Healthy Smoothies for the Busy Person!
I am usually super busy in the mornings. I have kids to get up and going, a husband that needs to be up and going, dishes from the night before,a blog post to go out,a family to feed,a dog to take out, a toddler to chase, and the list goes on and on! I’m sure some of you know what I am talking about!
I was finding it really hard to accomplish all of those things and still measure out all the ingredients,chop all the fruit and veggies, and clean up from making the smoothie. Most of the time I just forgot and when I remembered I was in the middle of 20 different things and just didn’t want to create an extra mess. Of course then it would get to the end of the day and I had not had my smoothie. I never mind having just a plain shake with just this, ice, and almond milk. It tastes like cake and I love cake, but I really like to put stuff in it (like in this recipe and this one).
My solution- Make up smoothie packets ahead of time and have them ready for me anytime I needed them!
This has been so helpful to me and has really helped me get back on track with eating healthier again. It is so easy to do and so convenient- you just really have to try this!
This is how I did it-
To get started I pulled out everything I had in my freezer,fridge,and cabinet that I wanted to put in my smoothie packets. I knew I needed oatmeal (to make my smoothie more filling), some Spectrum Essentials Chia Seeds, 12 Ounce for fiber and extra nutrition,fruit (I had tons of frozen fruit), and most importantly a “green ingredient ” for my smoothie ( I had kale and spinach).
Next I laid out my bags I wanted to use. I choose sandwich size ziploc bags. I did this becasue they were cheap,easy to rinse out and use again (yes I do that- Reduce,Reuse,And Recycle!!), plus they were what I had on hand. I didnt want to spend money on something fancy if I didn’t have too. I am so glad I went this route, it worked out so well for my freezer size (Ill explain below).
I opened up all the baggies ( I folded the tops over just a little bit them stay open easier) and started adding all the ingredients except the greens. I found if I did one ingredient at a time then the packets were done in no time,and each one had exactly what I needed in it.
Next I added in as much of the green ingredient as I could shove in the baggies,and sealed them up.
Each baggie had the following in it-
1 Tbsp of Spectrum Essentials Chia Seeds, 12 Ounce
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 cup of mixed fruit ( I just used a random combination of my frozen fruit in mine-strawberries,peaches,bananas,blueberries)
Big handful of kale or spinach
-when making these I was glad they were not all the same. It gave me some variety of flavors so I didn’t get bored.
After I got them all loaded up I put them in the freezer and let them flash freeze for a couple of hours. Once they were frozen I dropped them down in a gallon size ziploc bag. This kept them from getting freezer burned. It also kept them nicely organized and together so they didn’t get lost in my freezer. This helped with the convenience factor too. All I had to do is open my freezer,grab the big bag of smoothies,and pull one smoothie packet out.
To make the smoothies simply dump your packet in the blender and add 1- 2 cups of almond milk ( or whatever nondairy milk you prefer) , a scoop of my new favorite protein powder, and blend up! It is that easy!!
If you are in a hurry in the morning or if you just like the convenience of a no mess breakfast you should really try this idea out! These have been a real hit with my 6 Week Transformation clients ,so I hope they help you too!!
I told you what I put in my smoothie packets- What would you put in yours?
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