Make a Smoothie in Less Time Than It Takes to Read This Post
While whipping up a breakfast smoothie is usually pretty fast| here are some ways to make that morning meal even quicker!
| Freeze Greens
Buying greens in big containers or bags can save you money| but not if those greens wilt by the time you get halfway through. Save money and time by freezing your greens. Measure one- or two-cup portions in labeled freezer bags| or puree greens in a blender and freeze them in ice cube trays to use later.
| Coconut Water Ice Cubes
Instead of adding plain ice cubes to the blender| throw in frozen cubes made of coconut water to add more essential electrolytes to your glass. Depending on the size of your ice cube tray| each coconut-water cube is equivalent to about two-thirds to one ounce. For reference| one ounce of coconut water contains five calories| four mg of calcium| and 60 mg of potassium| so grabbing cubes is an easy way to measure without actually measuring.
| Keep Chilled Tea in the Fridge
Adding calorie-free green tea to smoothies can suppress your appetite and increase your metabolism| but it takes time boiling the water| letting the tea steep| and then chilling the tea. Save time by brewing a larger batch of tea and chilling it in a pitcher in the fridge. You can also freeze your brewed tea in ice cube trays if you know you won’t go through a whole pitcher within a week.
| Smoothie Freezer Packs
If you’re really pressed for time or like to use ingredients that you can’t buy frozen like pears or melon| make smoothie freezer packs. Note what liquid and extra ingredients to add on the bag| and your smoothie will be ready in minutes.
| Almond Milk Ice Cubes
Grab your favorite unsweetened almond milk| and use that to make ice cubes. One cup makes about eight ice cubes (depending on the size of your tray)| so it’s an easy way to know how much you’re using without having to measure (and dirty) a measuring cup.
| Best Way to Freeze Bananas
Peel| slice| and freeze bananas on a pan or plate lined with parchment paper or in freezer bags. The smaller pieces make it easy to choose the amount you like| and they blend faster too.