In just 10 minutes, you can meal prep smoothies to enjoy all week! Even on busy mornings, your breakfast will be yummy, healthy & protein-packed.
Even if you’re rushing out the door to work or searching for lost mittens before the school bus arrives, you’ll be reminiscing about a beach day with this smoothie. I was born and raised in Florida. We were surrounded by gorgeous fruit all year long. My mom and I would pick ripe loquats from the tree in front of a bank! So, when I want a smoothie, I think TROPICAL: strawberry, mango, orange, carrot and coconut.
I happen to looooove the orange-carrot combo. The flavors really complement each other. But, including frozen fruit means that the final smoothie only tastes like fruit. Good for sneaking in a little extra nutrition!
Let’s Meal Prep Smoothies
As a mom, the school routine takes every minute of our morning. I’m busy making sure my kiddo starts her day with breakfast, brushed teeth, clean clothes and hopefully homework makes it in the backpack. But I am either eating a granola bar or chugging a bottle of green juice… or just making a thermos of hot tea and promising myself I’ll eat breakfast when I get back home. SIGH.
To beat the morning craziness, consider taking 10 minutes on Sunday to get your smoothie ingredients ready for the week. With juices, frozen fruit, protein powder and coconut water – and a few food storage containers or zipper bags – you can have breakfast ready to go! Gather your frozen ingredients. Divide them into single-serving containers. Freeze.
Frozen Juice Cubes
Fruit juice ice cubes are a great solution for 1) perfect frozen smoothie texture with added flavor, and 2) ensuring you get to enjoy the juice you bought before little mouths drink it all!
Pour carrot juice and orange juice into ice cube trays. Freeze overnight. The next day, pop the cubes out. In 4 food storage containers or zipper bags, divide up
- frozen strawberries & frozen mango
- OJ cubes & CJ cubes
Now seal the containers/bags. Store in the freezer.
If you’re using a few minutes on Sunday to prepare your breakfast for the week, why not add on a few more minutes to prepare lunch for work? One-pan couscous and smashed tomato veg and vegetarian Greek salad with quick tzaziki both take a mere 30 minutes. Breakfast AND lunch for the week, in under an hour? YES PLEASE!
Blend Your Meal Prep Smoothies
When Monday morning comes (and boy, doesn’t it always!), grab one smoothie container from the freezer. Tip the contents into a blender. In these photos, I use a small bullet-style blender. However, a regular blender and a high-speed blender will work just fine. Add a scoop of plant-based protein powder. Finally, pour coconut water in.
Coconut Water Benefits
Many grocery stores carry coconut water in cartons and cans. If you haven’t tried it yet, you’re in for a treat! In addition to the cool crisp water and coconut flavor, it is packed with natural electrolytes and potassium. Yep… coconut water has electrolytes (like in Gatorade, but without the added sugar) for hydration and replenishing your body. It also has more potassium than bananas! Check out “The Truth About Coconut Water” for more.
Blend your deliciously tropical breakfast smoothie. I love that natural fruits and vegetables can make such BRILLIANT colors!
Keeping the measurements the same, feel free to substitute any combination of frozen fruits and juices that tickle your tastebuds! Here are some ideas to get you started.
- YELLOW: Frozen bananas + frozen pineapple. Apple juice + passionfruit juice.
- DARK RED: Frozen cherries + frozen strawberries. Cherry juice + pomegranate juice.
- GREEN: Frozen kiwi + frozen banana. Green juice + apple juice.
- 10oz frozen mango
- 10oz frozen strawberries
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup carrot juice
- 4 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 4 cups coconut water
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Blender
- Calories: 218
- Sugar: 23.2g
- Sodium: 209mg
- Fat: 0.1g
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 33.2g
- Fiber: 4.2g
- Protein: 20.7g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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