Smoothies have long been a part of my regular breakfast line up. And, now that the weather's warming up they've been playing an even bigger role in my day. Smoothies make a satisfying way to refuel after working out, a great quick breakfast when you're on the go and a refreshing afternoon pick me up.
I’ve been freezing fresh fruit for smoothies for a while, and recently I took it one step further. Rather than freezing each type of fruit in separate bags, I started creating individual serving smoothie bags. It’s so convenient and such a time saver!
You're not exactly reaching in your freezer and pulling out a ready-made smoothie. Although, boy, wouldn’t that be nice! It’s more along the lines of having all the fruit your smoothie recipe calls for, prepared and stored in one convenient bag. No more fumbling through the freezer for three different bags of fruit, then trying to find the spinach that’s buried somewhere in the back of the fridge.
If your smoothie recipe uses greens, like spinach or kale, you can include that in the bags, as well.
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Here’s what to do:
- Prepare the fruit: Cut the fruit into small chunks, then arrange it in a single layer, without touching, on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Freeze the fruit: Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
- Prepare your bags: Label each bag with the name of the smoothie you plan to make, like Strawberry-Banana or Tropical Smoothie, and the date you packaged the fruit. You can also label the bag with the additional liquid ingredients you’ll need for your smoothie. For example, 1 cup coconut milk + ½ cup Greek yogurt.
- Fill the bags: Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Measure out the fruit according to the smoothie recipe, and transfer the appropriate amount of fruit (and greens, if you're including them) into each bag.
- Store the individual bags in the freezer: Seal the bags and place them in the freezer. Then, pull them out one by one as you need them!
What's your favorite time-saving smoothie tip?
(Image credits: Kelli Dunn)