The Lazy Girl's Guide to Smoothie Prep

Lazy girl's guide to smoothie prep, strawberry and kiwi smoothies

You guys, it is so HOT out!  I know, I know, it's summer and that is what I wanted just one month ago during our last blizzard, but dang, this is rough.

I don't know about you but when I get hot I don't want to do anything at all.  The thought of getting up and moving when it is above 90 makes me want to cry.  Which is probably why I am such a wonderful morning person.

I love mornings, especially summer mornings.  It is light at 5:30, cool enough to go for a jog or walk around the neighborhood and I get my workouts done before 8 a.m.  They are simply perfect and this morning was no different.

After my workout and shower, E and I headed off to Target to pick up a few essentials and wander the aisles aimlessly waiting for Sam's Club to open.  My mother was in town for a visit this weekend, so I missed my usual after church Sam's trip on Sunday.  But, unfortunately, Sam's does not open (at least not for us regular members) until 10 a.m.--what's up with that?!

My little Target buddy.

By 10:30 I had all my chores done and was feeling pretty good but I knew by noon my attitude would change as the summer heat began to bore down.  So, as most areas of my life, I decided to prep ahead of time--with smoothies!

Smoothies are one of our all-time favorite treats in this house.  In fact, I probably use my NutriBullet more than I use deodorant (and just to be clear--I USE DEODORANT EVERY DAY!).  They are cool, refreshing, nutritious and there is just something about a smoothie that makes the day a little better.

Because, as I mentioned earlier, the heat makes me L-A-Z-Y (ugh...just typing that was hard).  So I usually buy bags upon bags of frozen fruit and veggies and have them on hand to just toss into the blender and go.  But I have been really good these past few months at sticking to a budget.  And wouldn't you know it--freezing your own fruit is so much cheaper than buying it already frozen.  That dang middleman, am I right?

Sam's was having a fantastic sale on strawberries today; 3 pounds for $3.  A bag of Marketside spinach was also $3 and a bundle of bananas was around $1.50.  So I decided to combine forces and make individual freezer packs, perfect for a single serving smoothie.  And you can, too!

Make Ahead Strawberry Banana Smoothies

What You'll Need:
  • 3 lb package of strawberries
  • 2 lb package of spinach
  • 1 bundle of bananas (I like mine a little on the green side as I feel they make the smoothie more smooth)
  • Light Vanilla Greek Yogurt (optional)
  • Almond Milk
  • Vanilla or Berry Protein Powder
  • Individual sized sandwich bags
Ahead of Time:

1. Cut off the greens from your strawberries and drop between 5 and 8 into each sandwich bag.
2. Place bananas in sandwich bags either whole or in halves depending on how much banana you like in your smoothie.
3. Place about one full handful of spinach in each sandwich bag.

4. Place bananas, spinach and strawberries in the freezer.

Spinach and strawberries pictured, bananas are in the side panel.

When You Make Your Smoothie:

Simply place one bag of each frozen fruit/veggie into your blender, a scoop of protein powder, 1/4 almond milk and a spoonful of greek yogurt (if you like).  Ice will not be necessary since your fruit/veggies are already frozen.  Blend and enjoy!

This just goes to show that a little work up front can save a lot of hassle later.  It probably took me 15 minutes to chop and bag all of my fruits/veggies and less than a minute to make the actual smoothie.

This recipe provided me with a little over a week's worth of smoothies.


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