Prepare a Week's Worth of Smoothies at Once
Smoothies can be a great way to wake up in the morning or recover after a run. You're able to fill a smoothie with whatever nutrients are most important for you, whether it's protein or vitamins and minerals.
However, a smoothie can take a bit longer to make than just grabbing a drink out of the fridge. Preparing your ingredients takes a few minutes and can be hard first thing in the morning or when you're exhausted from your workout.
Instead, you can avoid this issue altogether by prepping all of your smoothie ingredients ahead of time. That way, come smoothie time, all you need to do is toss your prepped ingredients into your blender and you'll have a tasty drink in under a minute.
How it works
Instead of spending five minutes preparing your ingredients before each smoothie, take about 10 minutes once a week to get all of your ingredients ready. Start off by deciding which smoothie you want to make. Then, chop your fruit, take out the pits and peel the skin until your have the fruit you want to add.
Next, portion out your fruit into five piles - one for each day of the week. Each pile should be a sufficient amount for an individual smoothie. Then, vacuum seal this fruit in separate bags. Follow these instructions for any vegetables you want in your smoothies as well.
Place all of your sealed smoothie ingredient bags in the freezer. Also portion out liquid ingredients, nuts, oats, protein powder and other smoothie components that you want easy access to, but do not want to freeze. Store or refrigerate as appropriate.
Now, when you have a hankering for a smoothie, all you need to do is pull out your pre-portioned containers for each day. Place them in your blender and blend on HIGH. Pour your smoothie and enjoy. It'll give you back a few more minutes everyday, whether that's five more minutes in bed in the morning or extra time to relax after a long workout.
Using pre-portioned smoothies can make a hectic week just a little bit easier and it only takes slightly more effort one day a week. If you want to try this smoothie plan, consider these fruit smoothie recipe ideas!
- Banana Blast - 1 chopped banana, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 blueberries, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- Tropical Fruit - 1/2 cup chopped pineapple, 1/2 cup chopped mango, 1 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- Very Berry - 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1 splash lime juice, 3/4 cup Greek yogurt.