DON’T WORRY, EAT HAPPY: SMOOTHIE MAKE-OVER

Freezer Prep Smoothie Ingredient make-Over

Freezer Prep Smoothie Ingredient Make-Over

For a busy lifestyle, turn to these DIY tips for a budget-friendly and nutritiously packed Smoothie Recipe Make-Over. Whether on your way to work or dropping kids off at school, in seven simple prep steps, your morning just got easier.  Transform the freezer into your very own personalized smoothie shop filled with a variety of tasty “Bagged Smoothies” in less than 5 minutes!

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1. Specialized private cooking lessons with kids;
2. Nutritious family-friendly Pantry Make-Overs;
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EAT WELL. FEEL WELL. ENTERTAIN WELL.
LOVE your life!
CELEBRATE your culinary creativity!
PLAY with a renewed vitality!

Exercise! Breathe Fresh Air! Exhale Sunshine! Listen to INSPIRING TUNES WHILE COOKING! Music, one of my daily culinary inspirations, is not just background noise…it is a way of life and joy in the kitchen.

* Freeze Frame, J. Geils Band
* Freeze, T-Pain
* Happy, Will I Am
* Shiver, Maroon 5
* Some Like It Hot, The Power Station

Make it work for your Vitamix or blender:

1. Buy fruits and vegetables in bulk
You can make smoothies for less money at home, especially if you hit up a sale on fruit and greens. It’s best to use what’s in season in your area to maximize nutrients and flavors.  If you can’t find what you like, buy fresh and frozen food in bulk.

2. Variety is the spice of life (Bonus time-saver):
With a variety of fresh or frozen produce on hand, you can mix and match to get a little different smoothie for each day or make your favorite seasonal flavor. Remember, leafy greens like spinach and kale freeze really well. Bonus time-saver tip: puree them and make ice cubes ahead of time or just toss the leaves into the labeled freezer bag.

3. Buy the right bag
Quart-sized freezer resealable bags are great for repurposing and reuse. Using a Sharpie, mark each one with the date the pack was made.  Once contents are used, cross it out, restock and relabel.

4. Stack a winning pack
First place the leafy greens into the freezer bag, followed by the fruit. Because I just love my greens, I prefer 2 tightly packed cups of greens to 2 cups frozen and/or fresh fruit. *Before blending, I like to add a scoop of Chia or flax seeds on top.

6. Avoid Jack Frost
Squeeze out as much air as you can and seal the bag. Removing the air helps prevent frost from forming.

7. Smoothie time
When you blend, add 1 cup of liquid such as almond milk, coconut milk, apple juice or water with the freezer bag contents.

WATERMELON MINT SMOOTHIE
Prepared in 5 minutes or less.

Ingredients

2 cups watermelon cubes
1 handful fresh mint leaves
1 frozen banana
1 cup almond milk

Preparation

Remove labeled bag from freezer.  Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glasses. Yields 1 serving.

CHOCOLATE COCONUT AND KALE SMOOTHIE
Prepared in 5 minutes or less.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen kale leaves
2 scoops chocolate whey protein powder
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 frozen cherries plus 2 Tbs Chia seeds added to blender

Preparation

Remove labeled bag from freezer.  Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glasses. Yields 1 serving.

BERRY BEAUTIFUL CITRUS ZINGER SMOOTHIE
Prepared in 5 minutes or less.

Ingredients

1 cup frozen spinach leaves
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Touch of grated frozen ginger root
1 cup fresh orange juice

Preparation

Remove labeled bag from freezer.  Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled highball glasses. Yields 1 serving.

 

 

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