Real Food Tip {Pre-made Smoothies}



Smoothies have become a big part of our real food diet, especially since I have a semi-picky toddler. It's the best way to pack a ton of nutritious goodness into one place, and an even better place to hide things. (Does your 2 year old eat spinach and kale knowingly? If so, do share your secret.) 
But who really wants to pull out ALL the ingredients and have their kitchen look like this very often?

If you are trying to get into eating real food, you quickly learn that it takes a good bit of planning and preparation. We live in such a prepackaged, convenience-oriented world that its hard not to just grab the easiest, quickest option, because the better option may take time and work (or dirty up your kitchen for that matter).  

I am super guilty of the convenience trap—I'm pretty sure one of Jacob's first words was "bar" (Lara Bar, granola bar, cereal bar, etc.) — and though there is no shame in the easier option— there's no hurt in trying to make some better options, easier.

One way I'm trying to that is by making a ton of smoothies a head of time, and freezing themThis has become a routine I do every week or two, and I can just destroy my kitchen for about 30 minutes and I'm doneI've been doing this the last few months and it has really helped with breakfast and afternoon snacks. 

I usually pull a jar from the freezer to the fridge the day before, and put under warm water if not completely thawed by the time I'm ready to drink it. You can find these jars at the grocery store or amazon. (Be careful not to overfill the jars, or they will bust when frozen.)


As far as recipes go, I usually just use whatever I have on hand and I don't really measure. I blend my ingredients together until I get the taste, consistency, and sweetness I like. I make sure it is thin enough to sip through a straw or sippy cup easily.

I can eat just about anything, but my husband and son will not drink my smoothies unless they're pretty dang sweet. So go ahead and add a little honey or juice— or you'll be so annoyed you wasted your time and ingredients when they don't end up drinking it. 

Smoothies don't really require a nice blender. Mine cost about $30. Yes, I would love to have (and am petitioning for) a Vitamix, but for just basic smoothies, an average blender works great.
I also go ahead and fill up the popsicles and push up pops with the smoothie mix. You can find them on Amazon Here

Here are my smoothie staples:
  • Raw Whole Milk or Coconut Milk
  • Plain organic whole milk yogurt
  • Kefir 
  • Organic Frozen Fruit (berries, peaches, mango, strawberries, pineapple—I get them from Costco)
  • Bananas ( I always peel my bananas and freeze when they're going bad) 
  • Spinach (or any other greens)
  • Raw honey
  • Ice (if you aren't using frozen fruit)
  • Fruit Juice (orange or pineapple)
Other Add-ins:
  • egg yolk (only from local, pastured eggs that I know are safe)
  • chia seeds 
  • ground flax seeds 
  • coconut oil (although it makes the texture a little gritty)  
Jacob's Favorite Smoothie:
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Strawberries    
  • 1 Banana 
  • 1 Cup of Plain Yogurt or Kefir
  • 1 Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon of Raw honey
  • Milk to thin it out to right consistency 
Blend until smooth, then taste to make sure its sweet enough. 


5 comments

  1. yes! I LOVE doing this for on the go or waking up too late to make breakfast. So easy. And of course I picked this up from the best, YOU!

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  2. Do you put raw egg yolk in them? Sam can do egg yolks just wasn't sure abt it being raw. And does that protein powder gave milk in it?
    Great post! We now do this bc of you too!
    😘

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  3. Yes, raw egg yolk is loaded with vitamin D, good fat, antioxidants and lots of other good stuff ;) Eating them raw or soft boiled is actually the best way to get all the benefits from them. You just want to make sure they are pastured and organic to ensure the safety of them as well as get the most health benefits from them. I cannot really taste them in the smoothie either.

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  4. Well, arent you the sweetest ;) So glad its been helpful!

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  5. Just now reading this! Too fun! We haven't tried premaking and freezing. We just make fresh daily. And egg? You took smoothie making to a whole new level. Haha I may try once I'm not pregnant. The thought of it now, makes me queasy.

    And I'm sad to say, my kids are the ones who eat spinach and absolutely love raw kale! Haha. From the time they could eat as a baby, I fed them vegetarian, so I guess their taste buds are familiar with it. That's my only secret to them eating it haha. I also don't give them any other food options. Whatever I cook, is whatever they get. And they always eat it. :)

    I need to try the popcicle idea! My kids would love that.

    P.S. a vitamix would be awesome! It's been on my Christmas list for 2 years now haha

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