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With school in full swing, our mornings are often chaotic. Making smoothies ahead of time and freezing them has been a MAJOR life saver. Our kids love to drink a smoothie while packing lunch, or sometimes in the car on the way to school. Keith and I really like them too and having a smoothie ready to go helps me grab something good to start my day when I might have otherwise skipped breakfast (awful I know)!
Here’s the REAL GAME CHANGER. My awesome sister-in-law introduced me to freezing smoothies – brilliant right? I have adapted her technique to meet our needs and created the short video below to show you how I do it. I make 8 at a time, which is two blender pitchers full. This lasts us about a week (meaning we don’t eat them every day.)
“make-ahead” smoothie shopping list:
- These are the cups I use. (I have 8 currently, but think I might double that up and keep extras in our deep freezer.)
- Smoothie ingredients. (We have tried a lot of recipes but seem to keep going back to berries, banana, spinach, and protein powder – I like the Hemp vanilla one Trader Joes offers because it is dairy-free and that helps me a bunch.)
- Blender. (I don’t have a fancy one, and it works just fine.)
WHY FREEZE SMOOTHIES?
I am NOT, yet, a morning person. Like I already said, having a healthy breakfast option, like a protein packed smoothie, really helps me get my day started on the right foot. A good morning routine, that starts the night before, also saves me from being “crazy mom” when we are all moving in different directions, and at different speeds, each day.
I also found, having a “fun” frozen food ready has turned into an afternoon snack for the kids. Now since I get a little stingy about the smoothies, I give my kids the snack option, only if they didn’t have a smoothie for breakfast. (More cups would really help me out here.)
It’s a low cost, high reward, breakfast item. With a teen now in the house, we seem to be going through a lot more food. We all like things that are quick and easy, so preparing smoothies ahead of time helps them fall into the “quick and easy” food category for him, and the rest of us. It’s also an amazing way to use produce that might have otherwise not been eaten because it wasn’t pretty enough anymore. Check out this post on how to freeze blueberries. You can apply it to any of your smoothie fruits, just skip the washing with the bananas- but do peel them before you freeze them- you will be thankful later.
More ways to smooth over your mornings:
Establish a Routine for Yourself: Crystal Paine at Money Saving Mom has written a great course that helps you create a sustainable routine for your mornings or your evenings (or both!). I have checked it out and the information is solid and really doable. If you are not a routine person, it might feel a little over the top at first, but I encourage you to adopt one suggestion at a time until you are mastering your new world.
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Establish a Routine for the Kids: Print out this FREE routine checklist for each kid.
Make a To-Do List: Make a to-do list at night before you go to bed. Keep it simple and do-able. I have some pretty full page to-do list FREE prints in our Member Resource Library, you can sign up for free here.
Cheers to SMOOTHIE mornings!