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Throw in some fruit, ice and oatmeal and make a great drink

Smoothies are a wonderful way to enjoy fruits of all kinds — not just the bananas and berries we're used to throwing in a blender but also more unusual choices, like nutrient-dense kiwis.

I like a smoothie that has more to it than fresh fruit, so lately I've been experimenting with adding oatmeal, nuts or nut butters and seeds. I've also been looking at old-fashioned Southern California recipes for “date shakes,” and I've come up with a few date-sweetened drinks that have seen me through many a morning workout at the pool.

Oatmeal spice smoothie

Oatmeal is a great addition to a smoothie; it's a thickener with lots of fibre and nutrients.

With the pinch of turmeric in this recipe comes curcumin, a compound that has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This recipe serves one.

Ingredients

Rolled oats: 1/4 cup

Water: 1/4 cup

Milk or almond milk: 1/2 cup

Ground cinnamon, to taste: 1/4-1/2 tsp

Turmeric: a pinch

Unsweetened applesauce: 1/2 cup

Apple, cored and diced: 1/2

Vanilla extract: 1/4 tsp

Maple syrup: 1 tsp

Lemon juice: a few drops

Fresh date, pitted (optional): 1

Method

Combine the oats and water in a two-cup Pyrex measuring cup or a three-to-four cup microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for two minutes.

Combine the microwaved oats and the remaining ingredients, along with a few ice cubes, in a blender, and blend at high speed. Serve at once.

MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN

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