"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

One week of green smoothies in minutes!

I don't know about you all but I do not get enough fruits and green veggies in my diet. Truth be told because I'm lazy. All the extra chopping and cooking. Not to mention when I buy in bulk it usually spoils before I have a chance to eat it. I can't stand throwing food away! All I see is dollar signs in the trash.

Also, I am not a breakfast eater. 

In addition to being lazy and not a breakfast eater I'm not a morning person. Man, I feel like I'm in confession!  Anyway...this usually causes me to force down a cereal bar or something else that has very little nutritional value. I needed to find a quick and easy way to get my fruits and greens with no effort in the morning. No mess, no spoiling food, no prep. 

Then I Pinned this: Henry Happened


But, I took it a step further. Because I'm lazy....remember?

So here's what I did.

I hit up Costco. If you aren't a Costco member try other bulk retailers like Sams Club or Savemart.
I bought all the above plus a package of clementines. I did not use the entire bag of anything. More for later!

I chose frozen fruit opposed to fresh because not only is it washed, pealed, and chopped its a great value!
This can certainly work well with fresh fruit as shown in the link above.

Next I divided my fruit into freezer bags. If you read my blog you know I don't measure. But I made enough in each bag for two servings. One for me and one for the hubs. Because a healthy hubs is a happy hubs!
Here is my estimated and educated guess (being that I am known as the smoothie queen in my house).

One banana (pealed and halved)
1/2 c. mixed berries
one large handful each strawberries and pineapple
1 c. mixed greens
two clementines

I changed up a few bags and made different combos. So we don't get stuck with the same thing every day.

Make sure you press out all the air and lay flat in the freezer. Unless you want a large clump of fruit to chip apart later.

To avoid freezer burn make sure to use up in a couple weeks. 

Here is the fun part.

Healthy add ins!

My personal favorites to mix and match.

Liquids: coconut water or milk, juice, almond milk, green tea, or plain ol' water.
Sweeteners: honey or stevia
Protein: protein powder, oatmeal, greek yogurt, peanut butter, or an egg if you're brave!
Oils: coconut, hemp, or flax
More great things: chia, kefir, or ground flax

Just make sure your add ins are only added when you blend.

I did the math and each serving ended up being around $0.50!

(After blending my estimated recipe above I found out this makes more like 3-4 large servings NOT 2! I here by renounce my crown! as smoothie queen!)

Boo Yah! Take that Jamba Juice!

Happy blending!

Blessings, Nicole