Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie

I’m always in a specific predicament — figuring out what to do with bananas that are about to go bad. My kids never eat them fast enough, and before you know it, the bananas are more brown than yellow. So I’m always game to finding new ways to use them before I lose them.

Oatmeal SmoothieOne way I use them is in smoothies.  Lately I’ve been reading about oatmeal smoothies, and thought I’d try one out, thinking it would be a nice balanced breakfast alternative. With protein, fruit, calcium, and carbs, this is a pretty well-rounded smoothie, if I do say so myself.

It’s not super-sweet, but then again, it shouldn’t be. And it does have a texture to it. I have a Ninja blender and mine came out pretty smooth, but it does still definitely have some “meat” to it with drinkable small pieces of oats and almonds.

Nora wasn’t a huge fan, but didn’t really give it a fair chance, with her sip the size of a pea. Sophia drank a whole glass, and actually said, “It tastes like breakfast!”

A 12-oz serving is a perfect breakfast or snack, and a healthy alternative to all that processed gluten-free cereal. And this one is sure to help stave off the cravings!

Fill ‘er up oatmeal smoothie
Makes about 2 12-oz servings

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop gluten-free protein powder
14 dry roasted low-sodium almonds
1/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
Dash of cinnamon

Directions:
This one is pretty easy. Throw it all in a blender and blend until smooth!

Nutrition: According to the recipe calculator I used on myfitnesspal.com, one serving equals: Calories: 238; Carbs: 35g; Fat: 7g; Protein: 13g; Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 15g

Try different combinations to find an oatmeal smoothie that will fill you up!

P.S. Peel and freeze your “almost bad” bananas for future smoothies!

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Disappointed in Mrs. May

In the San Francisco airport looking for some gum and a good beach read, I stumbled across a few gluten-free snacks I’d never seen before.

Although, I am sans kids and have no new need to buy GF for myself, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a new product–Mrs. May’s Almond Rice Stix. They come in a couple different flavors, but I chose the Mango Strawberry.

Honestly, I didn’t have high hopes as I opened the bag. Even the picture on the front of the bag looks like these “stix” would live up to their name and be dry, hard, and tasteless. My husband’s comment was something along the lines of ” those look awful.”

Although these weren’t the worst things I’ve ever tasted, they did live up to my low expectations. Dry is an understatement. Crunchy–certainly, and slightly sweet, so I guess there’s some truth in their advertising. The cane sugar that they use as the glue to keep it all together also got stuck in my back teeth, so if you don’t want to risk losing a filling, steer clear.

If I was starving and had no other options, sure I’d eat these, but I’d have to eat the whole bag to feel like I actually ingested any calories. Yet there are plenty with 130 calories and 4 grams of fat in each serving and 4 servings in this tiny bag.

Definitely not a kid-friendly choice, by my standards and I know Nora would turn her nose up at it after one bite, give it the silent “no” headshake, and throw away the rest.

I am constantly amazed at the unappetizing foods that make it into full production and show up on store shelves. Was there no taste-tester panel that could have nipped this product in the bud before it hit the market? Or am I the only the one that thinks these aren’t worth the money it takes to make them?

Somehow I don’t think it’s just me.

Erbert & Gerbert go gluten-free

Never heard of the sandwich chain Erbert & Gerbert? Me neither, until this morning. Sitting in traffic, on my way to the airport this morning, I relaxed in the back seat and read USA Today. I’m not really a newspaper reader, but traffic was bad and the driver was silent so I gave it a shot.

Much to my delight, I found a small article on page 5B of the Money section that states this awesomely named sandwich chain is now offering 3 GF soups and Udi’s GF bread to prepare their sandwiches with. They also have dedicated GF equipment to help avoid cross contamination. Although if Erbert & Gerbert is anything like Panera, I might be reluctant to eat there with all the other gluten flying around. Regardless, its great to see another restaurant chain catering to the GF market in their offerings.

Do you have an Erbert & Gerbert near by? Will you try their new GF foods? Let us know how they are!