Do you wish you had more time to prepare healthy meals?
If one of your New Years' resolutions was something along the lines of eat better/lose weight/get healthy then the best place to make realistic, easy, lasting changes is in the kitchen.
The first reason people list as their biggest roadblock to better health is almost always "not enough time" - well friends, I hear you. So I've asked the lovely Lorna from Eat Myyy Thoughts to put together the answer to your problem and my-oh-my has she delivered. The creator of other amaaaazing recipes like Loaded Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Skins (seriously droolworthy..) and Heirloom Tomato Tart With Buckwheat Crust (almost too pretty to eat...almost) has given us Five Make-Ahead Smoothie Mixes For Busy People. Perfect no-fuss recipes for busy summer mornings!
For many, smoothies are the go-to breakfast; something ‘healthy’ that you can eat on-the-go. However, despite their convenience, smoothies have recently attracted some bad press due to their high sugar content.
The problem is that you can drink more fruit than you can eat. For example, if you ate two oranges, that would be enough. But you could probably drink about six. That goes for shop-bought and homemade smoothies, though at least if you’re making them yourself you can be mindful of the quantities you’re using.
They can also be expensive. As with anything shop-bought, ready-made smoothies will cost you more than making smoothies yourself at home. However fresh fruit can still be expensive, especially the kind we typically add to smoothies, such as berries. What’s more, smoothies tend to call for ‘a bit of this’ and ‘a bit of that’ which can leave you with a lot of excess fruit lurking at the back of your fridge.
The solution to this is to buy frozen fruit; it’s cheaper and there’s some evidence to suggest that it’s also more nutritious. And it won’t go off. Alternatively, you could snap up reduced fresh fruit, prepare it and freeze it yourself.
You can also buy frozen smoothie mixes, but I vote make your own. And if you replace some of the fruit with vegetables, it can help to bring the sugar levels down.
So, here are 5 smoothie pack ideas that you can store in the freezer and whip out when needed. Just add 1 cup of plant-based milk or water before blending.
Pineapple and Parsley
Beetroot and Raspberry
Spinach and Mango
Carrot and Apple
Avocado, Melon & Mint
Many people use freezer bags for DIY smoothie packs, but I think it’s better to use glass storage containers to reduce waste. I could probably forgive you though, if you just keep re-using the freezer bags.
So even on busy mornings you can enjoy smoothies like this:
...or even this.
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