Sunday, August 27, 2017

Smoothie Freezer Pack and Some Favorite Smoothie recipes!


 While not an awesome picture these smoothie packs are pretty awesome!  We did these for the last freezer meal night at my daughter Emeline's request. The part I liked best was the frozen yogurt cubes! Then it all gets portioned out and put in a freezer instead of keeping a giant carton in the fridge. For the packs in the picture we did spinach, banana, berries and greek yogurt but they are super adaptable and you can make them just like you want.  Just add them to a blender with a cup of liquid and you're set to go! Give them a try and save yourself some time on busy mornings!

Smoothie Packs (7 servings)

Ingredients:
1 (32 oz.) container vanilla greek yogurt (or regular vanilla yogurt)
7 cups spinach
7 bananas (chopped)
7 cups mixed berries (I used frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries) (Also see other fruit ideas below!)

Other Supplies needed:
7 quart sized freezer bags
1 ice cube tray (with at least 14 compartments)

Prep Directions:
Spoon yogurt into ice cube tray and place in freezer.  Freeze for at least six hours or until solid.

When yogurt is frozen remove from trays and place two cubes in each of the 7 freezer bags.  Add 1 cup spinach, 1 banana, and 1 cup of fruit to each bag.  Seal well, making sure to release any extra air and freeze.

Serving Directions:
When ready to serve place contents of 1 smoothie pack in a blender with 1 cup liquid (coconut/almond/cows milk, fruit juice, or even water).

For a thicker smoothie add 1/2 cup of ice or another frozen yogurt pack.  For a thinner smoothie add extra liquid. Add some protein powder to pack in some extra energy!



Smoothie Variations (Use the following variations along with the measurements above to make your own unique packs)

Peach Perfection:
Omit the spinach and use peaches in place of the berries in the smoothie packs.  Add coconut milk and ice when you blend it.

Chocolate Banana Strawberry:
Use all strawberries in place of the mixed berries in the smoothie packs.  Add 1 scoop chocolate protein powder with the liquid when you blend it.

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Add 2 T. all natural peanut butter to your smoothie pack.  Add 1/4 cup extra liquid and/or ice when you blend it. Use almond milk for extra nuttiness!

Pina Colada
Use coconut greek yogurt in place of the vanilla yogurt.  Use pineapple in place of the mixed berries (or do half pineapple and half strawberries).  When ready to serve use coconut milk for the liquid.

Raspberry Peach:
Omit the spinach.  Use 1/2 raspberries and 1/2 peaches in place of the mixed berries in the smoothie packs.  When blending use 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup orange juice for the liquid and add 1/2 cup ice.

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