How to make a smoothie in minutes
1. Prep ingredients ahead of time
Having pre-made zip lock bags or resealable clip jars packed full of chopped up fruits and vegetables eliminates a lot of the fuss in the morning. Here’s what you will need:
● Freezer safe zip up bags (gallon size) and/or resealable glass jars
● Vegetables such as spinach, kale, avocado, beets, carrots (any veggies of your choice)
● Fruit (especially seasonal) such as mango, blueberries, pineapple, melon, apples, pears, raspberries, strawberries, grapes, cranberries, banana
2. Chop and measure ingredients
Cut up into small enough portions so the blender doesn’t have to work so hard.
1. Fill your bag or jar with fruits and vegetable pieces. If you are using jars, start with your fruit on the bottom. If you make various combinations, you can label the bags for quick reference.
2. Place your bag or jars in the refrigerator and/or freezer. You might want to leave a few in the fridge that are going to be used right away. Otherwise put your smoothie packs in the freezer. Using frozen ingredients also gives the smoothie a thicker consistency. Label with name of recipe (or ingredients) and date. Store in freezer for up to six months.
3. Make your smoothie! Remove the bag or jar from freezer or fridge and add to the blender along with your liquid of choice (almond milk, coconut milk, water, milk, etc) and any of the following ingredients: Greek yogurt, flax meal, chia seeds, protein powder, coconut flakes and ground natural peanut or almond butter.
When you are ready to blend…
Remove bag or jar from freezer and pour ingredients into blender along with the liquid and powder (if you are adding). I prefer almond or coconut milk for the liquids. Blend and drink up!
Bonus: For more juicy fruit flavour, you can take your smoothie creation out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost a bit. If you choose to do this, I recommend freezing the dark leafy greens separately from the fruits so they don’t get soggy while defrosting.
You can also make your smoothie ahead of time and store your smoothies in a tightly sealed container for up to three days in the fridge. I like to stick with glass jars or use the blender’s bottle.