Have you gotten on the green smoothie wagon yet? Over the past few years I’ve started making them for breakfast each day. It started out about health and an easy breakfast I could sip as a busy work-from-home-mom, and then I became utterly and completely addicted. I love my daily smoothie!
Maybe you’ve wanted try green smoothies, but you haven’t known where to start. Or maybe you’ve been too busy to look for recipes or tackle the daily prep involved. That’s where make-ahead frozen smoothie packs come into play. They are awesome and you’ll wonder what you ever did without them.
WHAT IS A GREEN SMOOTHIE?
Let’s start with the basic makeup of a green smoothie. First, it doesn’t have to look green! A good green smoothie is built on several things – leafy greens, fruit (sometimes veggies too), liquid and other nutritional add-ins. Typically a green smoothie is 40% greens and 60% fruit, liquid and other add-ins. You can play with that until it feels right for your tastes.
- Leafy greens: Chard, spinach, kale and collards, bok choy, romaine and other sweet lettuces
- Fruit: Berries, pineapple, mango, citrus, avocado, pear, apple, banana, melon, dates, etc.
- Veggies: Cucumber, celery, fennel, tomatoes, carrots, beets, pumpkin or butternut puree
- Liquids: Water, coconut water, milk, non-dairy milks (coconut, soy, oat, nuts), juice, tea, fermented and cultured beverages (kefir, kombucha, buttermilk, whey, etc )
- Nutritional add-ins: Chia seeds, flax seeds, acai powder, green superfood powders (acai, maca, spirulina, wheat grass, etc.), protein powder, cocoa powder, spices, hemp seeds, whole nuts, oats, etc
How to make a frozen green smoothie system
1. BUY IN BULK
You’ve probably seen commercially prepared smoothie packs in the freezer sections of some stores. Awesome, but you can do it for less money at home, especially if you hit up a sale on fruit and greens. If you can, use what’s in season in your area. That’s a little harder for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere during the winter. That’s when I rely on buying fresh and frozen food in bulk at Costco.
2. YOU CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT SMOOTHIE EACH DAY
For these packs, I used baby spinach, fresh pineapple (got a killer deal on them!), bananas, blueberries and blackberries. With those four fruits, you can mix and match to get a little different smoothie for each day or make the same one. Leafy greens freeze really well. You can puree them and make ice cubes ahead of time or just toss the leaves into the bag.
3. BUY THE RIGHT BAG
Quart-sized freezer resealable bags are great because I can rinse and reuse them over and over. Mark each one with the date the pack was made and cross it out when you’ve made it. The packs won’t last forever before the quality is affected by hoar frost. Think of it as a once a month or every other week kind of task, though they will last for several months if you’re feeling particularly ambitious.
4. HOW TO PACK A PACK
Put the leafy greens into the bag first, followed by the fruit. I do about 2 packed cups of baby spinach and 2 to 2 1/2 cups frozen and/or fresh fruit. You could add the chia or flax seeds, but I find they stick to the bag. (Plus sometimes I soak my chia seeds before blending.)
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