Blueberry Ginger Smoothie
Smoothie of the week!
We've been listening and we know everyone wants breakfast smoothies that are kid friendly. "No green colored smoothies, please." Ask and you shall receive.
Here is what you need:
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
½ cup ice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
¼ to ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
Place the oats and ½ cup water in a blender.
Let soak until the oats have softened, about 15 minutes.
Add the blueberries, yogurt, ice, sugar, and ginger.
Blend until smooth and frothy.
Bonus ginger notes:
Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.
Bonus rolled oats notes:
A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine confirms that eating high fiber foods, such as oats, helps prevent heart disease. Almost 10,000 American adults participated in this study and were followed for 19 years. People eating the most fiber, 21 grams per day, had 12% less coronary heart disease (CHD) and 11% less cardiovascular disease (CVD) compared to those eating the least, 5 grams daily. Those eating the most water-soluble dietary fiber fared even better with a 15% reduction in risk of CHD and a 10% risk reduction in CVD.