You have heard of meal prep right? Cooking up a big batch of veggies and protein at the start of the week and freezing it, well you can do the same prep for your smoothies! Take the hassle out of making smoothies by preparing your own DIY smoothie packs and storing them in the freezer. It will also make great use of fruit that is becoming too ripe.
1. Plan Your Fruits and Vegetables
Make some time to write a list of in-season fruit and vegetables you will be including in your meals and beverages for the following week. Be sure to include extra for smoothies and feel free to shop smart too! If there are some fruits that are on special, these are perfect for making smoothies and will stay fresh as they will be frozen straight away. TIP: Remember to buy some freezer bags to store your ingredients in for later!
2. Prepare Your Ingredients
Before any chopping is done, it’s really important to wash all your fruit and vegetables thoroughly – even if they are organic! If you are using a regular blender, be sure to chop into smaller pieces for easy blending. Chop all your favourite fruits and vegetables and mix together in separate bags. Be sure to experiment a bit to include a wide variety of ingredients and multiple colours – you want to eat the rainbow!
3. Label Your Smoothie Packs
Label your smoothies with the date it was packaged and be creative with your smoothie names! Store in the freezer, keeping in mind you won’t need to add ice when it’s time to blend because all the ingredients are already frozen!
4. It’s Time to Blend!
Now comes the fun part! Take your choice of smoothie pack out of the freezer and pop into your blender. Add a liquid base of choice – almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut water and blend until smooth.
Enjoy! Let me know how you like this idea in the comments below.