Smoothie Prep Packs: A Cinnamon-Cauli + Berry BEE-licious Smoothie
stop. it's smoothie time.
When it comes to making smoothies I love to pack 'em full of bananas, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, apples, pineapples, peaches… [ah, the list goes on and on]. Give me ALL the fruit!
But lately I’ve been making a conscious effort to incorporate more greens and veggies into my smoothie creations. In fact, I saw a nifty little trick to add [steamed & frozen] cauliflower… golly gee. You must first chop the cauli into bite-sized pieces and steam it. Afterwords, lay all the cauli pieces on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Add a little shimmy shake of cinnamon, and then place the pan in the freezer. After the florets are frozen, you can pop them into smoothies just as you would with fresh or frozen fruit.
What a grand idea. It adds some bulk, and helps ease up on the suga-suga.
Another trick that amps up my smoothie game is prepping quick smoothie packs. It’s as easy-peasy as it sounds. You prep and chop all of your smoothie ingredients (fruits and veg), then portion into individual single serve bags to store in the freezer. When you’re ready to NOM, you simply remove a pack from the freezer, place in a blender with some liquid [+ collagen, if desired], and blend up!
Lately I've been vibin' on a cauli + berry smoothie. It's quite tasty so I figured I'd spread some smiles and share the recipe with you! I used fresh fruit, but this would work equally the same with frozen. You do you!
[Cinnamon-Cauli + Berry BEE-licious Smoothie]
- 1 - 2 cups fresh green spinach
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup granny smith apple
- 3/4 - 1 cup steamed and frozen cinnamon cinnamon cauliflower
- 2 cups almond milk
- (optional) 1 scoop collagen peptides
- Place chopped fruit into a freezer bag [I use the sandwich size]
- Add frozen cinna-cauli
- Finish off with the spinach
- Seal the bag and place in the freeze
- When ready to prepare, simply add frozen ingredients to a blender* [I use a nutribullet]
- *quick sidenote: sometimes the ingredients will all freeze together into a solid ice chunk [especially if you're using fresh fruit] ... ha, sooooo .... it helps to take the bag and knock it on your kitchen counter a couple times to break things up [that's what I do at least, #beezykitchenhacks]
- Add liquid + collagen, if desired, [currently I'm a fan of Sports Research ... dissolves well, no taste, perfection] and blend
Modifications ... you know, just some ideas to keep it jazzy :)
- After the smoothie is blended, go cray with the toppings [almond butters, honey, granola, goji berries, nuts, coconut shreds... whatever your hear desires]
- Sub in chocolate almond milk if you normally use vanilla
- Add a protein powder [currently I’m a fan of Rootz chocolate banana nut protein powder... it seriously tastes like dessert, woo!]
- Add your favorite Greek yogurt for a flavor twist [use an ice cube tray to freeze the yogurt into cubes, then pop those into the freezer bag along with your other ingredients]