Saturday, April 24, 2021

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs are perfect for meal prep to save time and are loaded with fruit, vegetables and superfoods for a healthy meal ready in 2 minutes!

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

One of my favorite things to make for quick breakfasts is make-ahead smoothie packs. Before I gave birth to Oliver and Lily, I remember prepping about 10-15 smoothie packs so I would have some easy meals ready to go when life was busy. I love making these smoothie packs because I am so much more likely to drink a smoothie when I have these packs made. Today, I am going to share some different smoothie pack ideas that I love.


There are tons of smoothie delivery services now that send you all of the ingredients in a cup to pour into your blender with some milk and blend. While I do love those, they are a lot pricier than making them yourself. I highly recommend prepping at least 5 smoothies packs at a time because it doesn't really take any extra time to make five smoothie packs compared to making one. 


Make-Ahead Smoothie Bags

Ingredients for Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

-Fruit- The main base of most smoothies is fruit. I like using fresh and frozen fruits depending on what I have on hand. Some great options are: bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, mango, pineapple


-Vegetables- The main vegetable that I always put into my smoothie packs is baby spinach. It blends in so easily and you can't taste it. I use fresh baby spinach or even frozen spinach works just as well. Other veggies that work well in a smoothie are kale, frozen cauliflower, cooked carrots or zucchini.


-Superfood Add-ins- When making my smoothie packs, I usually add some nutritious add-ins such as chia seeds, ground flax seeds, protein powder or Karuna Prebiotic Superfood Beverages frozen into ice cubes to easily blend into the smoothie when you make it.


Healthy Smoothie Packs

If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have seen that I am a big fan of Karuna drinks. They have several lines of product including smoothies, immunity drinks, energy coffee drinks and recovery electrolyte drinks. 


My favorite flavor is the Karuna Pro-Fit Cacao, Chestnut and Pear which tastes like a rich chocolatey drink but is actually nutritious with quinoa, chestnuts, cacao, oats, flaxseed, pear and monk fruit sweetener. 


Freezer Smoothie Packs

How to Prepare Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

When you are ready to drink your smoothie, just dump all of the ingredients from the packet into your blender and blend with any milk of your choice. If you have a lot of ingredients in your smoothie pack, it may be helpful to let it defrost a little bit on the counter so that it is not too frozen if you don't like your smoothie too thick.


Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Packs

How Long Can Smoothie Packs Last

I have had smoothie packs in the freezer for probably up to 4 months at a time. The produce stuck together more after a while but it still blended together exactly the same.

Make-Ahead Smoothie Pack Formula

I like following something like this formula- please, never measure, just guess! I like doing about 1 cup of fruit, 1 cup of leafy greens and 1-2 superfoods (usually about 1 tablespoon together).


Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Bags

Make-Ahead Smoothie Pack Flavors

Feel free to make whatever flavors you like. These are some great combinations that I have enjoyed

-Strawberry Banana Smoothie- frozen strawberries, fresh bananas, large handful of spinach, ground flax seed, Karuna Banana and Cinnamon frozen into ice cubes

-Tropical Mango and Pineapple Smoothie- frozen pineapple, chia seeds, a large handful of spinach, frozen Karuna Mango and Goji Berry cubes.

-Chocolate Berry Smoothie- frozen mixed berries, frozen cauliflower, chocolate protein powder, Karuna Cacao, Chestnut and Pear frozen into cubes


Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs
Yield: serves as many as you want 

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs are perfect for meal prep to save time and are loaded with fruit, vegetables and superfoods for a healthy meal ready in 5 minutes!

Prep time: 5 MINS Cook time: 0 MINS Total time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS



INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prior to making the smoothie bags, freeze the Karuna drinks into ice cube trays until frozen. Pop out of the ice cube tray when frozen solid.
  2. Take several sandwich zipped bags and fill with ingredients for each smoothie. 
  3. Label the flavor of smoothie and place in the freezer.
  4. When you are ready to drink your smoothie, blend all of the ingredients in the smoothie pack together with your choice of milk until smooth. If you do not like your smoothie very thick, you may want to let your smoothie pack defrost a bit before blending.
*Recipe is for one smoothie bag. Feel free to double, triple or quadruple each recipe to make as many smoothie packs as you want.
**You can put whatever you want into your smoothie packs. These are just some fun ideas!


Enjoy!




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Freezer Make-Ahead Smoothie Packs

This post is sponsored by Karuna. All opinions are my own.

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