While recently out with one of my friends, we were discussing the pros and cons of healthy eating. While I love the way eating right makes me feel, I said that one of the things I don’t like about eating healthy is all the chewing involved. Some times I just want to get the nutrition without having to graze on the veggies all day long.
One of the things that I love about using smoothies as a way of getting in all my veggies is that you can throw all kinds of great things in there from kale and spinach or beans and chia seeds. It is a great way to get in all the fiber, protein, and healhty fats you need for the day. And with a bit of prep work smoothies can be so fast to make! Put it into a portable cup and you’ve got a quick healthy meal on the go.
All you need is 20 minutes of prep time once a week, and instead of 5 to 10 minutes to make a smoothie each morning, all you’ll need is about 60 seconds! Smoothie freezer packs are also such a great way to use up fruit that’s almost too ripe to eat. (I love to wait to use my bananas until they are super ripe and sweet!)
These packs are made with just five ingredients: kale, bananas, blueberries, mango, and avocado. They add up to 243 calories, which means that you can add any extra ingredients like protein powder or almond milk. Of course, you can always make your own creative combinations as well. I personally love to make smoothies with strawberries, pineapple, peaches, cucumbers, and carrots.
- Grab five freezer-safe sealable plastic bags and divide the ingredients between them. Add: 2 cups of greens, 1/2 a banana (sliced), 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/4 cupmango, and 1/4 avocado.
- Close them up and feel free to write any notes on the bag such as the date or ingredients you want to add later, then place them in the freezer.
- When you’re ready to make your smoothie, empty the contents of the freezer pack into your blender, add the extra ingredients like water or coconut water, almond or soy milk, protein powder, flaxmeal, chia seeds, cinnamon, beans, tofu, or whatever you please. Blend it up and enjoy!
Source: Calorie Count
Here’s the calorie breakdown of other smoothie ingredients you might want to add to your blender:
1 cup unsweetened soy milk: 80 calories
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk: 40 calories
1 cup coconut water: 43 calories
1 serving (about 35 grams) vanilla protein powder: 110 calories
1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt: 83 calories
1/2 cup vanilla soy yogurt: 105 calories
1/2 cup coconut milk yogurt: 90 calories
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds: 30 calories
1 tablespoon flaxmeal: 40 calories
1 serving soft tofu (1/5 package): 60 calories
1/4 cup cannellini beans: 50 calories
1 tablespoon almond butter: 95 calories