Freezer Smoothie Packs: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.
Freezer Smoothie Packs! Ready to go when you are. These smoothie packs make mornings or a nutritious snack on the go easier. They are customizable, and can be packed with extra protein, or be a substitute for a less nutritious treat.
School is out, summer is here. Before school got out I was counting down the days. And now that it is, all I can think is, “Why is it I always can’t wait for school to be out?” Don’t get me wrong, I am loving having my kids home, and I am not ready for them to go back yet. But I have a tendency of thinking life is going to slow down, and get easier because I won’t be dealing with carpools, and homework. But my reality is far different.
Usually when school gets out, that is when the real “busy” begins. That “busy” is more fun than the school year busy, but no less tiresome. And without the structure of the school day, sometimes summers mean odd meal times and sugary, low nutrition snacks.
In an attempt to combat that this summer, I decided to take a day and make smoothie packs so we would have tasty, nutritious smoothies ready to go at a moment’s notice. They are still sweet and yummy, so my kids love them, and I can add in all the extra goodies to make them at least somewhat good for my kids.
And oh man we had so much fun making these. The kids love to customize their smoothies to their preference. My son, for example, hates bananas, so you won’t find one in his packs. My daughter prefers more greens, and loves adding in extra veggies with her fruit. Her fruit of choice is berries. And me??? Well, I like mine to be bright green, and totally creamy. So you will find lots of spinach, light colored fruits (pineapple, mango, and banana), and a half an avocado.
And of course, I want these smoothies to taste good, but I want them to be good for us as well. So in addition to prepping packs for the freezer, we also make pantry packs that have added ingredients that bring that smoothie up a notch, like chia seed, flax seed, protein powder, peanut butter powder, etc. You could totally add these things right to the freezer pack, but sometimes they stick to the bag when I do that so I don’t love to.
I used plastic sandwich bags to make my smoothie packs, but if you want a more eco-friendly option you can use mason jars, or freezer containers. Bags worked better for me because they fit in random places, and I can fit more in my drawer!
Making Smoothie Freezer Packs
- Greens: Assuming you want greens, you are going to use a cup or so of packed greens. Now I love to use fresh spinach, but you can use Kale, or really anything. I sometimes just buy already frozen spinach too.
- Fruit: Get creative and have fun with the flavor combos, you could do a “Very Berry” or a “Tropical” or something else. If I am adding greens I stick to the lighter colored fruits so my smoothie doesn’t end up looking brown. Brown smoothies are not appetizing. Some of our favorite fruits: peaches, pineapple, berries, mango, and banana.
- Yogurt or Avocado: You will want something to make your smoothie a little creamier. I love using the Silk Almond Dairy Free Yogurt, vanilla flavor. You can just scoop it into your baggie, or you can pre-freeze it into ice cubes and add a couple into the bag. You can also use both. I often do. Or just add it when you add the liquid.
- Extras: I love adding chia seed, hemp, flax, or protein powder to my smoothies for a little something extra. You can do bee pollen, spirulina, peanut butter protein powder, and the list goes on. You can add right to the bag, or make a separate baggie to keep in your pantry (I like this better)
Then when you are ready to make them, just dump them in the blender, and add 1 cup of your favorite liquid. My personal favorite is Silk Coconut Milk Unsweetened. But I might use Silk Almond or Soy milk, or their new Protein Milks. I recently made a peanut butter and chocolate smoothie and used the Silk Cashew milk, and it was amazing.
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I had so much fun making a bunch of different flavor combinations, and I am sharing our favorites with you here, but I would encourage you to come up with your own. Try it out. Use the following formula, and you can’t go wrong:
- 1 cup greens
- 1/2 a banana, or a little sweetener if you hate banana
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1 Tbs extras (chia, hemp, flax, protein)
- 1 cup Silk Unsweetened of choice
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.