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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Super Food Smoothie Packs

These pre-made packs are a lifesaver when time is short!  
Make up a few to have on hand for those busy mornings.

If you are struggling with getting in your daily fruits and veggies, boy oh boy, do I have a solution for you.  I've been drinking these "green smoothies" for quite sometime, but I definitely go in spurts with them.  Some weeks I'll have several, then I'll go a month without one at all.  Then I'll soon remember it's been awhile and I'll get right back on the bandwagon.

You see them all over the web, a thousand and one variations of them, but the great thing about them is that you can make them your own, put whatever you want in them.  And the true joy?  You can put things in them that you otherwise would turn your nose up at....and never even taste that otherwise "hated veggie".

But, I have to be honest, everything on this cutting board I actually love.  Would I eat it all separately in one sitting?  Probably not.  That would be a challenge.

That is why I choose to blend it all together.

So.  Much.  Easier.

This afternoon while working from home a bit and tending to a sick child {seriously, can we catch a break with all this sickness?} I whipped up a smoothie, drank most of it and gave some of it to the Little Miss.  She loved it.  And needed it.

I'm trying to pump her full of nutritious foods.

I mean, they are nature's natural drug, right?

When getting back from a store run, especially one that is full of produce, I will also put together what I call these "Super Food Smoothie Packs".  I pre-measure ingredients on hand for future smoothies, place them in a plastic baggie and throw them in the freezer.  That way when our days are a bit more hectic, I can just grab a bag from the freezer, throw it all in the blender, add a splash of milk, water or yogurt, blend it up and then be on my way.

My ingredients on hand this time were:
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Oatmeal
  • Chia Seeds
  • Lemon Juice
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe

When placing the produce in the baggie, I usually layer it as follows: fruit, greens, seeds/oatmeal, lemon juice.  I really have no idea if it matters or not, but that is the way I've always done it.

If you are worried about this tasting like grass, weeds or anything else less than stellar, don't.  You will not taste the greenery {although I do really like spinach and kale}, but in all honesty it will taste like any other smoothie you'd have in the past.  Fruity, sweet and smooth.

As you may suspect, as soon as I post something healthy like these smoothie packs, you can better bet I'll have a delicious dessert coming on deck.

Stay tuned!

Would you like to comment?

  1. I make these ALL the time. My kids even like making them. So simple and saves you so much time! :)

  2. Steph@Been There Baked ThatApril 11, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    I bought some kale for the first time this week, I'll have to try it in these. The kids have been enjoying theirs with almond milk this week, they are so good!

  3. How much of each of these do you put in the smoothie?

  4. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsApril 12, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    I use one whole bag per smoothie. Inside that bag I put a handful of spinach, one leaf of kale, handful of berries, 1/2 of banana, handful of other fruit on hand (strawberries, pineapple, etc.), a sprinkling of chia seeds, 1/2 c. dry oatmeal and then the juice 1/2 a lemon. In that order. When blending - I will add in a splash of milk, water or yogurt to help thin it out. Hope this helps!

  5. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)April 14, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Smoothie packs are a very smart idea, and I totally think that food is natures medicine.

  6. What a great idea! Gone pack my freezer with some this weekend.