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How to Pack Freezer Bags to Make Quick Smoothies Every Morning

Squeezing in a healthy breakfast before hurrying out the door seems to be a lifelong struggle. Even when we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast helps stabilize your blood sugar and controls the release of hunger hormones. Skipping breakfast can cause us to overeat lunch, or whatever meal eventually comes next.

So what’s the secret to a quick breakfast that isn’t just dessert in disguise? Pre-packed smoothie bags.

This five-day plan brings variety and nutrition to breakfast with ease. Just drop the prepped ingredients into the blender and head out the door. You’ll never struggle to eat breakfast again.

The Strategy: Prep Breakfast in a Freezer Bag

This is a meal prep plan, so there is a small amount of preparation required to make busy mornings easier. Setting up a freezer full of ready-to-blend breakfast smoothies relies on some planning. Still, it’s an easier task than prepping dinners for the week and you can even prep smoothies a few weeks at a time if you have room in the freezer.

Just stock up on the ingredients, measure them out into individual servings in plastic bags, and mark them with the appropriate day of the week. You can even buy your fruit pre-cut and frozen if cutting up all that fruit is a little too much. It’s all going in the freezer anyway.

Here’s a recommended list of ingredients to have in rotation for smoothies:

  • frozen berries
  • spinach or kale
  • bananas
  • flax seeds or chia seeds
  • pineapple
  • cocoa powder
  • peanut butter
  • yogurt
  • ginger
  • pistachios
  • mango
  • yogurt

Monday: The Weekend Detox Smoothie

Mondays are tough – and they’re the worst when you’ve had a little too much weekend. That’s why you’ll want to start the week with this detox smoothie that’s designed to wake you up and make you feel refreshed. Packed with plenty of fruits and veggies, you can even customize this five-ingredient vegan smoothie without actually changing the recipe.

What goes into your freezer bag:

  • ½ cup frozen berries – go for a mix or use your favorite berry (I like raspberries best)
  • ½ cup spinach or kale
  • half a banana
  • ½ tbsp of flax seeds

What you’ll need for blending:

Everything except the juice goes into your prep bag and straight into the freezer so that it’s ready for Monday morning. I usually just keep filling smoothie bags until I’m out of spinach or kale, since these are most likely to go bad in my fridge during the week.

If you want an extra protein boost, you can also add some natural nut butter or two tablespoons of silken tofu, but the banana will make the smoothie creamy all on its own. And don’t worry, I promise you won’t taste the spinach or kale – the berries cover up the mild green completely.

Tuesdays: The Green Smoothie

Green smoothies aren’t for everyone and I for one am not ready to dive into a pile of pureed vegetables on a Monday morning – which is why this is a Tuesday smoothie. But all kidding aside, when you make them with the right combination of ingredients, green smoothies don’t have to taste like a giant glass of wheatgrass. This green smoothie even has a tropical twist, bringing the islands straight to your kitchen.

What goes into your freezer bag:

  • 2 cups stemmed kale or spinach
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 banana

What you’ll need for blending:

  • ½ cup coconut milk

The same prep rules apply here as above; put all the fruit and veggies into the pre-packed bags and add the liquid when it all goes into the blender. Just make sure to break the banana up into a few pieces before you drop it into your freezer, or else it can be a little tough for your blender to break up.

Wednesday: A Sweet Hump Day Smoothie

Now that you’re full of greens, it’s time to sweeten things up. Get your Wednesday morning started with a chocolate banana protein smoothie, but don’t mess around with expensive, processed protein powders. Instead, this smoothie gets its protein from peanut butter (or the nut butter of your choosing), because I’m all about pantry staples.

What goes into your freezer bag:

  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tbsp natural creamy peanut butter

What you’ll need for blending:

  • ½ cup milk of your choosing

To be honest, there’s not really any need to prep this smoothie, but since you’re going to go through a small nation’s worth of bananas while getting everything ready, you’ll want to break those up and freeze them so they don’t over-ripen. I know I’d be buying bananas every few days if I didn’t freeze them.

I find the bananas and peanut butter make things sweet enough when combined with the cocoa powder.

Thursdays: The Nutty Smoothie

You’ve made it to Thursday or, as one of my teachers always called it, “Friday-eve” so why not mix things up with an Indian classic: pistachio lassi. Creamy and salty, with plenty of real pistachios for texture, this recipe calls for less of a freezer pack approach and something more like overnight oats.

What goes into your refrigerated jar:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ¾ tsp freshly grated ginger
  • ⅛ tsp ground pepper
  • ¼ cup pistachios

What you’ll need for blending:

  • ¼ cup water
  • a few ice cubes

When you’re ready to mix it all up, just dump the jar, water, plus a few ice cubes into the blender and give it a whirl. I recommend making these cups up a night or two before you plan to have them for breakfast, but you can grate the ginger in advance and freeze it so that you don’t have to fuss with it every time you want a smoothie.

Finally Friday: The Tropical Smoothie

It’s Friday, and that means two things: first, it’s almost the weekend, and second, it’s time to use up the leftovers in the fridge. And that brings us to this smoothie, a weekend-ready tropical vacation in a glass packed with plenty of ingredients you’ve already used earlier in the week, which will also minimize the chopping you’ve got to do. What’s not to love about that?

What goes into your freezer bag:

  • half a banana
  • ⅓ cup pineapple chunks
  • ¼ cup mango – get it frozen unless you live somewhere with great mangos
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp chia or flax seeds

What you’ll need for blending:

  • ½ cup milk of your choice

Toss everything but the milk into the plastic bag and add the milk when it’s time to blend. You’ve got to make it through one more day at work, but this smoothie will get your day off to a weekend-ready start.

Most pre-packaged or restaurant smoothies are high in calories and packed with sugar, but these homemade options are packed with fiber and will get you halfway to your five-a-day before you’re even fully awake. So skip the cereal, which is a recipe for a sugar crash, and mix one of these smoothies up. They’ll make your mornings so much better.

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About the Authortreacy-author-photo

Allison Bird Treacy is a food nerd, cat lady, and writer from New York City. Her specialties include making any recipe gluten and dairy free and keeping a lot of cultures alive in a tiny kitchen.

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