I don’t know about you all, but smoothies seem to be all the rage, especially with my girls! I personally go through stages where I love a smoothie for breakfast for a while and then I’m just over it because, let’s be honest, the prep is a pain in the butt! It’s much easier to make a bowl of cereal or grab a yogurt or open a protein bar, right?
There are so many smoothie recipes out there and the possibilities are endless! This summer I kept trying to keep the kitchen stocked with ingredients to keep my girls happy. If I actually added up how many avocados and fruit I threw out for being over ripe or moldy I would probably cry! I finally had enough and decided to get more organized for easy smoothie prep.
One day when I realized that I had a ton of great smoothie ingredients on hand that wouldn’t last much longer, I took action. I washed all the berries and peeled and diced the other fruit. I put all the diced fruit on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and set in the freezer. After an hour or two I removed from freezer and put each kind of fruit in its own ziploc bag labeled with name and date. I had learned the hard way several years ago that you cannot just dump all the fresh fruit into a ziploc and freeze or you will end up with a large fruit “ice-cube!”
I am embarrassed to say that I never knew you could freeze avocados. We love them in our house and I buy them constantly. Avocado toast is the BOMB and we also put them in our smoothies. They’re such a pain to figure out! If I buy them at peak ripeness then they’re too far gone by the time I use them or you can’t find ANY ripe ones at the store when you need them ASAP. One quarter of an avocado is a serving size, so I quartered a bunch of them and froze them in individual snack sized ziploc bags.
I then put all the bags together in the freezer so they would be easy to grab when needed. I always have chia seeds, flaked coconut, collagen peptides, coconut oil, honey, peanut butter, coconut water, almond milk and yogurt on hand to add to smoothies depending on the recipe of the day. I try not to buy too much spinach or kale ahead of time until I know what the flavor of the week is as they also don’t last very long! Sometimes I peel and halve ripe bananas and put in a container in the freezer because two of us do like them in our smoothies.
Bottom line is, it’s a lot of work but it saves a lot of time and money. I know there are great smoothie delivery services out there but I just can’t justify the expense as a stay-at-home Mom! It’s nice knowing the healthy stuff is there when needed in a pinch!
I’d love to hear if any of you have any smoothie prep tips or favorite recipes to share! Scroll down and comment below if you do!