Since I began drinking green smoothies everyday for breakfast, I’ve come up with a few ways to streamline the process. One way I cut down on time in the morning, and noise from the blender at 5:30am, is by making a big batch of smoothie cubes each week…usually when I get back from the grocery store on Sundays.
makes 20 muffin tray cubes (10 smoothies)
1 large bag baby spinach and baby kale greens
1 lemon (juice only)
1 lime (juice only)
1 bag frozen mixed berried (slightly thawed blends better)
2 cups green tea
In my blender, I combine the frozen berries and green tea with lemon and lime juice. Blend until smooth. Then as the blender will allow, I add in handfuls of greens and pulse until blended- stopping to add more greens until the entire package is incorporated. Make sure to put the lid on the blender whenever it is running! Once everything is blended smooth, I pour the mixture into muffin trays and freeze. When everything is frozen (usually later that night), I pop out all the cubes and put them in a large zip seal bag in the freezer until they are needed.
Tips & Tricks
-I’ve switched over to a flexible muffin tray that I found for just a few dollars on amazon because it makes removing the frozen smoothie cubes much easier.
-While the blender is running, I fill a large glass pitcher with very warm water. I then add in 4 green tea bags and let it stand for about 3 minutes before removing the tea bags and putting the pitcher in the fridge for the week.
-Typically, on the same day that I make smoothie cubes I peel 5-6 bananas and break them into thirds. I put these in a separate bag in the freezer for use later in the week. Bananas do a lot for the texture & flavor of this smoothie- it really covers the vegetable taste!
-If you’re new to green smoothies, I’d recommend starting out with less greens and more fruit. Slowly decrease the fruit and add more greens as you get comfortable with the taste
In the morning, I just pop 2 pre-made cubes, 1/2 a frozen banana, and 1/2 c. oats into a single serve blending cup and top with chilled green tea. Since everything has already been previously blended & frozen, I only have to blend for about 7 seconds in the morning and I have a creamy, nourishing breakfast!