Frosty The Snowman Christmas Smoothie – A Tasty Treat With Incredible Nutritional Benefits!
It’s time for the third Smoothie in our Calendar!
This wonderfully frosty smoothie is bound to put a smile on anyone’s face, as well as a jolly treat in anyone’s belly! It’s fresh, creamy and super duper delicious, and makes for a great breakfast option, or just a nice little snowy treat.
Most coeliacs can eat gluten-free oats (Nb: check with your health professional before introducing new foods! –Read about gluten in oats on this link), and for those who can, it adds fantastic nutritonal value to their diets! Not only are oats rich in vitamins and minerals, they provide a great source of soluble fibre which helps to regulate the gut. Oats can be considered a prebiotic, because it creates an environmen in our intestine which helps the right bacteria to flourish.
I am one luckily coeliac who thrives when eating oats, as my body absolutely loves all the benefits it brings. Oats have helped my belly stabilise, and I even had oatmeal made up for me on the morning of my wedding day to make sure the nerves didn’t get the better of me. Oats are, in so many ways, my ultimate safe-food and saviour!
Amongst it’s health benefits, oats can boast with the ability to lower cholesterol levels, stabilise blood sugar, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, prevent heart failure, lower type 2 diabetes risk, enhance immune response to infection, protect against breast cancer, and protect against childhood asthma (1). In fact, oats are such a wonderful food, that it should be used a whole lot more often!
A good place to start is this fantastic winter smoothie,
(Recipe inspired by “Kitchen Concoctions‘” version bearing the same name)
- 2/3 cup probiotic yogurt (dairy-free for paleo/vegan/lowFODMAP; strain through a coffee filter to make it thicker)
- 2 tablespoons honey (or maple syrup for vegan/lowFODMAP option, or 3 pitted dates for paleo)
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
- 2 frozen bananas, sliced
- a dash of organic vanilla
- dash of cinnamon, for topping
- Optional extra treat: marshmallow fluff and mini-marshmallows for decoration
I hope you’ll enjoy this delicious snowy treat, and by all means
– check back in for number 4 in our calendar:
the Cold But Warming Mulled Apple Smoothie
This article has been a collaboration between Kristine, and our health expert, Nick.
sources: (1) http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=54