Fresh and Fast Smoothie Tricks

Smoothies are an easy and tasty way to include more fruits and veggies into our daily routine. But sometimes the hassle of preparing all of the different ingredients is enough of a road block to keep us from this healthy habit.

Here are a few tricks to get in the smoothie routine.

Stock Your Favorites

frozen berries for smoothies
Frozen Berries make smoothies creamy and delicious.

Keep your favorite fruits and veggies for smoothies on hand. Berries, bananas, pineapple, avocados, cherries, oranges, grapes, mangoes, peaches, spinach, and baby kale are a few staples to stock your fridge or freezer with. Freezing your smoothie ingredients keeps them fresh and packed with nutrients and also gives your smoothie a thick and creamy consistency.

Follow a Formula

There are lots of great smoothie recipes out there, but sometimes we don’t have the exact ingredients to make them. Instead of relying on recipes, follow a simple formula to create yummy, healthy smoothies every time.

  • Step 1: Pick your liquid. Focus on nutrient dense liquids like almond, coconut, rice, soy, or cow's milk. Water or coconut water are great options too.
  • Step 2: Add greens: For even more vitamins and minerals pack in the greens. Spinach, baby kale, collard, beet greens, bok choy, swiss chard are all good options. The key is to blend well. If you don’t have a high-powered blender, your smoothie might not be as smooth, but blending it longer will help. Freezing greens also helps mask the flavors. So if you’re worried about the taste, freeze them first.
  • Step 3: Next add your fruits: Fresh or frozen choose the fruits you like or experiment with new flavors. Choosing at least one creamy type fruit, such as bananas or avocados adds a great final texture. (Before freezing your fruit, chopping it into smaller pieces can be helpful.)
  • Step 4: Add a healthy fat. Coconut oil, nuts, nut butters, flax seeds or flax oil are all great options to get in a serving of healthy fats.

Other beneficial additions might include ingredients like chia seeds, wheat germ, plant-based protein powders, oats, or fish oil. The possibilities are endless, just focus on foods with high nutritional content and you’ll be set!

Prep Single Serving Packets

Once you have experimented and have found some of your favorite combinations, combine the fruit and vegetable portions for individuals servings into freezer bags. Next time you’re in the mood for a smoothie all you have to add is liquid and healthy fats. This is a simple strategy to make smoothies fast and easy.

Freeze the Extras

Often our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. If you’ve ever finished blending a smoothie and wondered what you were going to do with the leftovers, here’s your answer…freeze it!  Depending on how soon you will be eating those icy leftovers, you might want to store it differently. If you’ll be eating them soon, you might choose a plastic glass and cover with freezer wrap and a rubber band. But if it might be a while, a small size tupperware is a good option. Freeze them in individual serving sizes and defrost part way in the microwave or in the fridge when you’re ready for seconds.

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