I learned to lean on these time-saving smoothie packs after the birth of my third son. Prior to this, I had honestly steered away from smoothies because I found I didn’t feel satisfied with a “liquid” start compared to a breakfast made with whole foods. However, with the third mouth to feed, the busier mornings caused me to rethink a morning
drink smoothie :). After playing around with several recipes, I finally found a combo of ingredients are not only satisfying but also starts my day with 4 servings of plant-based fiber-rich foods!
- 2 cups of spinach
- ½ a cup of blueberries
- One banana
~25 grams of protein
We need about 20-30 grams of protein in the morning to support muscle health. For protein, you can choose milk or soy milk or add in a protein powder.
17 grams of healthy Fat
The flaxseed and nut butter not only help us to feel full, but combing fat with fruits and vegetables helps us to absorb a great percentage of antioxidants from the produce.
The Fullness Factor
A recent study showed thick smoothies, regardless of the calorie counts, can help you feel full. It’s important for me to feel both physically satisfied (and emotionally satisfied) after eating. One way to significantly increase the fullness factor of smoothies is to make these “smoothie packs.” To make a smoothie pack, you freeze all smoothie ingredients except for the milk in a plastic baggie. This not only saves precious morning minutes, but it makes your smoothie milkshake thick.
Here is the recipe that our family has been making morning after morning: