Ready-Made Smoothie Packs

I have a confession. 

Yesterday I detailed all of the reasons I love meal prep and how to get started. What I didn't disclose is one of the biggest reasons of all: I'm very easily diverted off course when delicious foods are presented more quickly than my plans.

Cereal for breakfast? Nah Chick-fil-A's on the way to work. PB and J for lunch? Nah, Chick-fil-A's in the bottom of my building. Lean Cuisine for dinner? Nah, Shake Shack is on my drive home. (and for realz, who really wants a Lean Cuisine?)

See what I mean? Without a plan in place that includes foods I actually want to eat, my eating habits can quickly become disastrous. 

Now that that's all on the table. Let's talk about breakfast. I LOVE smoothies, and I've found they're one of the easiest ways to sneak in some extra fruits and veggies into your daily diet. However, the last thing I want to do in the morning is pull out a bunch of ingredients, measure them out, cut them up and throw them into a blender, so I found myself at Smoothie King paying more than $5-6 for one more often than I would like to admit. 

Enter, my solution: 

 

Sunday prep smoothie packs. After I started doing this, I did the math, and my homemade smoothies come out to less than $1.30 per serving. Not only that, but store bought smoothies are usually filled with added sugar and extra ingredients you don't need to make the smoothie delicious. I've read that one of the biggest pitfalls in smoothie making is that people add too many ingredients and start to pile on the calories. So mine has four, and I plan for a mid-morning snack before lunch to carry my appetite throughout the day. 

The best part about these is you can customize to your liking, but I fill a standard sandwich-sized ziplock with the following to make two smoothies in the morning for Brooks and me:

  • handful or two of frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 large banana
  • handful or two spinach
  • Added the morning of: 3/4 cup of yogurt (I like this one), 1/4 cup water (as needed)

Making these in bulk keeps me from wasting ingredients, and the 15 or so minutes it takes allows me to have breakfast for the next two work weeks! After they're all assembled, I pop them in the freezer door.

 

When I wake up in the morning, I dump one of these into a blender, add the yogurt and water and blend!

This morning's smoothie

This morning's smoothie

Berry-Spinach-Banana has been a winner for Brooks and me, but we've tried mango, pineapple, chia seeds, avocado, greek yogurt and more until we hit this balance. Making it your own is the best part. 

Stay tuned tomorrow when I dig into lunches.