My husband became hooked on smoothies last year after we bought a Vitamix. He drinks one every single morning. I am thrilled about this because there was a time not so long ago when he would never dream of eating fruits or vegetables. He has graduated from straight fruit to fruits and vegetables, and now I can even get him to drink chia seeds. We have come a long way.
One day, I got the idea to make a big batch of smoothies and freeze them. I didn’t know if it would work, or if they would be good still after they thawed, but they are. Wes pulls one out of the freezer when he wakes up, leaves it on the counter, goes for a run, gets dressed, and hops into the car for a good DC commute. By that time, it has begun to thaw, and he drinks it on his way to work. This has made the mornings just a little easier. Less clean up, easy to grab and go.
This is the basic formula that we use for our smoothies, but we change out the fruit and make different variations. We have yet to find a protein powder that tastes really good, so I buy a different kind every time we run out. I sometimes add nut butters, coconut oil, a touch of honey, yogurt, or flax seed.
These smoothies are also great to pack in your child’s lunchbox. By lunchtime, the smoothie should be thawed enough for them to drink. A nice change from the normal peanut butter and jelly.
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen berries
- 1 handful spinach
- Blend all ingredients in a blender. I like to make 2 or 3 smoothies at a time. If I make 5, it is too much for the blender.
- Pour the smoothie into the 2-cup mason jars, leaving some room at the top. otherwise they will expand and the glass can break.
- Keep in the freezer until you need a quick breakfast on the go.