Prep these freezer smoothie packs, and when you’re ready, just add milk, water, or juice!
One of my absolute favorite things for breakfast is a smoothie and peanut butter toast. I love that I can put whatever I want in my smoothies and they almost always turn out delicious. I also love that my kids have started drinking green smoothies because we all know how picky little kids are, and I need to squeeze veggies in any way that I can. They actually beg me to make these green smoothies for them! That’s a mom win right there.
This is a basic green smoothie pack. It has fruit, yogurt, and spinach. You can always add more greens and less fruit the more accustomed you grow to “health food.” It’s an adjustment for your tastebuds if you aren’t used to drinking green smoothies, so start with these.
Try heartier greens like kale, or throw in some chia seeds or peanut butter powder for more protein. These are totally customizable, but this is how I do it.
Start with 1 cup of packed spinach. I actually like extra spinach in mine, but for the purpose of today’s post, do 1 cup. You really don’t even taste it with the sweetness of the fruit in there.
Add half of a banana. I cut mine up into smaller pieces so they blend easier. If you are making these dairy-free, put in a whole banana instead of half. It’s like the banana ice cream, most of us have probably tried. It makes it creamy, but with fruit instead of dairy.
Add 2 cubes of frozen, plain Greek yogurt. This part needs to be prepped ahead of time, but freeze the yogurt into an ice cube tray. I do this by putting the yogurt in a zip-top bag, then I cut off the corner and squeeze it into each cup. Tap the ice cube tray to remove any air bubbles. If you try putting the yogurt into the cups with a spoon, it gets kind of messy, hence the baggie. The Greek yogurt has more protein than regular yogurt, so it will help keep you full longer.
Add 1 cup of assorted fruit. Green smoothies do better with yellow or orange fruits (bananas, pineapple, mangoes, peaches, etc.) You are welcome to do berries, but they may change the color to an unappetizing brown. It will still taste good though. I do mostly light colored fruits and a little bit of strawberries or raspberries. Blueberries and blackberries tend to make the smoothies brown.
Zip up the bag, put it in the freezer, and repeat to prepare as many smoothies as you need! Voila! Done!
When you’re ready to eat, just pour 1 cup of milk (cow, almond, coconut, etc) or water in a blender and add the frozen smoothie pack. Blend until smooth adding extra liquid if needed. The amount of liquid will heavily depend on the quality of your blender and how cold your freezer is. My Blendtec doesn’t need a ton of liquid. This recipe makes a large, 2-cup smoothie.
I hope you love these smoothie packs! Do you have any meals that you like to prep ahead for? What are they? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
Originally published on Super Healthy Kids on 02/09/16.
Freezer Smoothie Packs
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- 1/2 banana, cut up into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt, frozen (about 2 frozen cubes)
- 1 cup mixed frozen fruit (mangoes, pineapple, strawberries)
- 1 to 1 & 1/4 cup water OR milk (cow, almond, coconut, whatever kind you like)
- In a zip-top sandwich bag, add the spinach, banana pieces, frozen yogurt cubes, and mixed frozen fruit. Squeeze out the air and zip the bag shut. Place in freezer. Repeat for additional packs.
- To prepare: Pour 1 to 1 & ¼ cup water or milk in a blender. Add one frozen smoothie pack and blend until smooth, adding extra water or milk if desired to preferred consistency.
If you want a more filling smoothie, you can swap the Greek yogurt with a scoop of protein powder. This is my favorite on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pV6chA (affiliate link).
You wouldn't freeze it with the fruit though. When you go to make the smoothie pour the milk in your blender, then the scoop of protein powder, then the frozen smoothie pack so everything blends better.
You can also add 2 Tablespoons of flaxseed meal or 1 Tbsp chia seeds for extra health benefits (Omega-3 fatty acids) when you add the protein powder.
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