We came up with the idea for these easy make-ahead smoothies this year when my son started school and our mornings got crazy. My husband is gone before anybody wakes up which leaves me one hour to get myself and three kids five and under fed, dressed, packed up for the day and out the door. I found myself falling in to the temptation of offering cereal and a banana every morning often enough that we wanted to have some healthier options for a quick breakfast.
Inspired by an expensive, sugar-filled smoothie kit I saw in the freezer section at the grocery store, we created our own smoothie kits. Basically, I put all the smoothie ingredients ahead of time in quart size freezer Ziploc bags and then throw it in the blender, add milk and yogurt and voila, a one minute healthy breakfast option.
The recipe below is basically what I’ve been using as a base. You can change it anyway you want for your family. Get creative and experiment to see what is yummy. This recipe will make a good smoothie and you can add anything fresh you have in to your blender the day you make it.
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Sliced Banana
1/2 Cup Pineapple
4 Green Ice Cubes (see below) or 1-2 cup Greens (Spinach, Kale, Chard, etc.)
2 Tbsp Flax Seed
Combine all above ingredients in freezer bags, seal and freeze. When ready to use, pull out bag, put in blender and add 1 – 1.5 cups of liquid. I use homemade almond milk and when we have it, I add 1/2 a cup of homemade yogurt. Blend and drink! Makes 4-5 smoothies (approximately 8 ounces). If smoothie is too thick, add more liquid.
- I mention in the recipe that I start with some frozen ingredients. If everything is thrown in the bag before being frozen, it will all clump together and is hard to get out of the bag and can jam up your blender. I find that if 1/2 of my ingredients have already been flash frozen, I can throw the others in and it still separates easy when I put it in the blender. I’d suggest you flash freeze some of your ingredients before putting them in the kits if you don’t have a powerful blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix. Speaking of the Blendtec, that is the blender I use. You can read all about my love for it here.
- I mentioned my green ice cubes. Basically, in the summer when I have lots of fresh produce and greens in my garden I puree them in the blender with a little water and pour them in ice cube trays, pop them out and put them in a ziplock for the times I don’t have fresh greens. I throw them in pasta, smoothies and soups.
- You can use any liquid you like. Some ideas are almond milk, coconut milk, whole or non-fat milk, rice milk, orange juice, or apple juice.
- Add and omit ingredients based on what you like and have in your kitchen.
Feel free to experiment and add anything you like in smoothies! We would love to hear your suggestions on what you like to throw in. These are a few items I’ve added in the past.
Any fruit (pineapple core is yummy!)
Raw Steel Cut Oats
If you’re looking for more breakfast ideas, check out our Recipe Box. Last week I also posted on another make-ahead recipe we make, No-Cook Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Banana, Peanut Butter & Coconut.
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