I was born and raised in the State of Guanajuato, Mexico, which is famous for many things, like the cajeta from Celaya made from goat’s milk, cheese from Apaseo, silver and mummies from the city of Guanajuato, the delicious bread from Acámbaro, and luscious strawberries from Irapuato, among many other things. Thinking about these treasures always brings back beautiful memories which I try to share with my family, especially during Hispanic Heritage Month, which we are celebrating right now in the United States.
I remember the many breakfasts we had at home during the week which were fast and light. We had to make it to school on time, but during the weekends, we ate more for breakfast. We were always fans of fruit smoothies. They were delicious, easy to make, and provided so many of the vitamins, proteins, and minerals we needed to start the day well. I remember preparing so many smoothies during my childhood and adolescence, mostly with those strawberries from Irapuato. I have vivid memories of the many baskets of strawberries that my mom bought each week at the market. We washed them, removed the stems, and threw them in the freezer. Our smoothies always seemed more like milkshakes because of it.
In recent months, I have made a conscious effort to include more protein at breakfast. We feel better when we do that and we stay satisfied longer. One good way to get more protein is to add oatmeal to our smoothies. The oatmeal gives the smoothie a thicker consistency and it tastes exceptionally good.
Tasty and nutritious, what more could we ask for?
This is my Strawberry and Oatmeal Smoothie recipe (We call it a licuado in Spanish), it’s easy and only take a couple minutes to make.
- 1 package of Strawberries & Creme flavored Quaker instant oatmeal
- 2 cups milk
- 8 frozen strawberries
- 2 Tablespoons honey
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
That’s it, it’s so easy.
Lastly, check out this Spanish infographic with interesting information about protein and breakfast.