If you were to ask me what I would spend money on if I won the lottery: pay off the mortgage and hire a personal chef. That’s it, those are the two main things I’d be interested in! I actually love to eat healthy. I love fruit, I love veggies. What I can’t stand are the hours that it can sometimes take to prep said fruits and veggies for whatever recipe(s) I am attempting.
The reason that I resent all of that prep time is because I simply don’t have it. TIME. Never enough time. I am in a constant whirlwind of running here, running there, running TWO businesses from home with an active 5 year old and a little 3 month old.
TIME IS PRECIOUS and it likes to escape me! Any little thing that I can do ahead of time to ensure that I get breakfast and it doesn’t come from a drive-thru is worth it.
I have always enjoyed smoothies, of all different kinds, but a basic berry smoothie remains my favorite and probably the easiest to make. I like to add flax seed to my smoothies as well for additional health benefits.
Time Saver – You can actually make up smoothie kits – with every ingredient minus the milk – and keep these in the freezer!
One tip – my blender (just your run-of-the-mill type, nothing fancy like a Nutribullet, Ninja or Vitamix!) sometimes has trouble churning through the yogurt and berries when they are frozen solid. If your blender groans at the thought of frozen food, consider pulling a kit out of the freezer at night and letting it thaw a little in the fridge until morning.
You will need (per kit):
1. Quart or sandwich sized freezer bag
2. 1/2 cup frozen berries (crazy about berries? Add up to 1/2 cup more if you’d like!)
3. 1/2 cup non-fat vanilla flavored Greek yogurt (any brand, I usually use Dannon)
4. (optional) 1 TBSP flax seeds
5. 3/4 cup milk
How to make:
1. Fill freezer bag with berries, yogurt and flax seed.
3. Add all ingredients from freezer bag to your blender along with the milk.
4. Blend until you reach the desired consistency.
5. Enjoy! These are great on busy mornings when you’re on the go – throw in a travel cup and add a straw.