We had such success with our last ‘make ahead’ post wherein we prepared Nine Meals in 90 minutes for our slow cooker, I thought I’d share another one of my meal organization tricks with you – this time, it’s breakfast-related.
If you know me, you know that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, green juice and green smoothies. I love the way it makes me feel. I love that it’s a full-on, knock-out, nutritional punch all in one go and I love being able to customize my juice or smoothie depending on what I feel I need. As an example, I switched to beet juice right after I took my current job to try to boost my skin. I’ll double up the spinach or kale if I’m feeling sluggish or a cold coming on.
BUT. Let’s be real (as usual). All that chopping and juicing makes a mess and it takes quite a bit of time in the mornings to do it properly. Here’s how I get around that!
This recipe is for a smoothie – so the only equipment you need is a BLENDER.
What you need:
- A blender
- 5 Medium sized Ziploc bags or you could use Tupperware
- 1 box of baby spinach (washed and dried)
- 3 mangoes (or if you can find the canned stuff, 2 or 3 cans of mango)
- 1 can of pineapple chunks in juice
- 2-3 kiwi fruit
- 3 green apples
- 3 bananas
- 1 tub of Greek yogurt (I like vanilla, but plain or even pineapple would be good)
- Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder (I know. You’re like “what the heck?” You get it in the health food aisle at Superstore. It’s about $20 for a bottle. It lasts forever. It has basically no taste, but it adds great Omega Fatty Acids and EFAs as well as a significant amount of protein, which you need at breakfast time!)
- Ice cubes
Roughly chop the mango and slice the kiwis, bananas and apples. Divide that fruit into five piles and then distribute each into one of your baggies or containers. Open your can of pineapple and evenly distribute the fruit among the baggies, then pour some of the remaining juice into each baggie too.
This is where I seal up my baggies and put them in the fridge. When I’m ready to make my smoothie, I empty a baggie into the blender, top it with a handful of spinach, 4 good dollops of yogurt, 6-7 ice cubes and a Tablespoon of Pumpkin protein. Blend until all the chunky bits are gone.
The best part is, it’s one mess, once a week and you’ll have breakfast for Monday to Friday ready to go. Add a piece of whole grain toast with nut butter or a scrambled egg and you’ve hit all the right food groups to start your day on the right foot 🙂
If you are SUPER pressed for time, you could always add a handful of spinach to each baggie, the yogurt and even the protein powder and then all you’d have to do is empty the contents and add the ice cubes before blending.
Each baggie should make enough for two smoothies. But what about the mess IN THE BLENDER every morning?
Well, once you’ve poured your smoothie goodness out. Quickly rinse the blender, add a drop of dish soap, fill it half way with luke warm water and put it back on the blender! Turn it back on and let the soapy water clean your blender.