Sunday, February 2, 2014

Make This!!

Do you drink green smoothies?

I do! I started the Green Smoothie Challenge on January 6th. Since then, I've lost 9.6 lbs of my holiday food baby! Yay Me!!

I love the extra energy & pep the green smoothies give me every morning. I actually double the recipe so I can have one for lunch too.

Costco was selling a 3 pound bag of baby kale and other greens right after the new year. But unfortunately, like many things sold at Costco, it has disappeared from the produce section and I don't know if it's coming back. I've since switched to buying the 3 pound bag of spinach.

The easiest way to prep for green smoothies is to prepackage the smoothie ingredients into quart size Ziplock bags. I know this from experience. It's a hassle to get all the separate ingredients out each & every time I blend. Prepackaging only takes about 10-15 minutes from beginning to end and saves countless minutes on busy mornings! 

Here's what I do: I wash the entire bag of spinach and let it dry. I get about 11-12 quart sized Ziplock bags and put 3 handfuls of spinach in each baggie (approximately 3 cups). Then I put one cup of whatever fruit I have on hand in each baggie (strawberries, blueberries, pineapple etc.), 2 Tbs. Greek yogurt (read how I prep the yogurt here), one banana, 1/3 cup of frozen cranberries (I bought several bags at Thanksgiving & want to use them up). Then, I squeeze all the air out of the bags and place them in the freezer.

In the mornings, I just whip out a bag, empty it into my blender, add 1.5 cups of almond milk (50% more calcium than cow's milk!), a scoop of protein powder and blend. That's it!  Don't worry about freezing the kale or spinach: they freeze very well and I think blend better frozen.

Green smoothie pack all ready to go!

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