The combination of apples, chia, oats, and cinnamon in this recipe make a perfect breakfast smoothie loaded with dietary fiber and protein. This is a simple and easy breakfast on the go that helps to keep you satiated till lunch and prevents unhealthy snacking which in turn aids weight loss.
Almond milk used in this smoothie is a smart and healthy substitute for whole milk which makes it suitable for people following a vegan diet or those who are allergic to lactose. Cinnamon adds a spicy kick to this smoothie and makes it taste almost like a flavourful apple pie.
Apples are an extremely nutritious fruit that contains a wholesome amount of dietary fiber along with vitamin C, vitamin A, and copper. Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps to increase satiety, improve digestion, control blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol in the blood.
Apples also contain a generous amount of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that boosts collagen production in the skin and prevents wrinkles and fine lines. Vitamin C also boosts the immune system and prevents cold and flu. Vitamin A present in apples protects the cells against free radical damage and reduces the risk of cancer and degenerative eye diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration.
Omega-3 fatty acids found in chia seeds help to improve heart health and reduce the risk of diabetes. Chia seeds are a good source of calcium that helps to maintain strong bones and teeth and aid nerve transmissions.
Rolled oats are a rich source of nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals that improve overall health. Rolled oats are a whole grains food that reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer. Rolled oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber that aids digestion, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol level in the blood and aids weight loss and improving satiety and reducing total calorie intake.
Oats also supply a considerable amount of protein to the body that boosts energy production and helps to maintain and repair muscles and tissues. Oats are a rich source of thiamin and folate that supports energy metabolism, maintain nervous system health and supports the synthesis of red blood cells and DNA.
Dates not only add a mellow sweet taste to the smoothie but also supply a generous amount of dietary fiber, antioxidants and essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and iron. An abundance of dietary fiber (soluble fiber pectin) in dates helps to reduce the risk of diabetes and high blood cholesterol.
Minerals potassium and magnesium help to reduce high blood pressure, support energy metabolism and maintain healthy and strong bones. Iron present in dates boost hemoglobin production and prevent anemia.
Cinnamon is a widely used spice that has amazing benefits in case of blood sugar management. Cinnamon has the ability to lower fasting blood sugar levels. Cinnamon helps to lower the total cholesterol in the blood while raising the level of healthy HDL cholesterol.
Almond Milk is used as a thinning agent in this smoothie and it is a healthy low calorie substitute for whole milk. Almond milk is loaded with vitamin E along with protein, calcium and vitamin D that helps to build strong bones and muscles and provide healthy skin.
Here is the recipe…
- Apple – 1
- Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon
- Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Dates – 4
- Rolled oats – ½ cup
- Almond milk – 1 cup
- Chop apple and toss them in the blender.
- Then add oats, dates, chia seeds and cinnamon powder to it.
- After that, pour unsweetened almond milk in the blender and blend all these ingredients at high speed until smooth.
- Pour this smoothie into your serving glass and enjoy this smoothie to get rid of your excess weight and to stay healthy.
This is a 100% vegan smoothie that does not contain cow’s milk or any dairy product which makes it suitable for people with lactose intolerance and those following a restrictive diet.