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Simple Smoothies Done Right!

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This morning, I had been in such a rush to get out the door, I thought making a smoothie would be the perfect “go-to” option! Hurrying trying to toss ingredients into the blender I managed to spill my frozen spinach on the counter, dribble almond milk down my arm, and trying to cut a peach took much longer than anticipated. My breakfast in a hurry quickly turned into a less than anticipated headache. So, this little breakfast snafu inspired me to help all of you by creating ready to go smoothie packages! Read below to discover an easy, mess free, time saver way to enjoy a nutritious breakfast.

To assemble the freezer bags, place the recommended serving of greens, fruit, and ice cubes (if desired) into a large freezer bag. Write the name of the recipe on the front of the bag, and lay flat in the freezer. When you’re ready for a super quick, mess free meal, toss into a blender with water, milk, or milk substitute, and whip up! For a little something extra, try adding a smoothie booster packet. Follow one of the recipes below or combine your own ingredients.

Almond Butter and Jelly

  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • *Smoothie booster packet filled with oats, cinnamon, and chia seeds.

Tropical Delight

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup coconut milk/milk

August Blueberry

  • ½ cup greens
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ¼ cup avocado (slice and keep in fridge, don’t freeze)
  • 1 TBSP almond butter
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk/milk substitute

Pumpkin Pie Spice 

  • 1 banana
  • 4 T pumpkin puree (see above about freezing in trays)
  • 1 cup milk/milk substitute
  • *Smoothie Booster:  pumpkin pie spice seasoning, oatmeal, and flax seed

Choco- Cherry 

  • 1 cup cherries
  • ½ banana
  • ½ cup kale
  • 1 cup milk/milk substitute
  • *Smoothie Booster: cocoa powder, cinnamon, chia seeds

Sunrise Smoothie

  • ½ cup mango
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • 1 cup milk/milk substitute
  • *Smoothie Booster: coconut, chia seeds, cinnamon

Mood Booster

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • Smoothie Booster: cinnamon, PB2 powder, instant coffee grounds

 

Make ahead ideas:

  • Freeze milk or milk substitute into ice cube trays and once frozen toss into a freezer bag.
  • Make Smoothie Booster Packets: combine any of the following into a Ziploc bag- ¼ cup oats, 1T chia seeds, 1T flax seeds, 1 t cinnamon, 1T-2T cocoa powder, 1T pumpkin pie spice blend, 1 t instant coffee grounds, 2T coconut flakes, or 1T-2T PB2 powder (dehydrated peanut butter).
  •  Use frozen spinach, Swiss chard, or kale. Portion and dump into your simple smoothie freezer bag.
  • Try freezing pumpkin puree into ice cube trays for a creamy pumpkin pie smoothie!
  • Greek yogurt can be frozen into ice cube trays. The extra protein, calcium, and vitamin will give the smoothie even more nutrients. I’d suggest ½ cup serving size for these recipes.

Mornings can be rough, let’s not make them more difficult than they should be. Sip something simple, tasty, nutritious, and uber delicious!

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