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!