Simplify your morning routine with make-and-freeze smoothie packs! Bulk prep your favourite smoothie recipes so all you need to do is dump and blend on a busy morning.
Who wants to save time in the morning? You do? I do! We all do.
Friends, I am not good at mornings. Don’t get me wrong, I get up early, I do lots of stuff in the wee hours, and I feel productive, but I cannot for the life of me get my self out the door on time. Probably because I’m always trying to do too much stuff and I’m a time optimist, as they say in Sweden.
Add to that a sweet, charming, almost two-year-old, who has taken to throwing category 5 tantrums over breakfast on weekdays, and, srsly you guys, our mornings are getting a little frazzled. Anything that can shave off a few minutes is welcome, and if it could shave off 15 or 20, even better. Enter: Make-And-Freeze Smoothie Packs!
Listen, smoothie packs aren’t a new thing, and I certainly didn’t invent them. You’ve probably heard of them before, seen them on Pinterest, or maybe even made your own before. So let this serve simply as a reminder that they’re a thing and that they do indeed help streamline your morning routine if you’re a smoothie drinker on the reg, like I am.
All you gotta do is take your favourite smoothie recipe and multiply the ingredients by 2 or 3 or 4 or whatever floats your boat, divide everything but the liquid into freezer bags, and you’re done. I like to start with mostly frozen fruits and veggies, since it’s going in the freezer anyways.
I almost always start with frozen fruit (the only exception being apples) and frozen veggies where I can. I buy frozen spinach in bags and it comes in those little green pucks you see above. I find that three or four pucks is the right amount of spinach for my smoothies.
For my Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie I used some bananas that were going brown, canned black beans, frozen cauliflower, and fresh medjool dates with the stone removed. I made smoothie packs for my Edamame Smoothie With Mango, Kale, and Green Apple but I subbed frozen spinach for the kale this time.
And for my Berry Fennel Smoothie, I used fresh apple and fennel, but everything else was frozen. I also threw in some frozen broccoli to that one for fun!
Now on a busy weekday morning, all I need to do is pull one of these smoothie packs out of the freezer, pop it into the blender, add the required liquid, and blend away. It’s a little thing that makes a big difference.
Speaking of little things that make a big difference, remember to rinse out and reuse the freezer bags!
Chocolate Black Bean Brownie Smoothie Packs
Bulk Prep your favourite smoothie recipes with make-and-freeze smoothie packs!
- 2 cups black beans rinsed well
- 4 medium bananas sliced
- 4 cups frozen cauliflower
- 4 medjool dates pitted
- 4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons hemp seeds
Label 4 freezer bags with smoothie name and instructions.
In each bag place 1/2 cup black beans, 1 banana, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 pitted date, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds.
Seal the bags and place in the freezer for up to 3 months.
When you are ready to make your smoothie, place the contents of the bag into a blender. Add 1 1/2 cups plant-based milk, and blend until smooth.
Edamame Mango Smoothie Packs
Bulk prep your favourite smoothie recipes to make mornings a cinch!
- 2 cups frozen shelled edamame
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 2 cups frozen spinach cubes
- 4 large green apples cored and sliced
- 4 cups frozen cauliflower
- 4 tablespoons fresh ginger finely minced
Label 4 freezer bags with ingredients and instructions.
In each bag add 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup mango, 1/2 cup frozen spinach, 1 green apple, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 tablespoon minced ginger.
Seal the bags and place in the freezer for up to three months.
When you're ready to blend your smoothie, place the ingredients into a blender and add the juice of 1 lemon and 1 1/2 cups cold water. Blend until smooth.