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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Make Ahead Frozen Smoothie Packs

make ahead smoothie packs A Blonde's Moment @rachmccarthy7

Smoothies are one of my favorite weekend treats. I love mixing and matching with different fruit and trying different ingredients. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get my act together during the weekdays to enjoy them but I recently thought of a shortcut to make healthy smoothies during the week and I had to share it with you!


how to freeze spinach for smoothies A Blonde's Moment @rachmccarthy7

 I know there really isn't anything revolutionary about a smoothie, but not only did I want to share the idea about dividing all the frozen fruit up right when you come home from the grocery store, but also taking care of the spinach and greek yogurt ahead of time too. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times I have bought a bag of spinach for smoothies, forgot about it, and discover it in the fringe once it has gone bad. To try and avoid this waste, I decided to puree the bag of fresh spinach, with a little water to help with the consistency, and freeze the liquid in mini muffin tins and add those to the bag of frozen fruit! I also divided the greek yogurt into the muffin tins to freeze and add to the packs as well.

This made the smoothie prep SO much easier! When you are ready to enjoy a smoothie, grab a fruit, spinach and greek yogurt pack out of the freezer, toss it in the blender with a little almond milk and you are set! I'm always looking for shortcuts on weekday mornings, and I'm so glad that I now don't have to wait for the weekend to enjoy a healthy drink. 

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make ahead smoothie bags recipe A Blonde's Moment @rachmccarthy7

easy weekday morning smoothie recipe A Blonde's Moment @rachmccarthy7

Make Ahead Frozen Smoothie Packs

{ingredients, for one smoothie pack}
1 cup variety of frozen fruit {I used berries and bananas}
2 frozen spinach discs
1 frozen greek yogurt disc
1 cup almond milk, once ready to eat

{directions}
To make the frozen spinach discs: Add fresh spinach to a blender or food processor and turn it on. Gradually add water to the spinach while the blades are running until a smooth liquid mixture forms. Transfer the liquid spinach to mini muffin tins, filling almost to the top. For the frozen greek yogurt, add the greek yogurt to the mini muffin tins, smoothing the top. Place the muffin tins in the freezer until the spinach and greek yogurt have had a chance to set, at least 30 minutes. Once the spinach and yogurt discs are frozen, divide the frozen fruit into plastic bags, placing in each bag: 1 cup frozen fruit, 2 frozen spinach discs and 1 frozen greek yogurt disc. Place in the freezer until ready to use. To make the smoothie: add the contents of the plastic bag to a blender with 1 cup almond milk. Blend until smooth and enjoy!

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You can customize how many spinach and greek yogurt discs you add to the plastic bags -- I went with the 2:1 ratio because I really like spinach in my smoothies. If you aren't a huge fan of spinach, you can reverse the ratio and have a creamier smoothie with more greek yogurt.

Thanks for stopping by and happy smoothie making, friends!

This post is linked up with: Tasty Tuesdays | Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday | Two Cup Tuesday | Weekend Potluck  | SITS Girls 

13 comments:

  1. I didn't honestly think that you could make smoothies ahead and still have them turn out delicious!! I like to drink them because they are really tasty and filling! Thanks for sharing this girl! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  2. In love with this frozen smoothie! Nice post, thank you to share it! I am anxious to see the next one!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  3. This idea is genius! I haven't gotten into the smoothie trend because of the prep time in the morning, but this idea is perfect.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  4. Ok why have I never thought of this?? I drink smoothies for lunch and it takes like 10 minutes to prep everything! This is so genius! Thanks for sharing :)

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  5. I love smoothies too! What a wonderful idea!

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  6. This is such a good idea! Especially because I LOVE smoothies on the weekend but never feel like I have time to make them during the week! Definitely giving this a try!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  7. This is the best idea for when you're too busy! I'm going to prep some packs this weekend!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  8. Yum and so easy! How long it took to make smoothies was always a problem for me during the week as well! I'm going to have to tell Chris about this and maybe we can start adding it to our routine!

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  9. Pinning this! I love smoothies but I can be lazy LOL!
    I used to make ziplock baggies like this and then...laziness kicked in. I'm so bad, haha!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  10. Sounds delicious! I'm going to try this with almond based yogurt!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour
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  11. Omg yum! I love a good smoothie and this sounds amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  12. Oh wow, what a clever idea; I would've never have thought of this! I've also discovered spinach and other fresh greens way too late in my fridge, this is such a great way to persevere them for drinks and smoothies, same with the yogurt. I'll definitely be giving this a try! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great day so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  13. This is a great idea for those busy mornings when I don't feel like thin king let alone cooking.

    Thanks for sharing on #TastyTuesdays

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