Recipe & Food Styling | Oats-Banana Smoothie
“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” ~ Andy Rooney.
I am enjoying my journey as a food stylist and was in for a pleasant surprise the other day when I received a call from the ace photographer Venkat Ram.
The photo-shoot was for a popular South Indian brand, Hatsun with a good network in dairy products. The photo-shoot was for their new venture into ready-to-eat frozen food product line by the name Oyalo.
The frozen mock-tail snacks are tiny bites and are really handy when you need to plan a quick party at short notice. I had to remake some of the food products such as frozen mini samosas, cheese balls and cutlets to make them heat resistant and to look good in front of camera.
I had a wonderful time working with Venkat Ram, whose positive inputs and active involvement during the entire photo-shoot made it a memorable experience!
I was comfortable working from his beautiful kitchen in the studio…some of the goodies and props lined up for the shoot.
Mandatory pack-up shot after the shoot…ace photographer, representatives from client & Ad agency and me….#sweetmemories
Oats and Banana Smoothie
During the days when I have shoots and need to leave home early, I grab a quick sandwich or make a filling smoothie for me.
- 2 tbsp. quick cooking Oats
- 1 medium banana
- 2 dates
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- 1 cup plain milk
- 4-5 almonds
- 1 tbsp. honey (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder
Method; Roast the oats quickly for a few seconds and take it out in a plate.
Finely chop the dates and almonds.
Add the roasted oats, chopped dates and almonds in the glass of milk and let it soak for 3-4 minutes.
Peel and chop banana into small cubes.
Add all the ingredients into a blender and grind to a creamy consistency.
Pour the Oats and banana smoothie in a glass and serve.
- Add crushed ice to transform the smoothie into more frothy and delicious cold drink.
- Replace milk with coconut milk or almond milk for more nutrition.
- Add roasted flax seeds and more nuts & dried fruits such as blueberries, raisins for different flavor.
- Soak oats in milk or plain water overnight in a refrigerator for easy grinding.
- You can replace banana with mango or strawberry or any other fruit of your choice.