Green Smoothie Bags
Have you ever walked down the frozen isle and seen those prepackaged bags of smoothie mix? Were your thoughts similar to mine: “Seriously, smoothies are so easy to make, why would you need to buy them in a package?” But easy as they are to make, have you ever found yourself skipping that oh-so-healthy smoothie you had planned to eat for a bowl of packaged cereal because you didn’t feel like rummaging through the freezer for all of the separate ingredients you needed? Confession – I have! That is until I put these two thoughts together. Why not make my own smoothie bags, so I can grab them at a moments notice?
For those of you who have joined us for the Get Real challenge, this is the perfect way to start your day (or end it, or get a boost in the middle of it). We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I think it can be one of the toughest places to give up our conveniences and switch to real food. This recipe is a great way to start! It sets the tone for the day by filling you up, waking you up, and you can check off one serving of veggies and one glass of water before you even get out of your pjs. For an extra boost try green tea or coconut water for your liquid or add a tablespoon of flax seeds, chia seeds, or rolled oats. When I’m feeling a cold coming on, I like to add an Emergen-C packet to mine.
Also, if you’re not quite ready to add greens to your breakfast (although I promise you won’t taste them, and if you do you can heckle me), check out Lisa’s post tomorrow for a more traditional version of the smoothie bag.
Green Smoothie Bags
Kim @ onceamonthmeals.com
- .25 cups plain whole milk yogurt
- .5 cups banana, sliced (about 1/2 a banana)
- 1 cups frozen fruit (mix and match berries, peaches, mango, etc.)
- 1 cups fresh greens (mustard, kale, collard, etc.)
- water (or juice for added sweetness)
Place yogurt in ice cube trays, about a tablespoon in each compartment. Slice bananas and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze both overnight. Fill zipper sandwich bags with frozen and fresh ingredients and freeze. When assembling multiple bags, place them all into one large freezer safe zipper bag to keep them fresh.
TO SERVE: Dump contents of the smoothie bag into a blender and and mix with water (or juice) on high speed until you reach desired consistency.
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