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Most of us have been raised on oatmeal. It’s been an American breakfast staple since the mid-1800s.

There’s a good reason for this. Oatmeal is nutritious and filling. And it’s the perfect, warm, comforting breakfast on a cold winter’s morning.  

Plus, you can dress up your oatmeal to taste pretty fabulous. You can add maple syrup and raisins, cinnamon and apples, and an assortment of other sweeteners, fruits, and nuts.

Despite this, oatmeal can sometimes get a bit stale when you eat it day after day after day.

How can you get the health benefits of oatmeal while having a nice change of pace?

To switch things up a bit, why not try an oatmeal smoothie?

The Health Benefits of Oatmeal – Why It Should Have an Important Place in Your Diet

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We’re so used to oatmeal in our lives that we kind of take it for granted.

We know it’s healthy, but we’re not sure exactly why. It’s something to do with heart health, right?

But ask us about the latest superfood trend and we can rattle off all of the health benefits in just a few seconds.

We’re more likely to eat something if we know why it’s healthy. So, instead of heading out to buy the latest – and likely, more expensive – superfood, why not try something that’s probably already in your pantry?

Here are some reasons why you should eat more oatmeal:

  • It contains between 11% and 191% of RDI for various vitamins and minerals
  • It’s high in antioxidants
  • Oatmeal is a great source of fiber
  • It can lower bad cholesterol
  • It can be used to control blood sugar levels.

Oatmeal Smoothie Recipes – This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Recipe for Oatmeal

Those who have an aversion to oatmeal generally feel that way because of a bad childhood experience they had with this type of hot porridge.

Maybe they tried it all alone and found the flavor to match the color: Beige and boring.

Others may not like the consistency of oatmeal, while others don’t like warm cereal regardless of its flavor or consistency.

Thankfully, you can still take advantage of the health benefits of oatmeal without having to eat it by the spoonful. Instead, why not try an oatmeal smoothie?

Here are a few recipes that might turn you into an oatmeal fan after all.

Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie by Crème de la Crumb

When you check out this oatmeal smoothie recipe, the first thing you’re going to be struck by is the color. It’s a beautifully rich purple color. We’re sure when you see it your mouth will start watering.

The recipe is fairly easy to make. Plus, you can change up the flavor and color by simply alternating what kinds of frozen fruits you decide to use. Here are the ingredients for  Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie by Crème de la Crumb.

Ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Milk
  • Frozen berries
  • Honey
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Ice

Coffee Smoothie by Diethood…the Eating Effect

Nearly everyone needs a coffee kick first thing in the morning. Instead of drinking coffee and a separate smoothie, why not combine them? Ingredients of Coffee Smoothie by Diethood…the Eating Effect

Ingredients:

  • Strong brewed coffee
  • Banana
  • Rolled oats
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Flaxseed Meal
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Honey

Banana Oat Smoothie by Martha Stewart

Bananas have been a staple for oatmeal lovers for years. If you love bananas and cinnamon in your oatmeal, we’re sure you’ll love this oatmeal smoothie. Here the ingredients for Banana Oat Smoothie by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Low-fat, plain yogurt
  • Banana
  • Fat-free milk
  • Honey
  • Ground cinnamon

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie by Chef Savvy

Are you looking for a breakfast smoothie that will give you a lot of energy? This is the smoothie to do it. The fat and protein in the peanut butter will keep you satisfied and energized throughout your morning. Ingredients for Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie by Chef Savvy

Ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Banana
  • Soy milk

Smoothies Are a Great Way to Incorporate Healthier Ingredients That You Might Not Like at First

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So, you say you’re not a fan of oatmeal? No problem!

The great thing about smoothies is that you can incorporate healthy ingredients that you may not normally eat without really tasting them.

This is especially true with oatmeal. Oats have a pretty mild flavor, which means that when you add other ingredients – like fruit, nut milk, yogurt, etc. – you barely even taste the oatmeal, if at all.

And you can do this with other healthy ingredients that you might not like either.

Jason Vale, also known as the Juice Master, was a guy who hated vegetables, particularly broccoli. After getting into juicing, he started adding ingredients that he wasn’t crazy about, like a little bit of broccoli here and there.

He added just enough to make his juices and smoothies more nutritious, but not enough to change the flavor of his drinks.

You can do the same thing with smoothies. With just a bit of experimenting, you can find smoothie recipes that have amazing health benefits, while managing to still taste incredibly delicious. Enjoy!