Oh boy oh boy it is hot. Hot, hot here- like 150° or so today. I have been playing with some make-ahead and freezable recipes to just avoid being in the kitchen as much as possible. We are also down to the last week of school so we are trying to iron out our summer routine and I suspect we will be away from home quite a bit in the next few months.
Anyway, this week I did some freezer meals and I decided to try making freezer smoothies as well. Let me tell you these turned out perfectly so I am really excited to tell you about this!
I did several batches of smoothies- some breakfast ones for me and some for the kiddos. The best part about smoothies is that you can really use any fruit you have on hand so this is a great way to take advantage of the amazing deals on fruit right now.
To get started you need your containers for the smoothies. I used these awesome new Ball freezer jars:
You can get them in 16oz or 8oz size in the canning section of the grocery store, Walmart or my Lowe’s actually has them too. Just look for the mason jars and other items for canning preserves or displays of Ball products. The price is about $3-4 per pack.
Another option would be Amazon where these range from $5.50-6.00 or so.
You might be able to use Mason jars or even Ziploc baggies instead but I have really had great luck with these Ball jars.
So I just picked three recipes to make and doubled all the ingredients. You can modify these to accommodate the fruit you have on hand:
- Chocolate Banana Smoothie with flax and espresso powder
- Mango-Pineapple Smoothie (I actually used peaches instead of mango and it turned out really well)
I also made a strawberry smoothie just to use up some extra berries we had in the fridge: 2 1/2 cups of strawberries, 1 pint of blueberries, 2 cups of spinach, 2 tbl of steel cut oats, 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 cup pomegranate juice. I think orange juice might be even better but I was just using what was on hand.
I have started taking these with me when I hit the gym in the morning or take the kids to school. If I grab one around 8am it is defrosted enough to drink by 9.30-11.30 just depending on how hot it is outside.
I grabbed two of the 8oz smoothies for the kids at noon the other day and by the time we finished playing at the park around 2, they were also defrosted enough to drink.
If your weather is not quite as warm (it has been 90ish here in California) you might pull it out the night before to have ready for the morning.
Does anyone else have a yummy smoothie recipe we can try? I stuck with some healthier options but you can always substitute regular yogurt or frozen yogurt if you are looking for a sweeter smoothie.