Adding oatmeal to your morning smoothies is a surefire way to boost energy. Oatmeal contains high levels of manganese, a trace mineral that optimizes the thyroid gland’s output of metabolism-boosting hormones. This results in faster fat burning, increased energy and brighter moods in as little as 20 minutes after eating an oat-enriched meal.
What’s more, enjoying a daily serving of oats can help keep you healthy and vibrant through the cold and flu season. Italian researchers report that a unique fiber in oats called beta-glucan stimulates activity of macrophages—white blood cells that help kill illness-triggering bacteria and viruses.
Here’s the yummy recipe:
1/2 small banana, sliced and frozen
1/2 cup frozen** raspberries**
1/2 cup quick-cooking** oats**
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup low-fat milk
In blender, puree all ingredients 30 sec. or until smooth, adding more milk if needed. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
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