Health and Fitness By Mae Davies / August 28, 2015 When you hear the mention of banana and oatmeal, it’s likely you’d suddenly think about breakfast. Since oatmeal is usually consumed as a breakfast food item, and banana slices are normally added to it, there wouldn’t be anything strange with thinking so. But have you ever enjoyed these food items in smoothie form? If you haven’t, we strongly suggest you check out the many fat blasting smoothie recipes available online, starting with a banana-oatmeal smoothie. In case you’ve only now heard of fat blasting smoothies, they are healthy beverages mainly consisting of fruits that when consumed can give you the vitamins and minerals you need daily in order to remain healthy without causing you to store excess fat or calories. The beverages also have properties that can have other positive effects in your health. If you work out, you might think that fat blasting smoothies have no difference from fruit juices. While both these beverages can give you several health benefits, we believe consuming one of these smoothies can make you feel fuller than consuming a healthy fruit juice, making the former more effective in helping you avoid gaining weight than the latter. We also believe these smoothies are more delicious than healthy fruit juices. In case you need further convincing, here’s a simple, easy, and effective fat blasting banana-oatmeal smoothie that we suggest you try out for yourself: Ingredients 1/2 a banana 1/4 cup of oatmeal 1/2 cup of skim milk 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt 2 tsps of flaxseeds 1 tsp of honey 1/2 cup of ice cubes Procedure Using a blender, blend together all the ingredients. Pour the resulting Fat Blasting Banana-Oatmeal Smoothie into a glass. Enjoy. Not only is the banana a convenient snack, but this fruit also has several properties that are all beneficial to your health. To begin with, the fruit contains little calories (e.g., an 8″ banana contains only 105 Cal), enabling you to consume plenty of it without worrying that you might gain weight. But the fruit does contain high amounts of insoluble fiber, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, and vitamin B-6, enabling it to boost your metabolism and help you with digestion when consumed. Oatmeal contains insoluble fiber and little calories, too, enabling it to boost your metabolism, help you with digestion, and avoid gaining weight as well. The rest of the ingredients are beneficial to your health, too. Like both the banana and oatmeal, skim milk, honey, yogurt, and flaxseeds contain little calories. When consumed, skim milk can give you the amount of calcium your body needs daily. Studies have proven that the body needs to maintain the level of calcium within in order to avoid storing excess calories or fat. Honey can stop you from craving sugar and help with repairing your body as well as burning the fat within. Yogurt can help you lose weight by way of the probiotics it contains. Probiotics are live organisms that are safe to consume and that can aid digestion and thereby promote weight loss. Flaxseeds can curb your food cravings by way of the alpha linolenic acid they contain. The presence of this plant-based omega-3 fatty acid in your body can make you feel full, enabling you to eat less than usual without feeling deprived. Given the above fat blasting banana-oatmeal smoothie recipe, we hope you’ll be able to enjoy the fruit and the breakfast food item in a way that will be more beneficial to your health than just helping you start a day right.