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I could have a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! This is such a great post
Then this is perfect for you Katrina!
A suggestion for the protein powder. I make a smoothie every morning, and I wound up ordering unflavored, unsweetened protein powder from trueprotein.com. I order 5lb at a time and it runs me about $7 a pound. Then I can just add whatever flavors, fruits, coco powder, etc., that I want and not worry about clashing flavors. I also like knowing that whats in my protein powder is just whey protein, no chemicals or artificial sweeteners or flavors.
Thanks Kara! That is just what we were looking for.
I had the same problem but I wanted a plant based protein powder. My favorite is now Sun Warrior Warrior Blend. It comes in plain as well as vanilla & chocolate.
How do you thaw the fozen smoothies?
Sit them out on the counter or in the fridge overnight.
Yay! Thank you Bree I live with roommates who work nights and so making a smoothie in the morning ins impossible for me when they have that schedule. This is perfect. Now to find some room in the freezer.
It is worth moving some stuff around!
Bree I love this idea! My son loves smoothies and he would enjoy this as a treat at school!
Six Smoothie Pack Recipes
Smoothies are like a gateway to eating healthier. They are one of the easiest ways to pack in nutritious foods into your diet. You can use a variety of ingredients to suit your personal tastes and health goals. From vegetables that youll barely notice, frozen fruits that provide sweetness and antioxidants, avocado for healthy fats, yogurt and even rolled oats! The options are truly endless for what you can make for healthy smoothies. This is why I love smoothie packs so much. Theyre an easy way to prep ingredients for a weeks worth of delicious smoothies.
Pina Colada Smoothie Pack
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The pina colada smoothie pack is made with frozen pineapple, banana and unsweetened shredded coconut. Save this recipe for when youre craving something tropical.
Ingredients for strawberry oat smoothie pack:
- 2 cups pineapple chunks
- 1 banana sliced into pieces
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Smoothie Instructions: When ready to make, dump the smoothie pack contents along with 1/2 cup coconut milk or your choice of milk into the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy . Serve and enjoy!
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How To Prep Your Smoothies For The Week
If you follow this blog, you probably know were big fans of batch prepping meals to save time and money, and keep on track with healthy eating. But lately weve been into prepping our protein shakes, too.
Youve most likely seen the advertising on social media for pre-made deliver-to-your-door smoothies to make life easier. And while we think thats a super great idea, its not always affordable.
And, hey, why spend money when you dont have to? Because if you have a blender, an ice cube tray and 20 minutes to spare, you can prep your shakes for a week without much fuss. Heres how:
STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR FAVE RECIPE
If youre choosing to make a full week of smoothies, multiply your recipe by 7. Or choose a few if you want variety. If you need fresh protein shake ideas for the new year, weve included four below.
STEP 2: GRAB YOUR BLENDER AND STORAGE CONTAINERS
Any blender will do. We like to use ice cube trays and Ball jars for storage.
STEP 4: BLEND, POUR, FREEZE
Add all of your ingredients to the blender until smooth. Then pour into your ice cube tray and place in the freezer. One ice cube tray will make 4 servings. If youre making more than one type of smoothie, pour one serving into 4 of the ice cube openings. Cover tray with tin foil and freeze until ready to use. .
STEP 5: RE-BLEND AND ENJOY
- 1 serving Life Time Fitness Fiber
- 1 scoop Life Time Fitness Berry Life Greens
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup mixed berries
Will The Smoothies Separate When Defrosted
After 8 hours, no. If you leave it to defrost over 24, it might. Justin once left one in the fridge for two days. It separated. But, it still tasted fine. Just give it a good shake.
Let me know if you have any more questions about freezing smoothies in the comment section below. Share this morning hack if you think itd help smooth out someones morning.
Have you ever frozen a smoothie?
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What Youll Need To Prep Smoothies In Advance
For years, I used a $40 blender. A few years ago, I received my first high-speed blender, a Blendtec. Then, a couple of years ago, I upgraded to a KitchenAid Pro Blender. If you plan to make a lot of green smoothies, or smoothies containing hard ingredients , a high-speed blender is the way to go. Yes, high-speed blenders can be pricey and require budgeting over months and years. To save money, I highly recommend checking out the Blendtec refurbished site if thats the brand youre looking to purchase.
