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At lunch time for many people having  just 1 turkey wrap just isn’t enough to keep you full untill diner time. Many people load up on crackers or what have you to keep their tummies from rumbling for a mid afternoon snack. Here’s a little  trick that I recently discovered (possibly invented – patent pending haha).  To accompany your light lunch. Make a smoothie,but not just any smoothie – an oatmeal smoothie. Since oatmeal is a soluble fibre is slows your digestive system which helps you to feel fuller longer. Oats boost

A wrap and an oatmeal smoothie. A filling lunch option.

your fibre intake and are extremely beneficial to ones health.  Oats are considered a heart healthy food and help lower the rick of  heart disease.  Eating oatmeal can assist in stabilising your blood sugar as well as work as an anti carcinogenic which fights cancer. Sounds pretty good right? Personally I prefer Quaker banana nut oatmeal. It adds good texture and flavour to a smoothie.  This is my recipe for my all time favourite lunch time smoothie.

1 package Quaker banana nut oatmeal

3 tbsp water

2 cups vanilla soy milk

1 hand full frozen field berry mix

1/2 a handful of fresh raspberries

3-4 tbsp raspberry yogurt (any flavoured yogurt will do)

1 tsp of matcha green tea (optional)

Now try that and tell me you don’t love it!

I’m a smoothie lover, I make one pretty much every morning. It is the best way to get a massive helping of fruit and nutrients in a quick way first thing in the am. I keep a plethora of fruit in my freezer to keep my smoothie habit up. Everyday is usually a different smoothie recipe as I like to switch it up and keep it interesting. The more fruit I can cram into the blender the better. For one person I find that you typically don’t need any more than a cup and a half of liquid in the blender, whether that be water, juice, milk etc (I find a mix of liquids is best). Costco sells a huge bag of mixed fruit that I find lasts for months. It’s full of peaches, grapes, pineapples, melons and more than I sometimes blend all together or pick through to make different smoothie flavours. A blend of frozen and fresh fruit makes for a lovely texture and as we all know, fresh is best. Other ingredients that I add to my smoothies are different liquid supplements. I add 1 ml of Aloe Vera juice, which is  full of over 200 biologically active components and helps support a healthy digestive system, and supports muscle and joint functions as well as many other benefits. Another liquid supplement I sometimes add to smoothies is Liquid Omega-3. I use a flavoured liquid as I find plain fish oil is just too yucky to swallow, plus the flavour hides the fishy scent. Omega-3 has many amazing health benefits such as helping to maintain strong bones, teeth and night vision. It’s also great for keeping skin supple looking and is a healthy immune system support to name a few. Since these two liquid supplements aren’t exactly the most delicious flavours I find that anything over 1 ml is too much. Toping off your smoothie with yogurt is a healthy way to add sweetness and mask the supplement flavours. I use a variety of yoghurt but anything that’s has probiotic or even greek yoghurt works well. Another wonderful way to boost your smoothies nutrient count is to add greens. A small handful of spinach adds iron while a small helping of romaine lettuce is a huge vitamin A,C and K supplier. So next time you’re grinding up coffee beans for your morning boost, try a smoothie instead!