Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

“Rise & shine” is kind of tough when it’s the dead of winter and the sun doesn’t come up until 7:30am. I count it as a win if I can manage to get up in time to do a full workout before the sun rises — and a MAJOR win if I get to work early on top of that.

I got into making smoothies for breakfast when I was doing my first Tone It Up challenge, but found that the measuring and taste-testing process was both time consuming and messy, and added a ton of time to my morning routine.

In December, the DC Metro announced it was doing another major surge (read: miserable delays on my morning commute) that would affect my route, and I knew I had to get out the door even earlier than usual just in case. I decided to test out making my smoothies in advance on Sunday nights, putting them in individual bags so I could easily pop them into my Vitamix, add water/milk/ice, and blend in 100 secs flat.

And, as you can tell by this post, it was a huge success! I even convinced my boyfriend to meal-prep his smoothies too. I’ve had so much fun trying out different fruit/veggie combos, and it takes me maybe 5 minutes to prep the meals on Sunday, compared to spending the same amount of time each day to make breakfast. I know 5 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s 25 minutes a week, and 100 minutes a month, and 1,200 minutes a year (aka almost a full day of making smoothies!) Isn’t that ridiculous?

I’ve written out some of my favorite recipes below. What do you put in your smoothies?


Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

Servings: 1
Cost per serving: $2-3

All About Those Bases

When you take the smoothie bag out of the freezer, pour the contents into your blender and add these. Then blend until smooth! Adjust liquids/ice per your preferences.

  • handful of ice
  • 1-2 cups water, (almond/coconut/skim) milk
Guac Around The Clock
  • 1/2 avocado (keep in the fridge)
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • pinch of ginger
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
PB&Jealous
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 c blueberries
  • 1/3 c raspberries
  • 1/3 c strawberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1 spoonful peanutbutter (keep at room temp and add in)
  • optional: acai powder or frozen acai berry
Kale Me Maybe
  • 1 banana
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/4 c unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c mango
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
Cold Brew
  • 1 banana
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein
  • 1.25-1.5 c. cooled coffee (in fridge)
Pretty in Pink
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c raspberries
  • 1/2 c mango
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
Minty Fresh
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1-2 sprigs of mint
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein
Perfect Pearings
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 c blueberries
  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein

 

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