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Strawberry-Grape Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Strawberry-Grape Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
Sick of eating overnight refrigerator oatmeal soaked in milk or cooked oatmeal porridge? Here’s another variation to an oatmeal recipe – the ultimate breakfast smoothie shake. Throwing in slices of fruits, rolled oats and a splash of milk into a blender to whip up a healthy smoothie for breakfast. Here’s my favourite version of breakfast smoothie – strawberries with grapes for a tinge of fruit sweetness and some rice milk with oats. This is part of my semi-vegan/semi-vegetarian diet of the week. 

Strawberry Grape Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

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Ingredients


Strawberries 
Grapes
Old-fashioned Rolled oats (uncooked)
Rice Milk 

The quantity of each ingredient is not stated because it’s really up to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, toss in more grapes. If you’d like a more watery sort of smoothie, pour in more rice milk. You don’t have to rack your brains in the morning to figure out the quantity. Just follow your heart and trust your gut feeling. It’s all in you.

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I am substituting dairy milk with organic rice milk which are now sold widely at most local supermarkets here in Singapore. It’s about double the price of a regular 1-litre carton of fresh milk but cheaper than nut-based milk like almond milk.

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Rice milk is type of grain milk processed from brown rice. As you can see from the photo, the rice milk is less thick and creamy as compared to other types of milk. There’s a certain amount of sweetness in rice milk due to the natural enzymatic process that breaks down the starch content in rice into simpler sugars when producing the milk. So which is better, cow’s milk or rice milk?

Rice milk is slightly lower in calories as compared to full cream milk and a much lower fat content than cow’s milk. That makes it a great milk substitute for those who are dieting and losing weight. However, in terms of protein and calcium content, rice milk contains lesser protein and calcium. But these days, the rice milk sold in supermarkets are fortified with calcium just like the Aussie Dream’s organic rice milk which is enriched with calcium.

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Since the rice milk has a rather think consistency, the addition of oats will add bulk and thickness to the overall texture of the smoothie. Load up the cup with oat for some fibre and protein. Together with the calcium-enriched rice milk, this cup of smoothie would be a wholesome and nutritious one for the first meal of the day. It’s quick and easy too. I just need to spare about 5 minutes of my time to prepare the smoothie in the morning.

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If you like, you could try blending bananas, peanut butter, oats with cinnamon which makes a nice creamy smoothie as desserts.


Toast to oatmeal smoothie!





You may have noticed that the world is turning to greens and going organic. There’s also a surge of people who are embracing fitness into their lives. It’s amazing to witness this movement or change in the world just as I was going through this phase of transformation myself in my own small world. Watch this space as there will be more health and fitness-related articles to come!

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