Go Whole Grain with a Matcha Green Smoothie Soak
I love my smoothies, you know I do. Blending up a bunch of energizing fruits and leafy greens is a great way to reward myself after a morning workout, or to fuel up for an active day. But sometimes, I want some whole grains, too. The fiber and nutrients in a bowl of oatmeal keep you full a little longer than other breakfasts. So I combined the two.
I know, I know, I can always make a smoothie bowl, like this one, and top the smoothie with gorgeous purple barley, or sprinkle any smoothie with granola. But this fun trick is much more akin to Muesli. Muesli was created in 1900 by Swiss doctor Maximilan Bircher-Benner, as a health food for his patients. It’s essentially a raw food, combining rolled oats, milk or yogurt, and grated apples and nuts.
I love a good, classic Muesli, but it’s always good to update things. So, by combining a green smoothie with the Muesli technique, we can add fresh leafy greens to the mix, and I think Dr Bircher-Benner would approve.
It’s also Whole Grains Month, so this is the perfect time to add a new whole grain habit to your life. The convenience of this recipe is a real selling point. Simply buzz up a smoothie, mix it with oats, and put it in the fridge. By morning, you have a tasty breakfast. You can simply grab the container and go, or you can spoon it into a glass and decorate it a bit with fruit, as I did.
Once you stir it up, you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, so you can have a great breakfast when you need it. If you want to mix and match with the ingredients you have on hand, go ahead. If you are not a kale person, a couple of handfuls of spinach might be milder on your palate.
To keep it green, you could add some yellow fruits, like pineapple or peaches. If you go with blueberries or raspberries, it won’t be as photogenic, but probably taste great.
Now you can get some oatmeal without stirring a pot of it on the stove, and throw in a green smoothie.
Green Smoothie Oats With Matcha
If you like a green smoothie, and also love oats, try a green smoothie oat soak. The oats gently absorb all the goodness of your kiwi-kale smoothie, and will be ready to go by morning.
- 1 cup almond or other milk
- 4 leaves kale stems removed
- 2 large kiwis save one for garnish
- 1 teaspoon matcha
- 2 tablespoons honey or other sweetener to taste
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- yogurt for serving
- sliced nectarne or berries for serving
Place the milk, kale, 1 peeled kiwi, matcha and honey in the Vitamix or other blender. Secure the lid and select Speed 1, turn on the machine and increase to High. Blend for 30 seconds or so to make sure the greens are completely obliterated.
Place the oats in a 4 cup storage container and pour the puree over the oats. Stir to combine, cover tightly, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to 4 days.
To serve, stir the oat mixture, then layer in a glass with yogurt, kiwi, and nectarine or berries. If desired, drizzle with more honey.