Make Ahead Smoothies

Make Ahead Smoothies

Everybody loves smoothies and if made correctly, they can actually be healthier for you than cereal, a breakfast bar and especially a fast-food meal.  However, not many people have the time or desire to get up early in the morning, cut up fruits or vegetables, assemble ingredients and get it all mixed up before everyone has to get out the door.  Luckily, there are several quick make-ahead options that can help you cut the daily preparation time in half. 

MAKE-AHEAD SMOOTHIES

The easiest method to make-ahead smoothies is to simply make a big batch of smoothies during your day off.  Purchase some freezer cups (either glass or plastic freezer containers) that can withstand the cold.  Make a big batch of your favorite smoothie and pour into the cup.  Leave a little room in the top because the smoothie will expand as it freezes. 

The night before, pull one of your frozen smoothies from the freezer and place in the refrigerator for overnight thawing.  Shake before drinking and enjoy a quick and nutritious grab-and-go breakfast. 

FREEZER-SMOOTHIE PACKS

If you prefer to make a different smoothie every morning or want to wait and see what you’re in the mood for, the freezer smoothie packs are your answer. 

The key to successful freezer smoothies is to get very small snack-size freezer bags and freeze small portions of fruits, vegetables and liquids separately.  This way, you can pull out a package or two of items you want, drop it in your blender, add your liquid, whirl away and go.  Some ingredients you may want to keep at the ready include:

  • Bananas, grapes, blueberries, strawberries, kiwis, peaches, mango, pineapple
  •  Kale, spinach, arugula, collard greens, bok choy, swiss chard, parsley, dandelion greens
  • Leftover cooked vegetables such as pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, beets
  • Coconut milk, kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese

Helpful hint:  during the fruit/vegetable season – buy extra of your favorite fruits or vegetables at lower prices from your local farmers.  Clean, slice and freeze!  They can remain in the freezer all year long.

As soon as you wake up in the morning, grab a few bags out of the freezer and allow the frozen fruits and vegetables to get a little soft.  Throw it all in the blender with a cup or two of your liquid and mix up exactly what hits the spot.

POWER-PACKS FOR SMOOTHIES

Perhaps you really, really like your fruits and vegetables fresh, but you still want to make a smoothie that takes less time.  Limit yourself to one or two fruits and vegetables and supplement with powders to get some extra nutrition.  Mix up some powders in small packages and store for easy use.  Simply add a package or two to your smoothie to get a quick power boost. 

Some powders/additions you might consider for your power-packs include:

  • Natural whey protein powder
  • Hemp powder
  • Moringa powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseed powder
  • Pumpkin seed powder
  • Sprouted oats
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Cocao powder
  • Wheat Germ
  • Wheat Grass