High protein, high fiber and low sugar smoothies are highly effective and perfect for your busy mornings that will lead to a slimmer you!
One of my favorite thing for breakfast is a smoothie. Sometimes when I am busy and don’t have time to sit and enjoy a hearty breakfast, I can blend a smoothie instantly and sip on-the-go. People who know me well, they know that I carry my blender with me wherever I travel.
Smoothies are a perfect combination of ease and deliciousness. They are packed with essential nutrients and include all the fiber of the fruits and veggies they’re made of, can actually keep you full longer than any juices.
But some days, when time is running low, prepping and blending several ingredients for a smoothie seems impossible. Sometimes I throw all the ingredients in my blender and keep it ready in fridge, the night before. But that is also something you have to do every night.
That is where these Freezer-Friendly Smoothie Packs are totally a life saver and incredible make ahead meals. They’re smoothie recipes whose ingredients you prep in advance, store in plastic zip-lock bags, and freeze for future use. It’s almost hard to believe because it is so ridiculously simple to make, as well!!
Each pack is a single serving smoothie ready to be popped into the blender. Add a cup of liquid of your choice and within seconds, you serve yourself a delicious and nutritious drink!
If you haven’t tried these before, you are missing out something.
Let me tell you how to prepare these smoothie packs. Just wash, chop, measure, and bag smoothie ingredients together and place them in the fridge or freezer. Then add a smoothie pack along with water/juice/milk/ice in your blender and blend into a delicious smoothie for a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.
I always flash freeze my fruits (if using fresh fruits) before adding it to the quart-sized bags. This way, it stay nice and separate. It’s an extra step though but totally up to you. I always go for a combination of fruits, berries and greens like spinach or kale. I also add frozen greek yogurt cubes to give my smoothie a protein boost. You can scoop some greek yoghurt to the ice trays and freeze it the night before. I also try to add nuts, chia or flax seeds to my smoothie bags to boost some nutrition. I add organic stevia to smoothie bags to give sweetness to my smoothies.
I would recommend using these in one month for optimum flavor.
So here is my go-to steps for make-ahead smoothie packs:
- Add a cup of your favorite fruit (fresh or frozen) to a ziplock bag (quart-sized freezer storage bags). You can add a mix of fruits and berries. I use bananas, strawberries, pineapple, mango etc.
- Add a cup of fresh greens like kale or spinach.
- Add frozen greek yogurt cubes (optional).
- Add any nuts, seeds, cocoa powder, protein powder (optional).
- Add sweetener of your choice.
- Closely seal the bag making sure to push out any air in the bags to keep these ingredients as fresh as possible and freeze it. Repeat to make as many bags as you want/need.
- To make smoothie, pour 1 to 1 & 1/4 cup water/juice/milk(cow, coconut, almond, soy, whatever you like) to your blender along with your smoothie pack, optionally add protein powder, blend and sip the goodness through a straw!
There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to what kind of fruits and veggies you want to add to your smoothies, it’s just a matter of what you have in your fridge and what suits your palate. Try these and I promise, you won’t regret it.
Try these 4 freezer-friendly smoothies for a quick, delicious, and nutritious breakfast or snack anytime!
You can easily prep a week or two’s worth of smoothie packs over the weekend, ensuring your diet doesn’t fall off track during the hectic work week.
Here are few tips I want to share to create a healthy smoothie:
- If possible try to use organic ingredients because many leafy greens and fruits are often loaded with pesticides. Pre-frozen bags of organic fruits and berries are a lot cheaper than fresh organic fruits.
- Always try to put some kind of greens to your smoothie to incorporate veggies and to boost fiber. It also gives the smoothie it’s vibrant green color. Spinach, kale, collard greens, broccoli are some healthier options.
- Smoothies can be a perfect meal replacement if it has adequate amount of protein. So try to add some kind of protein to your smoothies. Protein powder, greek yogurt, nut butters are good options.
- You can add healthy fats like avocado, walnuts, light coconut milk.
- Always use ripe fruits to make it sweeter. Try to avoid as much sugar as possible. If needed use some healthier sugar substitute like raw honey, maple syrup, agave, organic stevia etc (I am not saying they have lesser calories than sugar but they are less processed).
- Boost nutrition of your smoothie by adding healthy nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp hearts etc.
With a little preparation, anyone can easily whip up a whole-food smoothie in just a few steps, making it easier to enjoy more fruits and vegetables every day.
Caution -Use according to your macros.
Guest article by Priyadarsini das
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