stage. It takes too long. So I decided to see if they would crush enough for a smoothie. They did, but I had to let the blender go for a few extra minutes. There was also a carton of chocolate almond milk in the “frig”. I decided to use that instead of low-fat milk. Two teaspoons of any sugar was more than I wanted to use, so I used one teaspoon of brown sugar and a teaspoon of honey. Not bad!!
Melinda Johnson, MS, RDN, is the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics and a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Nutrition Program at Arizona State University. Follow her on Twitter @MelindaRD.
The point of Johnson’s article was the fact that smoothies can be fattening, especially when purchased already mixed, so her recipes are an alternative to adding too many calories. Check out her smoothie ingredients that may surprise you
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