I discovered that, when Lily doesn't want to eat breakfast, she will drink a smoothie. I figure this is an acceptable substitute because she gets something filling, and decently healthy, instead of whatever breakfast food I could have prepared for her. Tom has always been a smoothie lover, so I decided to do a little researching and start making smoothies for us. Jackson eats anything, and smoothies were no exception. The kid sucked down his first smoothie in about two minutes.
I wanted something easy for me or my mom when making breakfast in the morning, so I made some smoothie bags that are really grab and go. I had the forethought to take some pictures of the smoothie-bag making process, so instead of just written directions, I have pictures, too!
Step 1: Gather the ingredients you will need. I used: frozen blueberries (2, 12 oz bags); frozen strawberries (1, 64 oz bag); frozen mango (1, 24 oz bag); frozen pineapple (1, 16 oz bag); 1 banana; 1, 32 oz container of plain yogurt; 1 bag of baby spinach; and some grape juice.
I also needed 17 baggies, 1 Sharpie marker, my immersion blender, and my silicone baby food trays
Step 2: Date the baggies with the Sharpie
Step 3: Divide up 1 cup of fruit into each bag (I think my bags have a little more than a cup of fruit in each bag, I ended up with 17 baggies of fruit). I have a few mixtures: strawberry/blueberry; mango/pineapple; strawberry/mango; mango/blueberry. I divided the banana into fourths and put a piece in some of the bags. Next time, I will make sure I have more bananas. Put the baggies into the freezer.
Step 4: Pour the yogurt in the baby food trays and freeze (it took most of the day to get really solid cubes)
Step 5: Blend the spinach and a bit of grape juice with the immersion blender. Pour the mixture into the remaining baby food trays and freeze.
Step 6: Once the yogurt and spinach cubes are frozen, pop them out and add them to the fruit bags. I did one of each cube in each baggie. I had a few extra yogurt cubes, so I added those to the bags that had a bit more fruit. Put back in freezer.
Step 7: When you are ready to blend: remove one baggie from the freezer. Pour into a blender cup (I use my immersion blender to blend, so you could put this all directly into a blender). Add milk or juice or whatever thinning liquid you prefer. Blend until you get the desired consistency. Add more liquid for a thinner drink. I pour the kids drinks into reusable tag along cups with straws. Before I drink mine, I blend in some chia seeds. You could add whatever extras you wanted, like flax seeds or even protein powder.
Overall, the bagging and blending process takes a bit of time, but the outcome is an easy week of breakfasts. I can literally grab a baggie, add some liquid, and blend. The smoothie is packed with fruit, spinach, protein, and fiber. Next time, I want to try some coconut water as my liquid to add to the spinach.
Hope you enjoy your smoothies!