I love smoothies because they are a fast and convenient nutritious weight loss meal. But, honestly, some times they just aren’t fast and convenient enough. I mean some days I literally have about 30 minutes between when I get home from work until I need to head out for swim practice. And in that window of time I need to medicate a cat, feed the cats (two sweet brothers), pull my swim stuff together and eat. I bet you can guess which one of those activities suffers: feeding myself. For some reason I’m really good at taking care of everything but myself. That’s where smoothie kits come into play.
I began drinking smoothies several years ago to lose about 15 pounds that had snuck up on me. I wanted to lose the weight and I knew meal plans just weren’t going to work for me. When I’m not working I’m usually busy running errands, doing chores around the house or exercising. I needed a weight loss plan that fit into my hectic schedule.
So I started drinking smoothies and became immediately addicted. They are delightful meals in a glass that are easy to make, I can carry with me, and help me lose weight. What’s not to love about smoothies?
As fast and convenient as they are, I found myself sometimes getting frustrated with them. I was having a hard time finishing the fresh fruit and vegetables I bought before they spoiled. And when I didn’t have any fresh produce on hand I grew tired of the same old store-bought frozen fruit smoothies.
I mean, really. How many times can you drink a frozen strawberry blueberry smoothie in a row?
I found that a great way to keep smoothie ingredients on hand is to buy the fruits and vegetables fresh and freeze them before they can go bad. This way you can buy in bulk (which saves you money), buy when the produce is in season (saving you money), and have them on hand for 6 – 12 months so you always have a variety of smoothie ingredients.
You can take freezing smoothie ingredients one step further by creating smoothie kits. Instead of just freezing individual smoothie ingredients separately, you can combine them into quart sized freezer bags. Just dump the contents of the smoothie kit into your blender and add dry ingredients like nuts or protein powder. Add some water, blend, and keep adding water until it’s the consistency you like.
How to make smoothie kits
Making smoothies kits is super easy and can save you a lot of time and money in the long run. The best part is you can make enough to have on hand for the week or for an entire month (if you have room in your freezer).
Buy in bulk and in season
You’re going to be freezing the smoothie packs, so you don’t need to worry about using all the fruits and veggies before they go bad. Buying in bulk and in season will help save you money, and by freezing them you can have your favorite smoothie combination any time of year.
Quart sized freezer bags work best because there’s enough room to hold your smoothie ingredients without holding a lot of extra air. You can also rinse and reuse them over and over again. You can label the bags with the date and ingredients if you want and cross them out the next time you use it. I usually just label them “smoothie kit” without a date because it would drive me nuts to have crossed out dates on the bags. Yep, that’s how I am.
If you have a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer, they work great, too. They are really good at helping to prevent “freezer burn” so your frozen foods last even longer.
Prepare the fruit and veggies
Wash everything (unless it’s been pre-washed) and then remove the inedible parts including peels and seeds. Since everything will be frozen, you’ll want to cut everything but the leafy greens into sizes that your blender can handle. Some good tips on preparing fruits and vegetables for freezing can be found here.
Packing the smoothie kit
Pack your smoothie kit with enough ingredients for one or two servings. I like to make my smoothie kits as single servings because I like the variety of having different smoothies all the time. You can either pack a kit for a specific smoothie recipe or you can wing it and pack it on the fly. As a general rule, you want to pack in about 1 cup of veggies (greens or other veggies) and around 3/4 cup of fruit. You can also add in nuts, seeds, spices, and protein powder. If you don’t want to freeze your dry ingredients you can always make separate smoothie packs for them. Leave them in a convenient spot for your smoothie making.
If you do not have a high-powered blender, pack the smoothie kit so the leafy greens end up on top (at the open end of the bag). This is so you can blend the leafy greens with your liquid base first so they blend nicely. If you have a high powered blender, the order you pack the bag in does not matter.
Once you’ve packed your smoothie kit bag, squeeze out as much air as possible to help prevent freezer burn. Once the air is out, seal the bag.
Pressing the air out of the bag so it is flatter also makes it easier to stack the kits in the freezer. Keep in mind that they freeze faster if they aren’t stacked so you might want to space them out in your freezer first.
Smoothie kits can be blended frozen or thawed. If you want a smoothie in the morning you can put the bag in the fridge the night before so it can thaw. A thawed smoothie kit is easier to blend – especially if you don’t have a high-powered blender.
I blend my smoothie kits when they are frozen, mainly because I’m bad at planning ahead of time to thaw the kit.
When you go to blend you smoothie kit, first add in your liquid base. Then slowly add in the contents of the smoothie kit bag and blend until it’s the consistency you like. If your ingredients are all frozen you will probably need a little more liquid to make it drinkable. Although… spoonable smoothies are delicious, too!
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