Smoothies are one of my all time favourite ways to give my body loads of nutrients, in a way that it can easily absorb. You can put anything you fancy into them, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, yogurts and more.
As a mum, it's an easy thing that I can do for myself to ensure I'm eating well and getting the nutrition that I need. An added bonus is that it does the same for my kids, and they love their smoothies too!
However it's not always easy to start or continue a new habit, so I have some tips for you today in making your smoothie game strong!
Step 1. Pick a delicious smoothie recipe that sings to you. I love to put berries in mine, but maybe you love mango, or maybe you prefer a vegetable based smoothie.
Step 2. Get enough ingredients to make at least 4 of these smoothies, and portion them out into 4 bowls or piles (not the liquid portion)
Step 3. Get 4 zip lock bags. Place each pile of smoothie goodness into a zip lock bag. Label it, and write a note on the bag with what liquid to add to the blender when you make the smoothie, and how much
Step 4. Place these bags in your freezer. Make sure that you haven't added any liquid base at this stage.
Step 5. When you are ready to make your smoothie, grab a bag from the freezer, pop the contents into your blender, and add your chosen liquid.
This method of making up 'smoothie bags' really makes it so easy to get your daily smoothie fix without much effort at all. You can make up bags of different smoothies at the same time, so you have options in your freezer too. This is a perfect hack if you are very busy in the mornings, and it makes your smoothie a really super fast food.
When I do this myself, I usually do 1 cup of berries, 1 banana, a big handful of baby spinach, a scoop or two of seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia etc) and a dash of vanilla essence of powder. I'll pop all of this in a zip lock bag and put it in the freezer. On the day i'm making that smoothie I'll add 500ml oat or almond milk, and some yogurt if I feel like it. This will make enough for 2 adults, or 1 for me and 2 smaller ones for my girls.
When we had our first baby I made up a bunch of these for the freezer, and after our baby arrived it made it super simple for my husband to make us smoothies!
Let me know if you try this hack, and what you put in your smoothie bags?
I hope you love it,
I'm Ally Chick, founder and head Naturopath here at Alysia Chick Health.