This post was sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company.
It’s officially the season of smoothies… summer, that is! A cold fruit and/or veggie smoothie is my beverage of choice in the warmer months not only because it is super refreshing and delicious, it is also an efficient way to help get more nutrients in the day.
Smoothies are a convenient way to get nutrients especially when you are short on time. When you take advantage of the natural sweetness and goodness of fresh fruit, you can sneak in other nutritious ingredients while masking their often-bitter taste like a handful of spinach or teaspoon of hemp seeds.
When we think of oats, we typically picture them warm in a bowl for breakfast in the fall or winter. I bet you never thought of oats in smoothies!
But don’t knock it ‘til you try it!
Oats are a nutritious blank canvas, which makes them the perfect addition to a fruit and vegetable smoothie in the summer. They are highly versatile offering countless possibilities to get more nutrition and taste out of what we eat every day. Oats, like other whole grains, are a source of complex carbohydrates. Consuming oats over the course of the day can help increase whole grain consumption, an area that most Americans fall short on according to NHANES data.
I’ve developed an oat smoothie for every fruit lover this summer! Whether you lean toward berries or tropical fruits, you will love these recipes. Let me know on Instagram if give these a try.
And for even more great smoothie recipes, visit QuakerOats.com.