We've all heard the saying: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for many of us, it's also the hardest to pull off quickly and healthfully.
And that's one reason our team has been on the smoothie train lately. There's certainly nothing new about smoothies, but blenders have certainly come a long way since my smoothie heyday in the late 90s, and interesting frozen fruits and veggies are now more accessible than ever!
But still: a busy weekday morning comes along and gathering, measuring and blending all those ingredients can take more time than we realistically have. So we're into this timesaving solution: smoothie packs!
What Is a Smoothie Pack?
A smoothie pack is a single-serving freezer bag that you portion out with your favorite fruits, veggies, and mix-ins.
Lately, I've been making bags with frozen banana, coconut, kale, and avocado along with a date for sweetness. Then morning comes and I dump the contents into my blender with enough liquid of my choice (usually coconut water) and some protein powder, and breakfast is served!
What to Put in My Smoothie Pack?
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Catherine McCord, author of the new book Smoothie Project and founder of Weelicious. She is queen or all things smoothies, and is a big fan of doing smoothie prep in advance.
She recommends not getting overwhelmed with what to put in your smoothie, but to try and aim for getting in at least one fruit, one veggie, and a protein each morning. A few of her favorites: frozen cauliflower, frozen banana or avocado for creaminess, dates for sweetness, spinach and kale, berries of all kinds, and chia seeds or protein powder (I like using collagen peptides, personally).
What Type of Packaging Is Best?
I've been using Stasher bags for my smoothie packs - they're easy to seal, airtight and easy to wash (and reusable, which is what I love).
Catherine does a really cool thing where she makes smoothie jars with glass jars, each containing all the add-ins and protein powders she likes to throw into each one. So if you're feeling like you're ready for Smoothie 2.0, this could be really fun, too!
Do you make smoothie packs at home? What are you favorite combos?