Apparently I’m reliving 2012/pregnancy lately (not LITERALLY, although I did have a dream that I was unexpectedly pregnant, which was terrifying)–a couple of weeks ago, it was my pregnancy Refrigerator Pickles. I originally shared this recipe for what I cheesily dubbed a “power smoothie” back in 2012 when I was pregnant with my youngest (who turns 8 and the end of June, and I’m fine, I’m fine, I’m FINE, thanks for asking.) I still love it, but the pictures needed a makeover and the recipe needed some slight tweaking (I cut down on the sugar and upped the fat a little to balance out the macros). If it’s too tart for you, feel free to add a little drizzle of honey or agave! Read more after the recipe!

Power Smoothie from Our Best Bites

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Kate’s Power Smoothie


Description

This citrus and blueberry power smoothie is loaded with lots of goodness to keep you fueled, whether you have it first thing in the morning or as a snack!


Ingredients

1 cup orange juice (preferably the good stuff, like the not-from-concentrate orange juice)
2 tablespoons steel cut oats or oatmeal
3/4 cup 2% or full-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
3 cups baby spinach leaves
1 1/2 cups crushed ice


Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in the jar of your blender and blend. You will probably need to run it through twice. Serve immediately.
  2. Makes 1 giant smoothie, 2 smaller smoothies, or 3 snack-sized smoothies.

Notes

nutrition information (for 2 servings using 2% greek yogurt):

Calories: 211
Fat: 3
Carbs: 36
Sugar: 22
Fiber: 7
Protein: 12

This also has 211% of your Vitamin A, 116% of your Vitamin C, 37% Calcium, and 19% of your iron–not too bad for a snack!

Tip: To help your blender out, you can soak the oak groats in the orange juice overnight (either in the jar of your blender or in in a glass). This will make it easier to blend and will also eliminate a lot of the grittiness from the oats.

step in the way-back machine to 2012

Yeah, I know, that’s probably the cheesiest recipe title ever written. I’m sorry. I generally have a zero-tolerance policy for cheesiness. And yet…here we are. This smoothie and I have a special relationship and like all special relationships, there’s room for a little PDA, right, schnookie wookums?

I’m also trying really, really hard not to make every single one of my posts about being pregnant because I realize that the world is not pregnant with me and I also realize the world does not revolve around my pregnancy and me (unlike my first pregnancy when it did–just ask my sister Annie.)

That said, food and pregnancy are inextricably related, at first for the aversions and then for the cravings. Throw in the fact that, at least for me, a little too much salt, sugar, or fat can send a perfectly good day to a very bad place and I spend a lot of time thinking about food (and, let’s face it, I think about food a lot to begin with).

When I’m growing babies (let’s see how many euphemisms for “pregnancy” I can come up with in a single blog post), breakfast is a tricky meal for me. I need a lot of calories, I need them fast, I need complex carbs and protein, and I hate eggs. Also, I’m dead tired and trying to get two kids up, dressed, fed, not looking like orphans, and sent to school with a decent lunch as well as trying to get a dog to do her business rather than be distracted by the mean neighborhood cats that like to taunt her.

breakfast while gestating a human

I’ve dabbled in different breakfast options here and there, but most things either leave me feeling weighed down, starving, crashing, or filled with inexplicable road rage an hour later when I’m on my way home after taking my kids to school. (Sidenote: my husband just loves gestating Kate. I do believe I’m painting a lovely picture of myself right now).

So anyway, I started making this power smoothie a few weeks ago and it has changed my life. Totally not being overly dramatic here. I’ve tinkered with proportions and I still do from time to time, depending on how I’m feeling and what I’m in the mood for. No, it’s not super low in calories or sugar (although it’s not an over-the-top dessert smoothie made with ice cream or sherbet or frozen yogurt). Yes, it has a juice base, which I realize is not super cool or hip in the smoothie-making universe, and yet…I don’t really care. It does, however, keep me satisfied, energized, and feeling really great for a good three hours (at least). Like…it makes me feel like my batteries have been charged. (Yes, I know, we’re moving back into cheesy territory).

If I make and drink a full-sized smoothie (I usually cut it down by at least 1/3), it has 6 grams of fat, 14 grams of fiber, 24 grams of protein, and is loaded with potassium, Vitamin C, folate, calcium, and iron. It has a serving of dairy, 3 vegetable servings, and 4 servings of fruit (plus some change). Not too shabby, plus it’s freaking delicious. (On the downside, a whole smoothie has quite a bit of sugar…this smoothie is designed to serve 2).

how to make it

So what’s in this magical concoction of a power smoothie? Orange juice (try and get the good stuff, like the not-from-concentrate good stuff, not necessarily the fresh-squeezed good stuff, which you are often required to pay for with your firstborn child), 2% or whole plain Greek yogurt (I love Fage; make sure it’s actual Greek yogurt with twice the protein, not Greek-style yogurt that uses thickening agents), frozen blueberries, baby spinach, crushed ice, and steel cut oats.

power smoothie ingredients

Steel cut oats are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and help stabilize your blood sugar. They help keep you feeling full and satisfied. Plus, you don’t have to cook them, which is always a bonus in the morning. You don’t have to use them, and they will add a grainy texture to your smoothie, but I don’t mind it–the oats are sweet and they make me feel like I’m tangibly doing something good for myself, like running on the treadmill or giving up Teen Mom (neither one of which I’ve done lately).

