Smoothies in a bag

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Toddlers can be quite perplexing.  There was a level 4 meltdown one day from my little man because I – yes you can all judge me after hearing this – put milk in his cereal.  Which we have done dozens of times before.  That moment of thoughtlessness on my part, was followed by 45 minutes of rolling around on the floor, screaming – general toddler hysteria.

So no milk, nothing green, no cheese anymore – his list of no foods is getting longer by the moment. That is why you could have knocked me over with a baby wipe when he started guzzling down the kale-protein powder-berry smoothies I have been making for myself.  I had a good maniacal mommy laugh in my head as I watched him slurp down all that healthy, delicious goodness.  Mommy-1, Toddler-0: for a brief, brief moment.

I keep these pre-assembled freezer bags of smoothie ingredients in the freezer all the time.  Taking a few minutes once a week to assemble the bags makes it much more likely that I will bust out the blender to whirl these up.

Smoothies in a bag

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen berries (I use a mixed berry, strawberries, blackberries - whatever I have around)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 5-6 kale leaves pulled off the stem (I keep a bag of these in the freezer)
  • 1 scoop protein powder - plant based Vega energizing smoothie in vanilla almondilla is a great product. Chocolate flavor excellent also. 2 servings of vegetables in each scoop, along with omega-3's, protein and fiber.
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • Unsweetened almond milk - enough to cover ingredients in blender about 3/4 of the ways up. More, if you want it thinner.

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients, except almond milk, in freezer quart bag.
  2. Make different variations by altering fruit-protein powder-greens.
  3. Other combination that we enjoy - strawberries, chocolate protein powder, banana, handful spinach.
  4. When ready to blend, empty bag into blender, pour almond milk 3/4 of the way up the ingredients, blend, add more milk if it does not blend easily, or you would prefer thinner end result.
  5. Makes enough for mommy and a few kids to enjoy for breakfast. And if you run out, just grab another bag out of the freezer and repeat!
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