A delicious, creamy smoothie with, you guessed it, hidden veggies!
Looking for a new smoothie to try? How about one that is reminiscent of oatmeal cookies? Here you go!
You said hidden veggies?
You bet! I always feel like I’ve failed if I miss a perfectly good opportunity to incorporate some kind of veggie. Especially if it’s not even going to be noticeable! If I can’t taste it, and it makes me healthier, why not add it in?
This is especially great if you have picky kids who might normally turn their nose up at veggies.
And by the way, are kids actually really picky or have we just fed them junk and sugary treats all their lives and then expect them to love broccoli?
I don’t have kids so obviously I’m no expert, but my theory is if the mom is eating healthy while pregnant and the baby is introduced to healthy foods early on, they will grow up liking a lot of things we normally don’t expect them to like.
Or maybe there just are some kids who really don’t like veggies….let me know because I’m curious!
Ok, back to the smoothie….
Zucchini is the star of the show!
Although you can’t taste it, there is a cup of frozen zucchini in this oatmeal raisin cookie smoothie recipe! When making Trim Healthy Mama E smoothies, sometimes we might miss that creaminess that comes from fats like avocado and coconut oil.
No need, there are some slimming alternatives!
Of course things like avocado and coconut oil are amazing for you, but when we are keeping the fats low to avoid fuel stacking, it helps to have a few tricks up your sleeve.
Frozen zucchini and cauliflower are two great options to throw into smoothies to add creaminess. And of course you are also getting all the health benefits of extra veggies so it’s a win, win!
Don’t forget about whey
Another ingredient that creams up E smoothies and smoothie bowls is whey protein powder. It also magically fluffs them up! It’s just such a great Trim Healthy Mama ingredient to have on hand if you make a lot of smoothies.
I usually do half a scoop of collagen and half a scoop of whey so that I’m getting the unique health benefits of both, plus the creaminess from the whey.
It’s important to make sure the whey you are buying is cross-microfiltered whey isolate. This process removes the fat, cholesterol and lactose, leaving a pure protein source that even some people who are sensitive to dairy can tolerate. It is also much easier for your body to digest, and since the fat is gone, you don’t need to worry about any oxidization happening.
What are the health benefits of whey?
Protein is essential for so many things.
It releases a hormone called glucagon, that actually signals your body to break down fats. How cool is that?
It slows down the absorption of sugar into your blood stream, which is helpful for maintaining the even blood sugar levels that are so crucial for sustainable weight loss.
Your body burns off more calories digesting protein compared to other foods. Your thermogenic temperature goes up which in turn boosts your metabolism!
Whey powder also contains Alpha-lactalbumin which is an extremely bio-available type of protein.
Alpha-lactalbumin in turn is nature’s highest source of Tryptophan, a much needed essential amino acid that is necessary for our bodies to produce serotonin. Serotonin helps regulate our appetite, improves our mood and helps us sleep better, all critical components of healthy weight loss!
Glutathione is another nutrient found in the somewhat magical whey protein powder. This powerful antioxidant helps promote a healthy immune system.
While any type of protein is beneficial, adding in whey provides another source that is quick to throw in smoothies for an on-the-go option, and is easy for our body to absorb.
What is a Trim Healthy Mama E recipe?
If you are familiar with the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, you know that E, which stands for Energizing, are the meals that are higher in healthy carbs but low in fats.
Since our bodies run on either fats or carbs, we THM people like to separate these two fuels to make it easy for our bodies to burn off our food! If we are combining fats and carbs, it can be hard to burn through all the fuel we are giving ourselves.
The opposite of E meals are S meals, where we keep carbs low and are more liberal with all the healthy fats. I explain this in more detail in the post I wrote called ‘What Is Trim Healthy Mama?’, so check that out!
This oatmeal raisin cookie smoothie is a light E
Since there is only 1/4 cup of oatmeal in this recipe, and a few raisins, which are also a source of carbs, this smoothie is a very mild E. I did try making it with 1/3 a cup of oats but it tasted too ‘oatmealy’.
You could easily add in half a banana or a small banana to provide some extra carbs, or have another carb source on the side. An apple would also taste great in this smoothie! You would definitely need less sweetener in the smoothie if you added in some fruit.
And of course, it’s perfectly fine to just go with a light dose of carbohydrates! Actually if you omitted the raisins and molasses I’m pretty sure that would make it a Fuel Pull, since you can have 1/4 cup of oats in a FP meal.
It would be close to FP anyway lol.
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Ingredients you will need:
Frozen diced zucchini
Your favorite low carb sweetener
Equipment that might be handy:
Smoothies are pretty basic, but it definitely makes life awesome if you have a great high powered blender! We have a Vita Mix and I couldn’t imagine life without it!
Here is the printable recipe:
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Smoothie
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oatmeal
- 12 raisins
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- About 1 cup frozen diced zucchini
- 1/2 teaspoon molasses
- 5 pinches sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Scant 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup nut milk of choice
- 1 tablespoon Truvia or sweetener of choice
- 2 doonks of THM pure stevia extract
- 1/2 scoop of collagen powder
- 1/2 scoop whey protein powder
- 10 ice cubes
- Pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and raisins and let sit 5 minutes.
- In a blender, combine all the other ingredients except the whey and ice. Add in the soaked oatmeal mixture and blend until completely smooth.
- Add in the ice and continue blending until the ice is completely broken down.
- While the blender is running on low, add in the whey and blend a few seconds to fluff up the smoothie!
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