Meal Prep Tip #1 - Eco Friendly Smoothie Packs!


It's back to school time! My kids have been in school for a month, and I am just now feeling like I have some semblance of a routine! My work, plus their activities, from marching band to jazz band, to honor choir and pit orchestra, soccer and music lessons, we are on the road early and back home sometimes late in the evening. I like on the go snacks and meals and love when I can combine something that is one jar (less clean up) and portable. This is the first in a series of prep tips I'll be posting throughout the season. We're getting to that time of year when we'll be adding more activities, so stay tuned!

I used to make smoothie packs in ziplocs, but we all know that a) even though their BPA free, may contain other ingredients we don't want leeching in our food, b) are definitely not eco friendly, and c) sometimes don't seal all that well in the freezer (I really wish I had a photo of the homemade pasta sauce fiasco of 2015. Or maybe I don't.)

I started making these for my family and now for clients! I put them together and freeze with the normal tops and they're ready to mix with your favorite nut milks or yogurt/kefir, nutrient dense add-ins, such as spirulina, bee pollen, camu camu, etc., and some protein such as hemp or chia seeds or and collagen peptides or hydrolysate. I just let it thaw on the counter for a half hour (pull them out when you wake) and then either dump into blender or screw on to the blender blade (certain brands allow this - seems like more traditionally made blenders), add the milk/liquid of choice, other add ins, blend and voilá, on-the-go smoothie.

Then, you can get the metal tops that have the straw hole in them and get reusable stainless steel straws (even more eco friendly). That way, there's less concern for spillage while on the road (or on your couch).

Here's a few of my recipes below. I tend to stick to an easy formula: 1 cup of fruit/vegetable (keeping mostly lower glycemic fruits such as berries and apples, maybe some cucumber, avocado, etc.) and 1 packed cup of greens (I try to mix it up with dark leafy some days, lettuce/bok choy, etc. on others). Then add ins of choice (I always have some kind of fat - either from the milk or avocado, so the fat soluble vitamins are absorbed by the body). If I feel the need for some lime or lemon, cilantro or parsley, I'll add those to for a little gentle detox nourishment.

Try them out and let me know what you think!

Green Sunshine

1 cup tightly packed greens of choice

1/3 cup organic orange, peeled and sliced

1/3 cup organic pineapple, cored and cubed

1/3 cup organic mango, peeled and cubed

This one is higher glycemic. I love to pair it with a mixture of organic full fat coconut milk and filtered water. I start with a 1/2 total liquid and work up for preferred consistency. Add in your favorite protein, etc.!

Berryliciousness

1 cup tightly packed greens of choice

1/2 cup frozen organic mixed berries

1/4 cup gala or granny smith apple, cubed

1/4 cup peeled and pitted avocado, cubed

Since your fat is there, you can use raw, organic coconut water, water, lemon water. My kids like lemon in the water as it makes it a little more tart. Add in your favorite protein, etc.!

Summer Crush

1 cup tightly packed greens of choice

1/3 cup organic yellow peach, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup organic strawberries, sliced

1/2 small organic banana, sliced

Almond milk is great in this one. I prefer homemade or Califia brand, as it seems to be the cleaner brand available on the market. Add in your favorite protein, etc.!

Strawberry Mango "Lassi"

1 cup tightly packed greens of choice

2/3 cup organic strawberries, sliced

1/3 cup organic mango, peeled and cubed

This one calls for full fat, organic yogurt or kefir, but a cashew, coconut or almond milk yogurt would be great, with the addition of a little lemon juice (I like a little more tart depth of flavor). I like to make it two ways - less yogurt, so it is more of a soft serve (the kids like it as a treat) or as a drink. You can always add in your favorite protein, etc.!

Enjoy!

Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Classic
  • Twitter Classic
  • Google Classic
  • Facebook App Icon
  • Instagram App Icon
  • Twitter App Icon
  • Pinterest App Icon

© 2014 by Natasha Ria El-Scari. All rights reserved.   Photographs of Heather--Trish Brown Photography

**This website is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice by licensed physicians. You should always consult a physician regularly in all matters relating to medical problems, especially in matters of diagnosing, treating, curing diseases or other physical or mental conditions.