How to Prep Your Smoothies for The Week
Friday, January 5, 2018
LifeTime WeightLoss in Hanna Grinaker, LTWL Staff, meal prep, smoothies

 

If you follow this blog, you probably know we’re big fans of batch prepping meals to save time and money, and keep on track with healthy eating. But lately we’ve been into prepping our protein shakes, too.

You’ve most likely seen the advertising on social media for pre-made deliver-to-your-door smoothies to make life easier. And while we think that’s a super great idea, it’s not always affordable.

And, hey, why spend money when you don’t have to? Because if you have a blender, an ice cube tray and 20 minutes to spare, you can prep your shakes for a week without much fuss. Here’s how:

 

STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR FAVE RECIPE

If you’re choosing to make a full week of smoothies, multiply your recipe by 7. Or choose a few if you want variety. If you need fresh protein shake ideas for the new year, we’ve included four below. 

STEP 2: GRAB YOUR BLENDER AND STORAGE CONTAINERS

Any blender will do. We like to use ice cube trays and Ball jars for storage. (You could also opt to just use glass containers for individual smoothies.) 

STEP 4: BLEND, POUR, FREEZE

Add all of your ingredients to the blender until smooth. Then pour into your ice cube tray(s) and place in the freezer. One ice cube tray will make 4 servings. If you’re making more than one type of smoothie, pour one serving into 4 of the ice cube openings. Cover tray with tin foil and freeze until ready to use. (If just using the Ball jars, pour a serving into the glass jar, leaving room at the top and freeze). 

STEP 5: RE-BLEND AND ENJOY

When you’re ready to drink your shake, take the cube tray out of the freezer and add 4 smoothie cubes to the blender along with about ¼ cup of almond milk (or milk of your choosing). Blend and pour into a Ball jar for an on-the-go smoothie pre- or post-workout. (If using Ball jars, take the shake out of the freezer an hour before drinking and shake up once thawed.)

 

TURMERIC GINGER SMOOTHIE

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.  

Servings 1 | Calories 360 | Sugar 14 g | Fat 12 g | Carbs 40 g | Fiber 13 g | Protein 27 g

  

AVOKETO SMOOTHIE

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. 

Servings 1 | Calories 390 | Sugar 7 g | Fat 23 g | Carbs 27 g | Fiber 17 g | Protein 26 g

   

CHOCOLATE MALT SMOOTHIE

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. 

Servings 1 | Calories 325 | Sugar 8 g | Fat 14 g | Carbs 23 g | Fiber 14 g | Protein 29 g

 

SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE 

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.  

Servings 1 | Calories 330 | Sugar 15 g | Fat 8 g | Carbs 40 g | Fiber 20 g | Protein 28 g

 

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Written by LTWL Staff and recipes by Hanna Grinaker, Corporate Registered Dietitian–Life Time Weight Loss

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