This is one of my favorite and non-favorite times of year.
1. It’s getting warmer. Hello, high 60s. You are perfect.
2. I can still see things outside past 5:30 pm.
3. It’s warm enough to have smoothies again without having to bundle up in a fleece + blanket + slippers.
1. I hate the dang time change. Yeah, I like having it stay lighter but I do NOT like that daylight savings takes away my morning light that I just got back after winter. Darkness when I’m waking up? Not good. Ever.
2. This – and fall –> winter – is when I get sick. When it goes from cold to warm to rainy to snowing and back to sunny is when things get bad around here. I’ve had a bad cold twice in the past month. Let’s hope I’ve seen the last of it this year.
But back to smoothies.
I just can’t have them in the winter. And that makes me sad.
I’m usually already cold, even in the house, so smoothies don’t get made around here until the weather warms up.
To celebrate our awesome weather lately, I made a kid-friendly lunch for myself last week: a grilled pb&j and an awesome strawberry smoothie.
One of my favorite smoothies (blueberry muffin) uses oatmeal as part of the base, and I knew I wanted to try that with strawberries. The oats give the smoothie a heartiness that you miss without it, plus they add a nutty sweetness and texture, making this smoothie a filling option for breakfast, too.
I’ll be baking some bread again this week just so I can have this lunch again.
Welcome back, spring.
Strawberry Orange Oatmeal Smoothie
Makes: 1 smoothie
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- Add the oats and 1/2 cup milk to your blender and let it sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight, if you can, to soften the oats a little.
- In the morning, add the strawberries, orange juice, milk, ice, and vanilla and blend until the mixture is smooth.