7 steps to becoming an expert smoothie-maker


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Love smoothies? For a busy lifestyle, use these tips to ensure your smoothie love is budget-friendly, nutritiously packed and easy to make. Whether you’re on your way to work or dropping the kids off at school, in seven simple prep steps, your morning just got easier. 

Transform the freezer into your very own personalized smoothie shop filled with a variety of tasty “Bagged Smoothies” in less than five minutes! For more healthy kitchen tips, visit MealsOnHeelsByMindy.com.

Make it work for your Vitamix or blender:


1. Buy fruits and vegetables in bulk.

You can make smoothies for less money at home, especially if you hit up a sale on fruit and greens. It’s best to use what’s in season in your area to maximize nutrients and flavors.  If you can’t find what you like, buy fresh and frozen food in bulk.


2. Variety is the spice of life (bonus time-saver).

With a variety of fresh or frozen produce on hand, you can mix and match to get a slightly different smoothie for each day or make your favorite seasonal flavor. Remember, leafy greens like spinach and kale freeze really well. Bonus time-saver tip: Puree them and make ice cubes ahead of time or just toss the leaves into the labeled freezer bag.


3. Buy the right bag.

Quart-sized freezer resealable bags are great for repurposing and reusing. Using a Sharpie, mark each one with the date the pack was made. Once contents are used, cross it out, restock and re-label.


4. Stack a winning pack.

First, place the leafy greens into the freezer bag, followed by the fruit. Because I just love my greens, I prefer 2 tightly packed cups of greens to 2 cups frozen and/or fresh fruit. *Before blending, I like to add a scoop of chia or flax seeds on top.


5. Avoid Jack Frost.

Squeeze out as much air as you can and seal the bag. Removing the air helps prevent frost from forming.


7. Smoothie time

When you blend, add 1 cup of liquid — such as almond milk, coconut milk, apple juice or water — with the freezer bag contents.