I used to feel like I would never find the time in my day to accomplish any of my personal goals. I wanted to work out, but there was just no time to be consistent about it. I wanted to start a blog, but I felt like I was busy every minute of every day with kids and homeschool and life. Little did I know that a quick smoothie recipe would help change my life forever.
When I first started thinking about getting up in the very early morning hours to accomplish some of these things, it seemed impossible, mostly due to exhaustion from lack of sleep. But through some planning, better sleep habits, changing some parenting habits, and taking care of my health through my nutrition, I have gotten to a place where I get up early most days to work out, read, and write, and still have energy to get through the rest of my responsibilities.
At least part of this accomplishment can be attributed to the smoothie prep routine I am about to share with you! I have made it a habit to start my day with a smoothie right when I get up, and it gives me energy to get through my work out, and holds me over until breakfast with my kids later in the morning.
These smoothies are easy, fast, and full of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies to give you a boost when you need it. They are perfect for early morning or a quick snack when you feel you are nearing exhaustion, and just need a pick-me-up. Prepping ahead makes it possible to have all of the ingredients ready to go, and saves tons of time getting everything out, measuring, and putting everything back away every time you want to make one (which is definitely not something most of us want to deal with early in the morning or in the middle of a busy day).
My kids are great at helping me prep these (and of course they are rewarded with some smoothie afterwards). There is usually a bit more of a mess to clean when they help, including smashed berries on the floor and chairs, but it is SO worth it, because: 1. it isn’t actually that much worse than my kitchen usually looks, 2. my floor gets cleaned, and 3. I get a little downtime, because the kids usually go play happily for a while, since they got to do something fun with mom and have a snack!
To prep smoothies, fill freezer bags* or individual containers with:
- 1 cup frozen fruit of your choice (I like our local Meijer store’s Organic Frozen Berry Blend).
- 1 cup spinach or other leafy greens (I use Earthbound Farms Organic Power Greens Blend)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (My favorite is Orgain Sweet Vanilla Bean, which is stevia sweetened and plant-based)
- 2 Tablespoons seeds or flax meal (I add 2 tsp each of hemp seeds, flax meal, and chia seeds, which equals a total of two tablespoons).
Place the bags in the freezer until you are ready to use!
*I am lazy on this one and use freezer bags, even though I know it would be better to invest in some reusable glass containers. I do reuse the bags whenever possible though!
When you are ready to make a smoothie, add the contents of one bag to the blender, plus half a banana and a bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, water, or other liquid of choice. Blend on high for 20 seconds. Enjoy!!