Making DIY Smoothie Packs is one of the best things you can do to prepare yourself for the coming week. With Christmas just around the corner, people are on the go more than ever! Christmas shopping, hockey practice and games, Christmas concerts, Christmas decorating, grocery shopping, running everyday errands, the list is endless! Just by doing a little prep work could save a lot of time and dodge fast food impulses….which we all know is way to easy to do when you are busy out on the go and starving!!
My favorite way to avoid this is with my freezer DIY Smoothie Packs. I usually do this on the weekend when I have extra time. I am not real adventurous with my packs! Just some basic ingredients I have in the freezer and fridge and I can have a dozen packs whipped up in no time. A half hour in the kitchen on Sunday and hours saved during the week if you were making one separately every day…and we all know, if you have to haul out all the ingredients everyday, the chances of having a smoothie are slim to none! So do it all at once and save yourself some aggravation.
If you have fruit that is past it’s prime, it’s great for smoothies. If you don’t have time to make your smoothie packs that day, just pop the fruit in the freezer and then use it to make your smoothie packs when you are ready. I do this all the time with bananas….just break them in half before you freeze them.
DIY SMOOTHIE PACKS
I use ziploc small storage lunch bags. Per bag add:
1 cup of fruit or any combination that you might have on hand (berries, apples, bananas, grapes, melons, pineapple, any fruit). Fruit getting overripe….perfect for smoothies. The frozen berries make the smoothie extra creamy like a milkshake.
1 TBSP Hemp seeds (a great source of Omega 3)
1 TBSP chia seeds or flax seeds (great sources of fibre which means it keeps you full longer!)
2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, swiss chard or a combination of all)
Seal bags and pop in the freezer.
When you want a smoothie. To a high speed blender add:
- 1 cup of liquid (milk, almond milk, coconut milk, water, coconut water, orange juice, cold steeped green tea)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (optional)
- 1 DIY Smoothie Pack.
- A squirt of honey to sweeten it up (optional)
- A couple handfuls of ice if you want a thicker smoothie
Blend until smooth. A great healthy meal / snack that takes just minutes to prepare.
**Costco is a great place to buy bags of frozen fruits at really reasonable prices and they have a lot of variety! I also buy their bags of spinach to use in my smoothies. Super cheap!