After a long break, I have returned. And I am kicking off 2012 with a delicious, filling nutritious breakfast shake. Perfect for after those cold winter morning runs.
Just kidding…I am enthused for a new year, but it hasn’t stretched that far.Not yet, anyway!
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 2-4 dates, depending on the size
- 1/4 cup organic oats
- 2 cups water
- 1 ripe,speckled banana
- 1 teaspoon almond essence (optional)
Highly recommended– leave the nuts, oats and dates in soak overnight. (You mean you don’t plan your breakfast the night before?? 🙂 )
For interested parties: 1/4 cup of almonds = 24 almonds. This is equivalent to 170 calories (approximately), 15grams of wonderful nurturing heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and 6 grams of protein. Plus, half of your RDA of the antioxidant Vitamin E, 25% of your recommended magnesium, and plenty of manganese, copper and vitamin B2. I don’t necessarily advocate calorie counting in isolation, I think you have to look at the whole package…but I mention it nevertheless. PS Unroasted almonds with the skins on have been shown to have greater nutritional benefits than blanched ones. Fancy that.
Blend your soaked almond-oat-date mixture with your ripe banana, and enjoy.
Did you see that? 2 minutes planning the night before, and you get up to an almost- instant super-healthsome breakfast shake.
This is so creamy, sweet from the ripe banana and dates, has two kinds of fibre, vitamins, minerals, and so very filling…..Get your almonds in soak, quite frankly!