In the jar of your blender, add your juice, adding orange juice to power smoothie

oats (you can actually do this the night before; soaking them will make them less grainy).

adding oats to power smoothie

yogurt, blueberries,

adding blueberries to smoothie

spinach (you can’t even taste it, I promise), and ice.

adding ice to smoothie

Should we talk about this ice for a second? I hated our freezer ice machine (Louisiana water is terrible, but my freezer icemaker is unfiltered. Throw in the fact that my ice always tasted like freezer because it was exposed in the freezer and I never used my ice because it was gross). I finally got this Igloo countertop ice machine from Sam’s Club. I still have to transfer the ice to the freezer, but I can store it in a freezer bag and only make it when I need it, so old ice doesn’t sit in my freezer for weeks. I thought it was silly at the time, but it’s seriously probably my favorite kitchen appliance right now!

Anyway. Blend thoroughly–my Blendtec handles it well on the smoothie setting, but you may have to run it through twice.

This is a serious smoothie. Take it with you when you drive your kids to school. Road rage crises will be averted.

power smoothie from our best bites

(These bamboo straws come from Grove, which is hands-down my favorite place to get natural cleaning, home, and beauty products!

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power smoothie from our best bites

Kate’s Power Smoothie


Description

This citrus and blueberry power smoothie is loaded with lots of goodness to keep you fueled, whether you have it first thing in the morning or as a snack!


Ingredients

1 cup orange juice (preferably the good stuff, like the not-from-concentrate orange juice)
2 tablespoons steel cut oats or oatmeal
3/4 cup 2% or full-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
3 cups baby spinach leaves
1 1/2 cups crushed ice


Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in the jar of your blender and blend. You will probably need to run it through twice. Serve immediately.
  2. Makes 1 giant smoothie, 2 smaller smoothies, or 3 snack-sized smoothies.

Notes

nutrition information (for 2 servings using 2% greek yogurt):

Calories: 211
Fat: 3
Carbs: 36
Sugar: 22
Fiber: 7
Protein: 12

This also has 211% of your Vitamin A, 116% of your Vitamin C, 37% Calcium, and 19% of your iron–not too bad for a snack!

Tip: To help your blender out, you can soak the oak groats in the orange juice overnight (either in the jar of your blender or in in a glass). This will make it easier to blend and will also eliminate a lot of the grittiness from the oats.

 

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168 comments

  1. LOVE smoothies! Have only just recently started adding spinach, but love it! Have never put any non-fruits-or-veggies in mine – not even yogurt, but especially never any grains, flaxseed, etc, etc. Will have to try it! Also wondering about the whole juice base being “not super cool or hip in the smoothie-making universe” – I’m not familiar with that. Is it really that big of a faux-pas??

  2. I am pregnant with my 3rd, and the way you described how you feel, about food and what you need, etc is exactly the way I feel! This sounds like a great recipe. I am definitely going to try it out. Some days smoothies are the only thing that sound good. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I loooove this post. I’m 30 wks pregnant and anemic and even my spinach and fruit smoothies are making me crash. Maybe groats are the answer? Worth a shot, definitely. Thanks!

    1. Tara, are you using the greek yogurt too, like Sara say, the extra protien will also halo ypu from crashing, and yes, the fiber and protien in the oats help a ton too. I used steel cut cause I already have a ton of them and they work as well as the groats. I would also use half a cup of milk and half a cup only of orange juice, less calories and sugar and more protein. (actually, I would use a third of a cup of each as this is a big smoothie) (or protien shake as I would call it!)

  4. Looks delicious! I remember when I was pregnant I usually ended up eating two breakfasts since I would be hungry less than two hours after eating the first time! The same thing sometimes happens now even though I’m not expecting. And I love the fact that it has spinach in it…I might start adding spinach to all my smoothies! :o)

  5. So I have a 16oz cup with a straw (like yours) should I half the recipe or cut it down by 1/3 to not have a ton left over?

      1. Half the recipe hit the 16oz mark EXACTLY. I did have to add a little more juice for my blender to handle it. Taste was awesome!I had to use apple instead of orange juice because of acidity but still, awesome!

  6. Hmmm…I’ve been on a major smoothie kick since going back to work after maternity leave. Banana is amongst my favorite, but I’ve been looking for other ideas since they aren’t exactly the best in the fruit department. I’m not a huge blueberry fan, but I bet mixing mango with the blueberries would be good!

  7. As a “Gestating Emily” (my husband just loves having me around as well 🙂 who fully believes in a ‘the world does revolve around me and my growing parasite’ pregnancy, I appreciate any post on foods that stay in my stomach and not in the toilet, on the floor, in a towel, or whatever else is handy to barf in! Thanks – p.s. you gotta try a chocolate banana protien shake with oats in it…saved my life and my marriage 🙂

      1. this makes me laugh – i’m also pregnant with #3 – due in september. now, this caught my eye because a couple weeks ago i got some stomach something (on top of gaggy pregnancy business) and puked up yogurt. i certainly will never be eating yogurt from a spoon again in probably my whole entire life, but i need the dairy (i think milk is yucky) – and this seemed like a perfect alternative. and. i. love. it. been my morning routine since friday! i added a half of a banana too.

  8. This looks super yummy! Could you cook the oats first? I’m thinking overnight in my crock pot. I’m not sure my cheap blender could handle them.

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