This is our present day selves, doing our future selves a favor. Make ahead smoothie packs!
Want to get through the holidays without feeling like total garbage? ME TOO. That means alternating between stuffing our faces with christmas cookies and smoothies. They’re such a great way to pack in a bunch of fruits & veggies in one sitting and the ingredients are relatively cheap and easy to put together. I’ve been doing this for a few months now, and it makes me 75% more likely to have a smoothie each day when all the work is already done! It’s a total game changer and speaking of changing- you can swap out any of the ingredients for your favorite smoothie ingredients: berries, other veggies, nuts, nut butters, you get the idea. You can really make this one your own!
This all came about because I’m not huge on smoothies for breakfast. I need a BIG breakfast, something substantial with carbs and protein that will hold me over until lunch and to be honest- a smoothie… just doesn’t do it. I usually reach for eggs & toast instead. BUT I still really love smoothies for a snack or for a lunch replacement so I started making these make ahead smoothie packs to bring to work- and that my friends is how the lunch smoothie was born.
I have a magic bullet blender on my desk (my co-workers don’t hate it at all) along with a big container of greek yogurt and almond milk that I stash in the office fridge. In the morning, I just grab a smoothie pack and blend it up come lunch time with a little bit of almond milk and greek yogurt and wa-la, lunch is done! Most days I work through my lunch, so this is a great way for me to pack in a bunch of fruits and veggies without having to go out for lunch or pack a big lunch to bring with me. However, you could totally make these smoothie packs ahead of time to blend up at home in the morning OR anytime for that matter. Like I always say, “YOU do YOU.” And that totally applies to this smoothie too.
The base of my smoothie always includes 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (Califa Farms is my favorite) and 1/4 cup of vanilla bean greek yogurt along with 1 scoop of collagen peptides for protein (and good hair & nail growth!) but I switch up my smoothie packs each week and here are some of my favorites:
Berries, banana, beets (I steam them before I freeze them) & almond butter
Orange, ginger, carrot (I steam the carrots before I freeze them as well) & banana
Spinach, banana, mango, banana & pineapple
Your future self thanks you.
- 4 bananas, cut in half, each smoothie pack gets ½ a banana
- 1 bag frozen mango, separated out into ¼ cup measures per smoothie pack
- 1 bag frozen pineapple, separated out into ¼ cup measures per smoothie pack
- 1 large container of spinach, 1 cup per smoothie smoothie pack
- chia seeds, ½ teaspoon per smoothie pack
- flax seeds, ½ teaspoon per smoothie pack
- Cut up and measure your fruit.
- Place each fruit and veggie into freezer safe ziplock bags
- Add you chia seeds & flax seeds to the bag
- Place in you freezer and grab whenever you're in the mood for a smoothie!
- When ready to make a smoothie, combine 1 smoothie pack with 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1 scoop collagen peptides,1 cup vanilla almond milk and ¼ cup greek yogurt and blend!
- They last in the freezer for up to a month.