We are all busy. Healthy eating often falls low on the priority list. The best solution I have found so far is to make a batch of green smoothie packs for the freezer!
You will need: Fresh or frozen fruit (I use fresh bananas, and frozen berries and pineapple), baby spinach, & freezer safe storage bags (quart size). When you’re ready to blend, you will need yogurt and milk/water/juice, and honey or other sweetener.
Set aside some time on a Sunday afternoon and you can quickly assemble enough smoothie packs for an entire week (or more)!
These are 100% customizable. Through trial and error you will find your favorite smoothie recipe!
To make: Add spinach and fruit(s) to each baggie. I use about 1.5 oz of spinach, and 1.5 – 2 cups of fruit, plus half of a banana.
TIP – Cut the banana into small pieces before adding to the bag! This will make it much easier to blend later.
Squeeze excess air out of your bags, seal and pop in the freezer! If you want, you can also write the ingredients, date and instructions on the bag with a Sharpie.
To enjoy: remove a bag from the freezer and blend with additional ingredients. I use 1/2 to 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk, and 1 tablespoon of honey.
To make it your own: You may prefer a different yogurt or milk, or even a splash of orange juice! Switch the spinach out for some kale! Alternative sweeteners include stevia and agave syrup. Use what you like best, and what makes you feel good! Flax seed, oatmeal, protein powder and chia seeds could also be added! Play with it and have fun.
Green smoothies are an easy lunch for me to eat while holding a baby and chasing after a toddler. They’d make a great breakfast too, especially for commuters to drink on their drive in to work.
I always drink mine out of my hot pink Contigo Shake and Go tumbler. It has a really neat feature, where if a wild toddler or grabby baby yank out my straw, the lid auto-seals! That way you don’t end up with green smoothie in the carpet!
What fruits (or veggies) do you like best in smoothies?
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