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1 BUFFALO CHICKEN SALAD

Buffalo Chicken Salad Recipe

Looking for a healthy, easy meal prep idea? You got it right here with this buffalo chicken salad built with slow cooked chicken, crisp lettuce, and homemade Ranch… making it the perfect combo for a healthy, meal prep lunch!

Watch how it comes together fast in the video below:

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Easy Peach Cobbler Smoothie

This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. All opinions are my own.

If you like sipping on smoothies, then you’re going to love this oat peach smoothie recipe! Thanks to frozen peaches, oats, and almond milk, this refreshing smoothie tastes like dessert, and it’s good for you.

Frozen peaches, almond milk, ice, oats…. hold up? Oats? YES! I know, I know, who would’ve thought oats would be so great in a smoothie, but I promise guys, it works! Thanks to my friends at Quaker Oats, this smoothie provides over 7g of fiber per serving and has a creamy, thick texture I love.

What kind of oats do you use in smoothies?

Aside from veggies, there are tons of nutritious ingredients, like oats, you can add to any smoothie to give it a boost of fiber: and Old Fashioned Quaker Oats are my number one go-to because adding a 1/2 cup of oats provides 4 grams of fiber to my smoothie.

They’re one of the most versatile ingredients from baked oatmeal, to energy bites and cold treats such as this one, so you’ll find them in my pantry at all times.

Top Smoothie Benefits

On busy mornings or days when I need a wholesome option I can make to-go, smoothies are my go-to! By adding in a 1/2 cup oats to my smoothie, in just 3 minutes I can pack as much nutrition into one glass as I can in a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. That being said, let’s take a look at the benefits you can get from smoothies:

  • Quick

While most of us appreciate sitting down to eat, that isn’t always possible, which is why smoothies are total lifesavers. With the right combination of ingredients, you can get nutrients from different food groups that can provide the fuel you want to help keep you going.

  • Boost with Veggies

We all know spinach and kale are super foods but one problem: some people don’t like them.

However, blending them with fruit is a smart way to disguise the flavors and give your family the full nutritional benefits of veggies.

Example:  Add a bunch of spinach (or kale) to this smoothie. It will still taste delicious and boost it in nutrition.

  • Nutrient Dense

Some days, getting all the fruits and vegetables our bodies need in one day can be difficult, however blending it into a tasty, sippable smoothie makes it much easier.

With this smoothie, you also get the benefits of whole grains, like vitamins, minerals, and fiber from the oats.

  • Digetsive Health

Consuming foods high in fiber like whole grains, fruits, and veggies can help support a healthy digestive system.  

What nutritious things can be added to smoothies?

Thanks to the sweetness of fruit, you can add in nutritious ingredients like seeds, nuts, and protein powder and never taste them but reap the benefits.

Here are a few of my favorite smoothie add-ins that also happen to be delicious, check them out:

  • Oats
  • Greens
  • Avocado
  • Flax seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Nut butters
  • Plain nonfat or low-fat Greek yogurt
  • Cinnamon
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Protein powder

Do you put ice in smoothies?

I personally like to add a little ice to my smoothies to thicken them and chill them. For this smoothie, I recommend frozen peaches, so it comes out colder and deliciously sweet.

I know some blenders have trouble putting out a smoothie with a silky smooth texture because of the ice. In that case, definitely use frozen peaches and eliminate the ice in this recipe.

I’ve found that by using frozen fruit, I was able to reduce the amount of ice and achieve the perfect creamy, icy smoothie.

How to make a Peach Smoothie

Making a smoothie is simple. I’ve found that the steps below make it easier for any blender to blend to a smooth consistency.

1. Add your liquid.

Start with deliciously cold almond milk.

2. Then the oats.

Where would I be without them?

3. A pinch of cinnamon.

It is a Peach Cobbler Smoothie after all!

3. Add your peaches

I’m using frozen, but you can use 3/4 cup fresh chopped peaches.

4. Ice

This is optional. Add more cubes if your peaches are fresh

5. Close the lid and blend.

The most important part.

6. Pour

Once everything is nice and smooth, pour yourself a tall glass and enjoy.

More Healthy Oats Recipes

Looking for more healthy ways to make oats a part of your day? Good thing because we’ve got the recipes! Check out some of our top oats recipes below:

Be sure to head over to QuakerOats.com for more amazing smoothie recipes using oats.

Easy Peach Cobbler Smoothie

Thanks to frozen peaches, oats, and almond milk, this refreshing peach smoothie taste like dessert, and it’s good for you.

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender in the order listed above. Blend for 45 seconds until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 392
  • Sugar: 41.6g
  • Sodium: 290.5mg
  • Fat: 4.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.3g
  • Fiber: 8.8g
  • Protein: 8.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Steak Tacos with Cilantro Chimichurri

Say hello to these amazing, let me repeat AMAZING, steak tacos! Juicy, flavorful beef with tangy chimichurri and a little heat from homemade pickled jalapenos, hold on to your socks because they’re about to get knocked off!

The day is finally here! I get to share my favorite beef tacos with the whole world and of course, YOU! Catch the action in this video then come back and let’s talk tacos. I’ll be right here.

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Delicious Carrot and Zucchini Bars

These Carrot Zucchini Bars are super moist, fluffy, and a genius way to enjoy a tasty treat AND eat your vegetables.

I’ve had this recipe tucked away for a while and after a few weeks of making it on repeat for the family, but after recently coming across it I decided it was time to share it with you guys:

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Easy Zucchini & Parmesan Savory Waffle Recipe

In the summertime, when zucchinis are plentiful, I try to find creative ways to feed my family zucchini. I’ve found everybody loves a good waffle, and these savory waffles are the perfect way to veggie-up everyone’s favorite meal. Zucchini waffles are cheesy and delicious, and your family will hardly notice that they are filled with veggies!

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How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s a fact; we moms are always looking for ways to better ourselves and live a healthy lifestyle. For you, this could mean eating better, getting more sleep, exercise, stressing less or all of the above!

Whichever category you fall into, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean drastic changes, taking small steps can make the biggest impacts. To get you started, I’m sharing tips that I practised to help me eat right, move more, and enjoy time with my family.

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