One of my most popular blog posts is my post on Make Ahead Smoothie Packs. And to be honest, I understand why it’s such a popular post - this entire smoothie system saves me so much time and ensures that my family and I are having something healthy every single day. I’ve made some changes since I wrote that post and figured I’d include the updates in this post.
The reason I like to create these smoothie packs is because my smoothies contain a lot of ingredients and if I were to pull them out every single day, it would take forever to make a smoothie and I’d be messing up my kitchen every time. This would result in me giving up on this healthy habit. Instead, I just make 12 of them at once and since we only have smoothies for breakfast Monday to Friday, I only have to do this a couple times per month.
I like to use reusable large silicon freezer bags because they’re better for the environment than using disposable freezer bags. They’re also durable and easy to clean. All I do is dump all of the ingredients in the bags and seal them. I then keep 6 of them in the freezer in our house. We have a second freezer in our garage and that’s where I keep the other 6. If you don’t have the space to store 12 of these, you can simply reduce the amount that you make. I also realized that these racks I use for organizing various items around the house were perfect for holding up the freezer bags as I fill them. So I just borrow them when I'm making these freezer smoothie packs and then put them back.
I don’t really measure when making these smoothies, but here’s the recipe with estimated measurements. This makes enough for 2 adults and 4 small children (my kids don't eat/drink a lot). I add the following to the freezer bags:
1.5 cups - Mixed Frozen Berries
1 cup - Kale
1 - Avocado
1 scoop - Vega One Protein Powder
1/4 cup - Nuts (preferably walnuts because I read these are great for the brain!)
1 tbsp - Chia
1 tbsp - Flaxseeds
1/2 tsp - Cinnamon
1 tsp - Turmeric
Pinch - Black Pepper (helps with turmeric absorption)
Maple syrup to sweeten (optional)
Every weekday morning I simply dump all of the ingredients from one of these bags into my blender. I’ll add a banana directly to the blender, I don’t like putting the banana in the freezer bag because it takes more time and effort to blend a frozen banana. It also takes up too much space in the freezer. If you do decide to add a banana to your freezer bags, make sure you chop it up first because it will be very difficult to blend a large frozen banana. I also add a bit of maple syrup to sweeten it. Honey works too.
I then pour about a cup of my favourite oat milk into the freezer bag and swish it around so that any leftover ingredients can easily be poured out of the bag and into the blender. I then add about 1.5 cups of cold water to the bag and repeat this step. I mix it around some more and pour it into the blender.
Then I simply blend and serve. I like to pour the smoothie out into mason jars. For the kids, I’ll use smaller jars, and larger ones for my husband and I. I pour out everyones smoothie first and then I add powdered collagen to whatever is left in the blender. I’ll blend again and then pour that into a mason jar for myself. I place an elastic band around my jar so it doesn't get mixed up with my husbands.
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