January is all about fresh starts and new goals. I’ve thought long and hard about it, I’m going to give my all to 2017 and pushing towards the resolutions I’ve set in the past but pushed aside for reasons I can’t even recall now. This year is going to be great. I’m setting the intention of making it everything by working hard and staying focused.
What are you going to change up in 2017?
If healthy eating is apart of your plan, you’ve come to the right blog post. I’m happy to be sharing this super quick and easy smoothie starter that has made my morning smoothies that much easier to throw together. I’d be lying if I said I started every single day with a green smoothie. In a perfect world I would, but sometimes you want to reach for something else. Maybe pizza leftovers from the night before? I’m guilty of it too.
Healthy eating is all about finding shortcuts that work for you and your lifestyle. Without compromising your mental health in the process. Don’t overcomplicate the situation, take what you love and turn it into something you can be consistent with. For me it’s smoothies. I love them, I swear by them and they’re really affordable to make at home. I’m able to get my sweet fix and a few servings of fruits and veggies in the process. It’s truly a win-win situation.
I take a shortcut by purchasing already washed, organic Simple Truth spinach and kale. You can recycle the containers afterwards and save yourself a few minutes of washing which makes this come together in a matter of minutes. I keep a few bunches of bananas on hand for freezing once they’ve become super ripe. I recommend peeling and eating them when they’re covered in spots, that way they’re sweeter and easier to digest properly. At any given point I usually have enough bananas in my freezer for 1-2 weeks of smoothies. Keeping that cycle going helps me stick to a routine of smoothies for snacking when I want something sweet. I promise you can’t taste the greens at all!
To help you make moves towards your health goals, I’ve also included three very easy and delicious smoothie recipes using these smoothie starters as the base. Now you have inspiration to make something that’s not only delicious, but great for your overall health and wellbeing.
Wishing you the very best in 2017!
DIY Green Superfood Smoothie Starters
Don't let those greens go to waste! Blend them up and make a batch of smoothie starters for a quick and easy breakfast option on the go.
- Silicon Muffin Pan*
- 6 cups Spinach, fresh
- 3 cups Kale, fresh
- 6 Bananas, super ripe
- 1/2 cup Water, to blend
- 3 tbsp Flax Meal
- 3 tbsp Chia Seeds
- Measure and blend everything until smooth.
- Pour into a silicon mold, filling to the top and freeze until set. About 4 hours minimum or overnight is best.
- Pop out of silicon mold and transfer to a freezer-safe bag or air-tight container.
- Add one smoothie starter to your high-speed blender with 8 oz. juice, non-dairy milk and/or water to blend. Adding fresh fruits and/or veggies as desired to change the taste.
My personal favorite combo is 2 green smoothie starters, 1 tbsp nut butter, 16 oz. almond milk, 1 tbsp cacao powder.
1 starter yields an 8 oz smoothie when blended with 1 cup of liquid. Totaling about 10 grams of protein, if using soy milk.
Don't have a silicon pan? Use a muffin tin and line it with two strips of parchment paper.
Serving Size 1 starter
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2 g
Sodium 20 mg
Total Carbohydrates 19 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sugars 8 g
Protein 3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
3 Easy Smoothie Combos
PB & J + Greens
1 Smoothie Starter
1 tbsp Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Raspberries
1 cup Non-Dairy Milk
1 Smoothie Starter
1/4 cup Blueberries
1/4 cup Strawberries
1 cup Apple Juice
1 Smoothie Starter
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 cup Coconut Milk
PIN IT FOR LATER!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger/Fred Meyer. The opinions and text are all mine.