How to Make Simple Smoothie Packs
Here’s the disclaimer I will issue before telling you all about how I make my smoothies: I’m not a nutritionist and I also have no professional smoothie making training. That being said, I have been making myself a smoothie for breakfast nearly every day for the last 10+ years so I think I can offer some pretty solid advice. Smoothies are a great way to get a nutrition packed punch in right at the start of your day. They are perfect when you are busy and on the go because you can easily take them in the car and they are great before a workout because they are easy to digest and don’t generally cause you to feel overly full or bloated.
The amount of smoothie recipes out there can be totally overwhelming. You could easily end up with a ton of ingredients and no idea where to start. I’ve been there and done that. And now, I like to keep things super simple. I would like to show you guys how I make my smoothies with 5 ingredients that I can mix and match and always end up with a tasty breakfast or snack that is healthy and filling.
My secret but totally simple formula? Start off with your favorite frozen cubed/chopped/bite sized fruit. What kind is up to you? You can mix several flavors or keep it to one. 1 cup of fruit per smoothie is my rule of thumb. Then you will add a cup of greens! You can use frozen chopped spinach, kale or collard greens. Or even use fresh if you have it.
The biggest thing to keep in mind when blending fruit is how creamy they will be. Mangos are creamy on their own. Most other fruits will need to be combined with a little mango or a couple of slices of banana in order to be creamy.
Next I add a scoop of protein powder and a scoop of green powder. Both add a ton of nutrients to my smoothie and the protein keeps me totally full until lunch time. These are what I use, but obviously, do your research, determine what kind works best for you, and talk to your doctor or nutritionist to clear up any questions about whether a protein powder is good for your specific dietary needs.
When I make them up ahead of time, I simply add the fruit and greens to the baggie. Then they are ready to dump into the blender with the powder and then I simply add water to blend. Breakfast can’t get much quicker than that.
You can use reusable bags or inexpensive sandwich baggies, whichever you prefer. I like to make up about a weeks worth at a time, but you could obviously do more. These smoothies are honestly pretty quick to make as you go too.
Since I’m only making smoothies for myself, I prefer these single serve blenders. They are super easy to clean up and I can drink my smoothie right out of the cup without the need for extra dishes on days when I just don’t have the time.
What questions do you have about smoothie packs? What are your favorite flavor combos?