smoothie booster packs

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 in Food

It is no secret that I love smoothies. I especially love smoothies for an on-the-go breakfast. I can make them at home and then take them along wherever the breeze takes me. What I don’t like about smoothies? The amount of ingredients they take.

You are probably saying, “Fruit. Milk. Ice. That isn’t that many.” And you are right, that isn’t! But to make my smoothies into super breakfasts, I load them full of powders, seeds and nutrition boosters. By the time I get out, measure and put away all of my additions, a smoothie can take upwards of 20 minutes to perfect. Ridiculous! And completely unacceptable for those of us that work outside-the-home.

So I had a moment. The light bulb went on. What if I put all of that stuff together ahead of time, froze it, and then just popped it back into the blender with some fruit and milk when it was smoothie time? Kinda genius, right?

The smoothie booster packs were born! In my blender, I tossed in:

  • 2-1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
  • 2/3 cup brown rice protein powder
  • 3 cups fresh spinach

I sent the mixture for a whirl and then poured it evenly into the cups of a muffin tin for freezing.

After a night’s rest in the freezer, I dipped the muffin tin in hot water, popped out the booster packs and tossed them into a freezer bag for storage.

Now I just toss a couple into the blender when I’m ready to have a smoothie and I’m adding a ton of nutrition (healthy fats, minerals, protein!) power. Beyond the nutritional benefits, the cold booster packs replace any need for ice in a smoothie. Win. Win.

It is also a great way to preserve any smoothie-destined greens that might be on their last leg. No need to buy a bucket of spinach for green monsters the next time you go grocery shopping, you have it frozen in booster packs already!


What would you add to your smoothie booster packs?

19 Comments

  1. Brilliant. Just brilliant.

    I came across a post somewhere last week (I think I pinned it on pinterest) where someone had done the opposite: blended yogurt and fruit to make the base. Wheels are turning, my friend.

    If I can just find a combo that works with coffee. I’m such an addict.

    • Do you put coffee in your smoothies at all? That sounds yum. :)

  2. What Krissie said.

    BRILLIANT! :)

    • Ha! Thanks. :)

  3. WHOA that is genius!!

    • It’s actually just me being lazy. :P

  4. You are so smart. Seriously. That’s totally bril.

    • Thank you! :D

  5. Your new picture looks so pretty! That was my favorite too.

    Love this idea. Will make this to prep for my morning breakfast. Sometimes we can be lazy in the morning.

    • Thank you! I (obviously) liked this one the best.

  6. You. are. a. genius.

    • Ha! Thanks. :P

  7. Omg. This is the best thing ever. I think I love you.

    • :D

  8. I LOVE this idea. Just genius! It’s going to cut down on so much time, can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before!

  9. would it be fine to substitute the coconut water with milk? or would it be better to just sub the coconut water for regular water?

    • Dairy is always a little iffy in the freezer, but it might be worth a try. Regular water would definitely work, so would other kinds of fruit juice and maybe even non-dairy milks. Let me know what you find out!

  10. Luv ~ Loving this!!!

    repinning right away,
    with lots of love,
    sadie @allnaturalme

  11. This is amazing. I wonder how some of the ingredients I usually add to my smoothies would fare in the freezer (BCAA powder, flax oil, liquid l-carnitine)? I’m always nervous about changing the chemical properties of things.

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