I know I keep saying it, but one thing I love so much about smoothies is just how easy they are to make! You just need to throw some produce and water in a blender and you have an insanely healthy and delicious meal or snack. It really is the ultimate fast food.
After many years of smoothie making, I have picked up a few tips and tricks to make your blending process even simpler, so today I am imparting my smoothie making wisdom to you 😉
1. Make and freeze smoothie bags.
A great way to save time on your smoothie making process is to make individual smoothie bags and freeze them. On a weekly bases, you could peel and chop up ingredients for smoothies, and put all of the ingredients you would need for each smoothie in it’s own ziplock bag or container to stick in the freezer. Then you can just grab a new bag each morning, empty it into a blender and add water, and voila! Instant smoothie. Note that some produce freezes better than others, and I don’t recommend sticking greens in the freezer. I’ll get to how you can freeze your greens in tip # 6.
2. Step away from the microwave.
One thing I hate to see is when someone is making themselves a green smoothie and they take their produce from the freezer- and then microwave it! They have just killed all of the amazing vitamins and minerals in the fruit! If you don’t like using ice-cold produce, allow it to defrost the night before, or add hot water to your smoothie to balance out the cold fruit.
3. Prep the night before.
If you don’t do a weekly smoothie prep, you can still speed up your morning smoothie making by prepping the night before. Simply slice your produce, put it all in the blender, and store your blender in the fridge over night. In the morning, add water to the blender, and you’re good to go.
4. Buy in bulk.
A great way to save money is to buy your produce in bulk. If there is a sale on a certain fruit or vegetable, stock up and- you guessed it- freeze it for future use.
5. Use produce bags.
Other than freezing, another great way to prolong the life of your produce is to use produce bags or absorbent salad bags. Produce bags can be found in grocery stores and even dollar stores and keep your produce fresher for longer. Salad bags are generally made of towel like material and they are great for absorbing excess moisture and keeping your greens fresh.
6. Make spinach cubes.
If you want to freeze your greens ahead of time, here’s how I recommend doing it. Add you greens with a tiny amount of water to your blender and puree it, and then pour the mixture into your ice tray. Freeze and then pop green cubes into your smoothie mix to up the nutrition!
7. Change up your ingredients.
I talked about this in last week’s post, but a great way to get the maximum benefit from your smoothies is to use a variety of ingredients. For more on that, you can check out [Title of Last Week’s Post]
8. Sip, don’t chug.
Green smoothies are really packed with a lot of food and nutrients, so you don’t want to guzzle them down- think about the amount of produce you add to your blender, and now imagine scarfing all of that down in a matter of minutes. It’s much easier on your body and digestive system if you drink them slowly and allow your body to absorb them at a more natural pace.
9. Consider a travel-sized blender.
This is completely optional, but if you’re on the road a lot, bringing along a travel sized blender is a great way to ensure that you’re getting in your greens while you’re away. Something like a NutriBullet is perfect because it is a powerful blender but also very small and compact so it can easily fit into your suitcase. You can bring your blender anywhere- your hostel, hotel room, friend’s house, or camp ground!
10. Keep it simple.
Sometimes I see smoothie recipes that seem to contain every fruit, vegetable, and superfood powder known to mankind, and all I can think is ouch! Like I discussed in tip # 8, you want to be mindful or how much you are putting into your body at one time. More is not necessarily better, and our bodies really do best with simplicity. A few fruits and vegetables and some water is all you need.
Oh and of course, have fun with it J Smoothies are an awesome part of your health journey, and I hope these tips help you to get the most out of your blending and smoothie making!