By Cassie Johnston
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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 other 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 so not the speedy breakfast option I want it to be.
So, a few years back, I came up with the idea of these smoothie booster packs—and they’ve saved me so much time over the years! These smoothie booster packs have all kinds of goodness in them, and they are just waiting in the freezer to be popped into whatever smoothie I’m making that day.
These smoothie booster packs are totally customizable to what you like in your smoothies and what nutritional goals you have. Looking for a boost of protein? Add protein powder. Want to get your dark, leafy greens in a drinkable version? Throw in some spinach. Looking to quell seasonal allergies? Toss in some local bee pollen. It’s up to you to craft your perfect booster packs!
I have a basic recipe for my “normal” smoothie booster packs below, but here are some options (plus I’m sure there are a whole bunch I’m forgetting) that you can add in—I’ve added affiliate links for each of my favorite brands where applicable:
This is also a great way to save smoothie mix-ins that are maybe getting ready to go bad (I’m looking at you, giant package of baby spinach that expires tomorrow)—just blend it up with the rest of the mix-ins, freeze, and use to boost the nutrition of your smoothies later. I’ve done this with berries, greens, and even avocados!
I just blend my mixture up with some water, pour it into a muffin tin, and then freeze overnight. And then, in the morning, pop out the discs (if they are struggling a bit, dip the bottom of the muffin tin in hot water), and toss them into a freezer bag for long term storage.
When I’m ready to make my smoothie, I just pull out two of the discs and throw them into the blender, usually with a banana, some frozen mixed berries, and unsweetened almond milk. Then I divide it into three servings (two grown-up size and one toddler size). Easy. Peasy.
If you end up landing on a smoothie recipe you love and want to have all the time, you can make this even easier by popping all the ingredients into zip-top freezer bags so they are ready to just dump into the blender. But I personally prefer the flexibility of the booster packs—that way, if my kid asks for a peanut butter banana smoothie today and a strawberry smoothie tomorrow, I’m covered either way!
Just a reminder: these babies are just asking to be customized! Below is just my recipe for what works for us and our family, but I highly recommend experimenting and figuring out your perfect booster packs. Happy blending!
Save yourself time in the morning with these supercharged smoothie booster packs. You’ll get perfect smoothies, every time!
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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. :)
What Krissie said.
Ha! Thanks. :)
WHOA that is genius!!
It’s actually just me being lazy. :P
You are so smart. Seriously. That’s totally bril.
Thank you! :D
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.
You. are. a. genius.
Ha! Thanks. :P
Omg. This is the best thing ever. I think I love you.
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!
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!
Luv ~ Loving this!!!
repinning right away,
with lots of love,
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.
I love this idea! I do this with spinach when it is getting wilty, I should add to it like this. LOVE it!
This is such a good idea!! I’m just getting into the smoothie game but this would be such a time saver in the mornings as I’m rushing out the door. Perfect!
I would just suck on that by itself! ha ah!
Such a good idea- I just use the boxed spinach when I add greens to them…recently, it’s been more like ice cream and milk. Maybe a banana. Oops.
This is a genius idea! I’ve frozen farm share greens when I’ve got too many to eat (and more coming in a few days) but never thought to go the extra step of adding goodies.
I get plenty of protein in my diet, no need to add more, but blending up some extra fruit, or even taking the time to rehydrate dried fruit–to blend up with the greens would sure make my smoothies faster.
I could even use leftover whey from cheese making for the liquid.
Super, duper smart idea!
These are genius! I cannot wait to try these. :)
Such a great idea! It would go hand in hand with this amazing product and save you double the time: http://www.makemydayfoods.com
My sister recently shared that she puts all the necessary ingredients for a smoothing in bags in the freezer to save the time of measuring out each day. Since we don’t run to work daily I thought this a great way to save some time; just add the liquid and blend, all done!
I am in need of an energy smoothie. Does anyone have any suggestion?
I love the thought of using Chai seeds in my smoothies but when I gave it a shot I just didn’t like the texture when drinking. Do you have the same issue or is it maybe my blender need an upgrade?
The texture of chia seeds is definitely a personal preference thing. Some folks love it, some hate it! If you aren’t a fan, leave them out. Or, you can find some finely ground chia seed powder at many health food stores that doesn’t feel as gel-tastic.
I am wondering if you know how to make homemade flavoured protein powder?? and how to measure how many grams of protein has.
Thanks hope you can help me!
I use red lentils. They have a high count of protien (27,3 g/100 g), and doesn’t taste too wierd in the smoothie. I boil them up for about 10 minutes, and put them in to an ice cube form, and stick it in the freezer. Just like this booster pack. I was thinking about trying to ground them up, and make a powder… Maybe that will be a project to try out today ?
I would do matcha, banana, chia seeds, and spinach.
Love this idea! What type of fruits and other mix ins do you add to these boosters?
This is such a great idea! I totally skip smoothies more often than not because of the mess and time. But I’m definitely going to try this!
This is definitely going to simplify my routine! It takes me so long to get out and measure all my healthy additives that I usually skip it. This makes it so convenient!
What a great idea. I need to do this.
I totally agree with you about it not being a quick breakfast when you need to get so many ingredients out. I’m the same.
This is perfect for making smoothies fast again. I’m going to do it (and even try some new ingredients from your list!)
Great idea! I usually steep green tea in water and add to my smoothie. I do not like green tea to drink alone, but in the smoothie…it’s perfect. This could be added to the mixture that goes in the freezer instead of adding just water. I also add peanut butter powder, wheat germ and carnation instant milk to my smoothie. So many options! Thanks for sharing.
It is look simple recipe. I want to try this now!
Thank for sharing
Love love love!!!, want to pin this 100000times
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