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Prep Once for a WEEK of Green Smoothies

Do you ever wake up on Monday morning, rushed and frantic, in a mad dash to figure out what you're going to eat for breakfast?

Yeah.  I get it.

But that all changed when I started drinking Green Smoothies!

Breakfast is one of the hardest meals of the day.  Why?  Well, we're tired - we're rushed - we're not yet in a "creative" state for coming up with recipes.  So, we tend to make poor choices.  See if any of these breakfast choices sound familiar to you:

  • Coffee..... and LOTS of it!
  • The kids' sugary cereal, with questionable smelling milk
  • Some frozen sodium-laden thingamajigger
  • The fast food joint around the corner
  • Breakfast?  What breakfast???

Green Smoothies to the rescue!
What is a Green Smoothie?
There are endless combinations, but here's a basic one:  water + banana + pear + spinach
Yes, it really is that simple.

The concept behind Green Smoothies is that we all need to eat more greens.  Unfortunately, most people aren't huge fans of scarfing down a salad every day.  So instead, why not turn the salad into a drinkable format that tastes more like a milkshake than a salad?  The fruit makes it sweet and palatable (you'll even start to crave them), and the greens almost disappear in the background.

If you want to learn more about the nutritional benefits of Green Smoothies, click HERE.
Also, it is very important to rotate your greens every week.  Learn why HERE.

The key to making Green Smoothies an EASY & CONVENIENT part of every day is to prep them over the weekend.  Everyone's schedule is different, so I'll just use mine as an example:
  • I do my grocery shopping every Sunday evening
  • Once I get to the store, I look around to see what's on sale and what's available that's in season.  As always, buy organic to avoid GMOs and toxic chemical pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides.
  • Then, on my iPhone, I reference my Green Smoothie Pinterest Board for recipe ideas
  • I pick out 2-4 recipes and grab the ingredients for them
    • I pick recipes that are very different from each keep it interesting
    • 1 bunch of greens will make 2 recipes
    • 1 recipe makes 2-3 servings

Then, when I get home, I start my prepping:
  • I put all of the Green Smoothie ingredients out on the counter
  • I pull out 5-10 mason jars & lids
  • I thoroughly rinse my greens in a colander and set them aside
  • I also wash all of my fruit and set it on a kitchen towel
  • Then I peel and chop my fruits & veggies as needed
    • Try to leave the peel on as often as possible (the peel usually has even more nutrients than the fruit's flesh).  For example, you can leave the peel on apples, pears, kiwi, even a ripe mango.  You will need to peel bananas (obviously), melons, citrus fruits, etc.
  • Next, I start blending.  If you don't have an expensive high-powered blender (I don't)'ll want to start with all liquids in the recipe and any juicy fruits.  Save the greens & hard fruits/veggies until the end, so they don't stall the machine.
  • Divide your blended Green Smoothie into 2-3 mason jars
    • If it doesn't quite fit, pour the rest in a glass and've earned it!
  • Wash the blender and start on your next recipe

It shouldn't take more than half an hour to get through all of your recipes.  Then just stick them in the freezer!  Leave 1 out and put it in the refrigerator instead (that will be your breakfast).  Then, every morning, simply move 1 mason jar from the freezer to the fridge to thaw. If you'll be drinking your smoothie for lunch instead of breakfast, wait until bedtime to move it from freezer to fridge (if you keep it in an insulated bag, it should stay frosty until lunch).

Some people like to label each smoothie with a removable or washable tag, but I kind of like the adventure of not knowing what I'm going to get each day.

And that's it.  Now you have at least one meal taken care of for every day of the week.... and it took almost no time at all!


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