If you want to shed excess weight, boost your metabolism, control your blood sugar and cholesterol, you need to try apple, lemon and oats smoothie. This simple, yet delicious beverage is full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber that will fill you up and help you lose weight easily and healthily.
Apple, Lemon Oats Health Benefits
Oats could be considered a superfood: they’re incredibly nutritious (manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron, folate, vitamin B group), high in dietary fiber and antioxidants. Consuming oats regularly can help you:
- control blood sugar; studies have found that eating oats lowers blood sugar and increases sensitivity to insulin;
- control cholesterol; studies show that beta-glucan fiber present in oats reduces both total and LDL cholesterol levels;
- lose weight; oats are high in dietary fiber which makes them very filling.
Apples, especially green apples, are highly nutritious, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Eating apples can help you lose weight, as they’re high in water and fiber, making them very filling. Apples are also good for:
- Heart health,
- Blood sugar,
- Gut health,
- And even brain health.
Lemons or lemon juice is a great source of vitamin C which is a fantastic antioxidant that not only boosts the immune system but also helps protect cells from free radicals. Lemon juice also aids digestion and can support weight loss, as polyphenols found in lemons help increase insulin sensitivity and promote fat loss.
Without further ado, here is the recipe for this super-healthy, weight-loss-promoting smoothie.
- 3-4 tablespoons of oats
- 1 green apple
- ½ lemon juice
Start by soaking your oats overnight. In the morning, when the oats are ready, cut the apple into large pieces and leave the peel on (just make sure it’s washed thoroughly). Put the oats and the water used to soak them along with the apple slices into your blender and add lemon juice. Blend well and drink up for breakfast.
Tip: you can add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon and some berries into your smoothie if you like – this will make your smoothie taste sweeter and will boost the antioxidants content.