Health Hack: Individual Smoothie Packs

Great tips and tricks for eating healthy on-the-go!


by Amanda Black | head editor for The Snap Mom

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Certain seasons of life challenge my commitment to healthy eating! It’s important to provide the proper nutrients to my body during busy times, and I love the one-stop nutrition that can be packed into a smoothie. I am expecting my second baby in just a few weeks, and even though smoothies are pretty easy to put together, I wanted to make the process as streamlined as possible. I prepped and froze 12 individual smoothie packs that just need to be blended with any liquid!

The biggest time consumer is gathering and adding all the ingredients in, and I always chop my greens and add them to the liquid first to make sure they get sufficiently blended. So, I started by making frozen greens cubes that were already well-blended!

Makes 12 individual serving packs

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Prep Time: roughly 30 minutes over two days

Equipment

12 freezer bags (for packs)

2 freezer bags (for bananas)

Ice cube/ baby food trays

Blender

Bowls/Measuring Cups

Greens Cubes

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16 oz (2 cups) Greek yogurt

8 oz (1 cup) Coconut water

8 oz (1 cup) Homemade Elderberry

2 cups frozen and chopped greens (Spinach & Arugula)

2 Tbsp Spirulina (optional)

3 Tbsp Almond butter (optional)

2 Tbsp soaked Chia seeds (put in 2 Tbsp water for a few minutes- optional)

2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)

**Feel free to substitute the coconut water + elderberry for any liquid of your choosing! 

Other Ingredients

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40 oz (5 cups) frozen berries (I used raspberry, blueberries, blackberries)

6 chopped & frozen bananas

Day 1: Preparation

1.    Blend all greens cubes ingredients and fill ice cube trays (I needed 3 standard trays and one 2-oz baby food tray. Recipe made seven 2-oz cubes and forty 1-oz cubes)

2.    Chop bananas and lay flat in bags or cookie tray to freeze.

3.    Place both in freezer overnight.

Day 2: Assemble Packs

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1.    Each pack contains

a.    4 oz green cubes (2 big cubes OR 4 small ones)

b.    ¾ cup berries

c.     ½ cup banana (roughly 1/3 of the banana)

When ready to eat

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·     Blend 1 pack with ¾ cup of any liquid (milk of any kind, fruit or vegetable juice, coconut water, etc). This will be a thicker drink. Add more liquid to your preferred consistency.

This will make a medium-large smoothie that will be between 12-16 ounces.

Why these Ingredients? 

These are nutrient-dense ingredients! Specifically for postpartum recovery, I was looking for sources of the following: protein, Iron, Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, B-12, Iodine, Vitamin K, healthy fats, and as many other vitamins and minerals as possible! These are very important for replenishing after birth, but they are beneficial no matter what stage of life you’re in.

I estimate my cost at about $2-3/smoothie for all organic ingredients. Definitely worth all the nutrients in one drink. If you wanted to reduce the costs further: organic fruit, raw coconut water, and organic yogurt added the most cost. Non-organic fruit & greek yogurt, and using fruit juice instead of coconut water would reduce the cost some.
My daughter and I tested one, and it turned out perfect! I hope this helps you provide nutritious and filling snacks for you and your family no matter how busy life can be.

Related Articles:

Make the Best Smoothies: http://thesnapmom.com/how-to-make-the-best-smoothies/

6 Powerhouse Smoothie Add-ins: http://thesnapmom.com/6-powerhouse-smoothie-add-ins/

About the author

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Amanda is a SAHM and teacher who loves The Snap Mom mission, National Parks, and outdoor living.