A Formula for Make-Ahead Healthy Smoothies

Make Ahead Smoothies

Make-ahead smoothies are a healthy way to start your busy morning. I love smoothies, but I found it was taking too much time each morning to get all the ingredients out, make the smoothie, then put everything away.

Formula vs. Recipes

Most of my go-to meals I use formulas instead of recipes. The general formula allows flexibility to change things up without thinking it very hard. They allow me to work with what I have. And if you give a person a recipe the can cook for a day, give them a formula, they can cook for a lifetime.

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Why I Use A Formula for Make-Ahead Healthy Smoothies

Like everyone, my mornings are a bit hectic. I must get my kids ready, and lunches packed for daycare, pack food for my husband and me, get my car packed for my job, and feed the goats. I try to get as prepared as I can the night before, but I’m always looking for ways to simplify.

Batch “cooking” smoothies is a great time saver. Making them ahead of time is just more efficient. Most smoothie ingredients can go straight from the freezer to the blender which is a huge advantage. Smoothies are also highly customizable, which is also great.

Here is a general formula for a make-ahead smoothie.

Greens + Fruit + Protein + Liquid +(extras)= Smoothie

Use the table below to get combination ideas. Play around, see what you like

Smoothie Chart

*best if added just before blending or chopped before freezing if applies

I found this blender on Amazon that you can screw a regular mason jar directly to the base. It’s no Vitamix, but it gets the job done.

Blender with make ahead smoothies

I like that I can store, blend, and drink all in the same jar. This saves time and dishes. If you have a different blender you can store your make-ahead smoothies in the container you plan to drink it out of.

How to Make Ahead Smoothies

  1. Add greens, fruit, protein, and any other powders to your jar.
  2. Close jar and keep in freezer until you are ready to eat.

Morning of

  1. Take jar out of the freezer
  2. Add liquids and any other ingredients that don’t freeze well
  3. Enjoy and rock your day!

Make-Ahead Smoothie Formula

This smoothie will save you time, and make it easy to start your day off with a healthy breakfast.

Course Breakfast
Keyword breakfast, green smoothie, greens, smoothie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups greens
  • 1/2-1 cup fruit
  • protein
  • liquid
  • extras optional

Instructions

Before Hand

  1. Add greens, fruit, protein, and any other powders to your jar.
  2. Close jar and keep in freezer until you are ready to eat.

Morning Of

  1. Take jar out of the freezer
  2. Add liquids and any other ingredients that don’t freeze well
  3. Enjoy and rock your day!

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Tips, Tricks, and Fun Facts

  • Don’t be afraid to keep it simple. When I’m in ketosis, I like smoothies that are just greens, collagen coconut milk, and protein powder.(Here’s my favorite Goat Whey protein powder)
  • A splash of lemon juice will protect nutrients from blending oxidative stress.
  • Freezing vegetables makes some micronutrients more bioavailable (ice crystals cut through cell walls making nutrients more digestible)
  • I use these mason jar lids all the time for smoothies (and to prevent messes with toddlers), If you like straws these reusable stainless-steel straws will work with the lids. Sometimes it just seems more fun to drink a smoothie throw a straw. These both prevent the dreaded smoothie nose.
  • If you are going to use mason jars a lot this canning funnel saves time and prevents messes.

 

 

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