Note: Dont let the desire or feeling that you need a high-speed blender keep you from prepping smoothies. Any blender will work great for a basic fruit/soft veggie smoothie recipe. My $40 blender lasted 8 years!
2. Freezer-Safe Jars.
If you have the freezer space and plan to freeze smoothies youre going to need freezer-safe jars. Freezer-safe mason jars are my favorite with the plastic screw-on lids. I can use them for soups, smoothies, broth, salad dressing, and so much more. They are also freezer safe thanks to the thick glass and wide mouth. The plastic lids dont rust so I recommend using them for freezing.
3. Push-Up Pop or Popsicle Molds.
I like to freeze extra smoothies in push-up pop or popsicle molds. Over the years Ive used both reusable and one-time use molds. Personally, I like the one-time use plastic moldsthey are are much better for traveling or the lunchbox since they dont require washing. Smoothies can also be frozen in popsicle molds.
S For Preparing Smoothies Ahead Of Time
Method 1: the ice cube tray method
This is my personal favorite way to make smoothies ahead of time because you can either choose to enjoy the smoothie right away by blending up the smoothie ice cubes, or you can allow the cubes to thaw to room temperature then simply give the smoothie a shake.
Method 2: the mason jar method
Method 3: the freezer pack smoothie
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How To Freeze Dairy
This is definitely one of the questions I get asked often. Whether you just want to stock up on your favorite dairy product when its on sale or make sure it doesnt go bad when youll be off for a few days, its good to know that you can easily freeze dairy products, and especially greek yogurt.
Frozen milk and cream are best used within 2 months, while cheese can last up to 3 months without losing its taste and consistency.
When freezing greek yogurt, make sure to use them within 2 months. Yogurt may get a little grainy when frozen, but once you whisk it well or incorporate it into your smoothie, you wont be able to taste the difference.
For freezing the greek yogurt for these smoothie packs, I find it helpful to freeze using a simple ice cub tray. Each slot is about 2 tbsp. so I use that as a basis for how much to grab and put into my freezer pack. You could also plop greek yogurt out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then freeze individually before adding to the smoothie packs if you dont have an ice cube tray.
What Is A Smoothie Pack
Smoothie packs are the ingredients youll need to make 1-2 servings of a smoothie all put together. If youve ever found yourself struggling in the morning with time or motivation to put a smoothie together, then this is a method you must try!
You can batch prep a bunch of smoothie packs, pop them in the freezer and have smoothies for the entire week or even month! It just depends on how many you want to make.
When youre getting started with smoothie packs, I recommend making a max of 5. This will help you get the hang of it first. Make sure to label the flavor on the front of the bag, along with any extra ingredients that are needed. For example, I do not recommen adding the milk until youre ready to blend. All of the recipes below require 1/2 cup milk .
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Add Extras When Blending
If you want to add dry ingredients like chia seeds, protein powder, dried spices, etc. to your smoothies, I find it works best to add when blending rather than to the bags. Unless you like digging stubborn chia seeds out of plastic bags.
But flavor enhancers like fresh herbs and spices can definitely go into the bag before freezing. My favorites: fresh basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, ginger and turmeric.
What Should You Prep
Meal prep is all about saving you time so you can get past the cooking, stick with mostly healthy options, and on to staying fueled throughout the entire busy week! Here are a few things to try:
Pre-Cut and wash all veggies for all recipes> really if you just do this you are ahead of the game. It saves so much time in so many ways because the ingredients are ready, and you dont have to pull out or clean cutting boards and knives.
