Power Fruit & Veggie Smoothie
Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. That’s what ‘they’ say anyway. I don’t have an argument to disagree and quite frankly it’s my favorite meal of the day. Maybe that goes hand in hand with my love of food. I mean why on earth would I purposely skip an opportunity to eat a delicious meal! You might be saying, “well yeah I like breakfast but I don’t always have time”. You’re in luck, this power fruit & veggie smoothie recipe is prep ahead making for a speedy breakfast routine before heading out the door.
I’m more of a sweet breakfast person than savory. Every once in awhile I get on an egg kick, but my go to breakfast is definitely sweet. I usually latch onto a breakfast combo and go on a 3 month run of eating the same breakfast Monday through Friday before I decide to switch it up. The weekends are usually left to protein pancakes. Did I mention I’m a sucker for a sweet breakfast or what?
My latest breakfast ‘kick’ is this power smoothie packed with nutrients and protein. Before I tell you all the ingredients and have you thinking that sounds disgusting, let me first tell you how I arrived at this creation.
I typically try to be cognizant of my sugar intake. Sugar is not the enemy. That’s not what I’m saying. However, if I didn’t pay attention to it, I would easily consume something like 8 servings of fruit in a day and think nothing of it. Fruit is also not the enemy, but that leaves less room for things like vegetables. This smoothie has a good balance of fruit AND veggies. Starting my day with some hidden veggies is never a bad thing in my book.
The key there being hidden veggies. You really can’t taste them! Don’t believe me? I dare you to try it.
Veggies: Zucchini, carrots, spinach
Fruit: Banana, strawberries
Extras: Real vanilla extract, almond milk
I think my favorite part of this breakfast is that I can partially prep it ahead of time to cut down on the time it takes to make breakfast in the morning. Smoothie freezer packs. Perhaps you have seen this idea on Pinterst, it seems to be everywhere. Usually the freezer packs are all fruit and basically consist of different bags of frozen fruit combined into smaller ziplocs. Believe it or not, the veggies in this smoothie do really well in the freezer bags meaning smoothie freezer packs can be more than just fruit. Say whhhat!?
Another bonus, if I have veggies in the fridge or bananas on the counter that are on their way out and I know we won’t get to eating them before they spoil, I can throw them in the freezer to later make smoothie packs. I can’t tell you how many bags of partially used spinach and baby carrots this has saved let alone bananas. Why do bananas go from green to brown in no time at all! I hate throwing out food so this really kills two birds with one stone.
So here’s the scene. It’s Sunday, meal prep day (or whatever day of the week you decide to do a bit of meal prep). I start by gathering my ingredients for the smoothie packs. This includes quart size freezer bags which I reuse over and over. I usually toss them back in the freezer after I’ve used the contents so I know where to find them the next time I prep smoothie packs.
The only thing that needs cut up is the zucchini and the bananas. I like to peel off some of the skin on the zucchini (takes out bitterness) and cut into 2 inch chunks. I slice the bananas into 3-4 pieces depending on the size of the banana. Now you are ready to assemble each smoothie bag. If you have leftover ingredients (that awkward leftover piece of zucchini), just toss them in the freezer for smoothie packs next week.
Assemble your smoothie bags using the amount of ingredients to achieve your desired size of smoothie. The recipe below will give you one large single serving smoothie or 2 medium smoothies.
Come smoothie making day, set up your blender. Grab your smoothie pack from the freezer, vanilla greek yogurt, almond milk (or milk of choice), protein powder of choice, and vanilla extract (optional). Place ingredients in blender and BLEND. Serve in a tall glass with a straw, spoon or straight from the glass if you like a thinner smoothie.
If you are in the market for a new blender, I strongly recommend a Vitamix. You don’t have to get the top of the line Vitamix, we just have the basic model and it definitely puts the ‘smooth’ in smoothie! I also have a Ninja which is a bit more affordable and a great option if you can’t quite swing the Vitamix. If you are on the fence though, Vitamix hands down.
What’s your latest breakfast kick? Do you have a favorite smoothie?
- 4 baby carrots
- 1 2-3 inch chunk of peeled zucchini
- 1 small handful of spinach
- 4-6 frozen strawberries
- 1/3 of a small banana (or ¼ of large banana)
- 1 handful of rolled oats
- 1 heaping spoonful of greek yogurt
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder - we use Jay Robb Whey Protein
- Almond milk (or milk of choice) to desired consistency
- 1 tsp. real vanilla extract
- Prep freezer packs ahead of time. Ingredient list is for 1 freezer pack yielding one large smoothie or 2 medium smoothies.
- When you are ready to make your smoothie, add freezer pack to blender along with ingredients from "Smoothie Day". Blend until smooth.
- Serve in a glass with a straw or in a bowl with a spoon.