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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Freezer Ready - Smoothies "in a bag"

I just got a Magic Bullet and I LOVE IT! We are continuing on our health kick and we started having smoothies a few nights a week in place of a big heavy dinner. My girls were told to switch their big meal to lunch time and a smaller meal at dinner time, believe it or not this totally works. (One of my daughter's has lost 5 lbs already, basically doing nothing else except changing these two meals around). I've joined them on this health-kick and mama is LOVIN' it too, no big dinner to prepare and a healthy smoothie to enjoy, heaven!

I saw this great idea on Pinterest, of course, this is where I get all my genius ideas. The idea was to freeze yogurt in muffin tins, and I had some yogurt that was just about to expire and way more then we could eat in a few days. Perfect!


Then it was time to get all the fresh fruits and vegetables I had in the refrigerator and put them to work for us (plus I pulled out all those frozen bananas that had been hangin' around the freezer). Do you do that too? When the last banana is just sitting on the counter and no one wants to eat it, I chop it up, throw it in a baggie and into the freezer it goes until I am ready to make a smoothie.


I packaged up a bunch of different smoothie recipes, a few are listed below. We added in everything we had on hand. Some got fresh pineapple, fresh berries chopped almonds, fresh mint and some fresh spinach too. Everything froze nicely. When it was time for a smoothie you just bring out the baggie, let it defrost for about 10 minutes or throw it in the microwave for a minute if you are in a big hurry. Everything is in the bag, the only thing you may need to add is ice, juice or milk.


Pomegranate-Strawberry Smoothie
1 cup pomegranate juice (can be added fresh)
2 tsp honey
3/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup Spinach
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/4 cup crushed ice (add when ready to blend)

Berry Smoothie
1 cup milk (this should be added fresh, not into the freezer bag)
1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (or blackberries or strawberries or all the berries mixed)
1/3 cup diced pineapple (fresh or can)
1-1/2 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Spinach
1 tbsp Chia Seeds

Banana Berry
3/4 cup apple juice
2/3 cup blueberries
1 banana, sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup crushed ice

Orange Smoothie
1-1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2/3 cup strawberries
1 banana, sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup Spinach
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1 cup crushed ice

White  Gummi Bear Smoothie (copy-cat recipe Jamba Juice)
8 oz peach juice
4 oz soy milk
1/2 cup pineapple sherbet
1/4 cup raspberry sherbet
1/4 cup orange sherbet
1/2 cup mangoes
1/2 cup crushed ice

Lime Smoothie
1 cup limeade concentrate
1 cup mangoes
1/2 cup strawberries
1 cup lemon lime sherbet
1/4 cup Spinach
1 tbsp Chia Seeds
1/2 cup crushed ice

3 comments:

  1. Great idea! I love this! Now my yogurt won't go to waste!!

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  2. Excellent idea, hello healthy Summer!

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  3. Sounds like a great idea! I'm into smoothies as well, and make them fresh all the time. If I start freezing them, these would save me time.

    Gay

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