Protein options? sometimes I prep meat ahead of time and sometimes I make it early during the week and eat it over and over again
Smoothies planned? make smoothie packs ahead of time
Protein shakes for breakfast? see below
Oatmeal? make overnight oats
Salads? you can do the mason jar salad thing or what we do is just make all the salads except the dressing, we use disposable cups for dressings
Need grains or sweet potatoes for a recipe? If I dont buy them pre-cooked, then I cook them ahead of time in my meal prep. Usually, I make leftovers and freeze them, so I dont always have to cook these when I need them
On the go breakfasts or snacks? healthy baked or no baked goods to eat, cut and washed fruit, etc
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Mango Yogurt Smoothie Pack
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The mango yogurt smoothie pack is made with frozen mango, banana, plain yogurt, and fresh ginger. Youll love how refreshing this smoothie is. I love to use this one as a mid-afternoon snack in our house.
The ginger definitely adds a bit of kick to the smoothie. So you might want to add more or less depending on what you will enjoy.
Ingredients for mango yogurt smoothie pack:
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 banana sliced into pieces
- 1 inch of fresh ginger skin removed
Smoothie Instructions: When ready to make, dump the smoothie pack contents along with 1/2 cup milk into the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve and enjoy!
What Makes A Healthy Breakfast Smoothie
So this is 2 part:
1. Make sure you like it! Choose flavors and ingredients you like and opt for a smoothie because you enjoy it, not as a should. Enjoying our food is such an important part of a healthy relationship with food.
2. Nutritionally, here are some tips for putting together a healthy, balanced meal prep smoothie.
- Start with fruit and veggies: Aim for ½ -1 cup of fruit to start + a handful of greens if you like!
- Make sure to include protein: protein helps balance blood sugars and keep us full longer after eating. Some of my favorite smoothie proteins include Greek yogurt, hemp hearts, tofu and even black beans!
- Dont forget fat! Fat is our satiety factor! Add avocado, hemp hearts, chia seeds, flax or nut or seed butters for extra creaminess and a smoothie that will leave you feeling satisfied
- Include a complex carbohydrate like oats for an extra boost of fuel! While youll get some carbohydrates from the fruit it may not be enough to sustain you. Oats add a subtle flavor and lots of fiber to help balance blood sugars!
Alright, now that you know all the tips and tricks to master the art of smoothie meal prep, here are 15+ recipes to get you started!
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My Template For Unlimited Smoothie Recipe Ideas
Heres a guide to customizing smoothies so you can use just about any kind of leftover fruit and veggies you have at home, but still make a tasty and balanced smoothie. Start with this basic recipe or ratio and you can adjust to your liking:
- 2 cups of fresh vegetables : spinach, kale, alfalfa sprouts, cauliflower, ginger, carrots, microgreens
- 1 cup of fruits : pineapple, apple, watermelon, banana, berries, lemon, coconut, cucumber, peach
- 1-2 tbsp protein: protein powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, nut butter
- 8-16 fl oz of liquid: water, coconut water, almond milk, oat milk, greek or coconut yogurt
- Boosters: goji berries, dates, cacao powder
What Type Of Blender
With thousands of options on the market, how do you decide what kind of blender to buy?
A blender is always worth the investment. Not only will you use it for green smoothies, you will keep it busy with blending soup, making salsa and whipping up other sauces and dressings. But if you plan to make green smoothie recipes frequently, you want a blender that can handle it. Some blenders even have a smoothie setting, a giveaway that this is a perfect blender for your purposes.
Look for these features:
- A large container if you plan to use this recipe for meal prep. Green smoothies store for up to four days, so you want at least 48 ounces to blend at one time.
- A wider bowl shaped bottom is very efficient at combining all the ingredients.
- A blender that is powerful enough to cut through frozen fruit and tear tough dark greens like kale. Choose one that has a minimum of 600 watts.
- Consider other things you want in a blender. Are you low on space? Do you need one that is dishwasher safe? All of these options are available!
- Vitamix is the best blender on the market and what I use it’s definitely worthwhile if you’re going to make smoothies often! The one I have even has a self-cleaning feature!
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A Piece Of The Puzzle
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Let me know how your freezer smoothies go, friends!
Im proud of you for taking this step to better your health! Youre unstoppable! Ohhh yeahhh.
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