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Freezer Smoothie Baggies & 3 Recipes

21 May

Green MojitoI’m just back from a short trip to my old stomping grounds, Portland, OR, visiting my lovely friends and their new baby.  As a new mama, Kate is completely caught up in the endless cycle of breastfeeding, sleeping {sort of}, diapering, cooing, breastfeeding, sleeping {sort of}, etc.  And this doesn’t leave a lot of time for feeding herself.

New moms aren’t so dissimilar from normal people: they need to be nourished, they have no time, and they’re overwhelmed.

Enter the macronutrient-balanced green smoothie {by which I mean, a fruit smoothie with leafy green vegetables, fat and protein in it}.  A substantial snack or meal substitute that can be made in less than a minute, and using only one hand, if you do a little bit of pre-planning.

One morning Kate and I had some quiet time, thanks to a napping infant.  We also had 5 bananas, so we grabbed 10 ziplock baggies, greens, fruit, nut butters, oils, and herbs and put together smoothie baggies.  They are now stored in her freezer, labeled and ready for her to drop into a blender, and add some liquid.

Smoothie baggie prep

On the flight back to Wilmington, I was reading one of Ryanna’s Integrative Coaching papers on how to accomplish lasting change, and these lines popped out at me:

“The process of change is not just a matter of deciding on a destination, but mapping out how to get there… [an integrative health coach] helps the client plan for small, specific steps that are refined after exploring their full days, and challenges that are likely to come up.  Going slowly, implementing change one solution at a time, enables the client move from a place of overwhelm to sustainable, measurable progress in attaining their goals.”

Making smoothie baggies for Kate was me offering a simple solution to the problem of a hungry friend; I want to see her thrive and be happy, so I loved on her the best way I know how: with food.  {I know that I’m not happy when I’m hungry: we call it “hangry” -hungry + angry- here at GRUB.}

But it turns out that prepping smoothie baggies is also one way to begin changing neural pathways as you forge new, nourishing habits.

Smoothie baggies are just one possible waypost on the map to a healthier, happier self.  They help you get used to choosing ingredients that will nourish you – in Kate’s kitchen we were chanting, “fruit, greens, fat, protein”, she’s not going to forget the components to a nourishing snack anytime soon, sleep-deprivation notwithstanding.

The big goal of “healthier and happier” is made up of lots of wayposts.  And these wayposts are important, integral, really, to who we are becoming:  They are the doable starting points that help us get to our goals.

For example: Want to be more mindful?  Start right now:

Take your fingers off the keyboard {or put down your device} and put them in your lap.

Close your eyes.

Relax your shoulders, unclench your jaw, notice your feet planted on the ground.

Take a deep breath into your belly and slowly let it out.

Repeat.

Repeat again.

Want to eat more greens, make a habit of breakfast, not lose precious sleep and still get to work on time? 

Try making balanced green smoothie packs for your freezer.  Kate and I went crazy making and naming ours {see the recipes below}, but if you know you like a particular smoothie, there’s nothing wrong with filling all of the baggies with tried-and-true ingredients.

Your turn!  What are your favorite macronutrient-balanced green smoothie ingredients?  What wayposts have you stopped at on your journey to your vision of “happier and healthier”?  Share below in the Comments section – it’s good to have company on this trip!

Love,

Liz

 

Green MojitoRelaxing Mojito

½ a banana, frozen

up to 10 leaves of fresh mint {or more to taste}

½ an avocado

handful of spinach or romaine lettuce

1 Tb hemp hearts

peeled flesh of ½ a lime

1 tsp lime zest

1 cup coconut water {or more to achieve desired consistency}

For a freezer baggie:  fruit does not need to be frozen ahead of time, put all ingredients, except coconut water in a resealable container, and put in the freezer for up to a month.

Empty container contents into a blender, add coconut water, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Not a planner?  Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

 

After School Special

½ an apple, cored

2 Tb peanut butter {or more or less, to taste}

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ a banana, frozen

handful of spinach or kale

1 cup milk of your choice {or more to achieve desired consistency}

For a freezer baggie:  fruit does not need to be frozen ahead of time, put all ingredients, except milk in a re-sealable container, and put in the freezer for up to a month.

Empty container contents into a blender, add milk, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Not a planner?  Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

 

Greeña Colada

¼ cup fresh or frozen pineapple

¼ cup fresh or frozen mango

½ a banana, frozen

½ cup full-fat, plain yogurt

5-10 leaves of fresh lemon verbena

1 cup canned coconut milk (or more to achieve desired consistency)

For a freezer baggie:  fruit does not need to be frozen ahead of time, put all ingredients, except coconut milk in a resealable container, and put in the freezer for up to a month.

Empty container contents into a blender, add coconut milk, and blend until smooth and creamy.

Not a planner?  Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy.

 

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Liz Flint-Somerville, Nutritional Consultant

Liz was a partner in Grub for 3 amazing years and helped author many of our most beloved recipes and posts. She is now dedicating her time to caring for her family, writing poetry, and continuing to cook delicious Real Foods.

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9 Responses to “Freezer Smoothie Baggies & 3 Recipes”

  1. Kate May 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

    Thanks, Liz! Was so much fun to learn these easy, quick and healthy recipes! I feel better already reaching for one of these snacks rather than a handful of pretzels and a piece of key lime pie. 🙂 ohhhh, key lime pie….now that would be a fun smoothie recipe to create:

    ½ a banana, frozen

    ½ an avocado

    handful of spinach or romaine lettuce

    1 Tb hemp hearts

    1 lime (flesh)

    2 tsp lime zest

    1 cup coconut milk {or more to achieve desired consistency}

    For a freezer baggie: fruit does not need to be frozen ahead of time, put all ingredients, except coconut milk in a resealable container, and put in the freezer for up to a month.

    Empty container contents into a blender, add coconut milk, and blend until smooth and creamy.

    • Liz Flint-Somerville May 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      No, thank YOU! And for the bonus Key Lime Smoothie recipe too! I’m trying this one later this week, for sure.

  2. Liz Flint-Somerville May 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm #

    Wanted to share this recipe that Judy emailed us – thank you Judy!!

    Favorite Smoothie
    1 small organic Granny Smith apple
    1 small baby cucumber
    Big handful organic baby spinach
    1 organic carrot
    1 small wedge organic green cabbage
    Fresh Ginger
    5-6 Lemon alkaline water ice cubes
    4 frozen organic lemon slices
    2 Tbs. Oil
    2 Tbs. Chia seeds mixed in 3/4 c. Lemon alkaline water
    Stevia if desired

    Layer in blender or Vitamix and blend until smooth. Makes about 3 cups or so.

  3. Melissa Capps May 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

    Thank you! Love this smoothie ideas – and especially the freezer bags!

    • Liz Flint-Somerville May 22, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

      You’re welcome, Melissa! So glad it was helpful!

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