Today springtime is wearing its haziest winter mask. Mother nature is all in gloom and we are all reaping its quite depressing effects. However, I am choosing today to allow my food to paint the colors I wish were surrounding me in nature. Sometimes we have to create the rainbow if we can’t seem to find one out there.
So why not start the day off on a bright, vibrant, and luscious note. Let’s start the day with the color purple! (I see you Oprah)
I decided to do a refreshing purple berry smoothie alongside a warm bowl of blueberry oatmeal. This started my day off on a motivating note and in recognition that I have the power over my emotional state. Further, the food we choose can have such a powerful effect on our bodies. It can bring springtime colors to the grayest of april mornings. Or just an extra little smile when you need it the most!
- 1/2 cup of frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, black berries, strawberries)
- 1/2 cup of chopped cucumber
- 1/2 of an avocado
- 1/2 of a banana
- 1/2 cup of coconut water
- a splash of coconut/almond milk
- 1 package of “Nature’s Path Flax Plus” Oatmeal (cook as directed by package)
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup of water
- a handful of fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon of chia seeds
To begin, I put all of my smoothie ingredients into my Vitamix. I normally put leafy greens into my smoothies, but this time I decided to keep it light and fresh. (This is also something I do when I know I will be eating my greens later in the day or if I want my smoothie color to pop a bit more.)
Blend all smoothie ingredients until a smooth consistency is acquired. Then set aside.
In a small bowl place your oats, fresh blueberries, chia seeds, and water. Then heat together in the microwave or stove top as directed by package. When finished cooking stir everything together and allow the warm blueberries to break apart, releasing their bright purple color. I then topped my oatmeal with a spoonful of the smoothie to add an even brighter color and taste to the oats.
Then pour your smoothie into a cup and serve alongside your warm and delicious oats!
I hope this recipe brings some much needed color and light into your morning. Especially if you are on the East coast (not so) patiently awaiting that Spring weather we all keep hearing about.