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smoothie packs & my favorite smoothie

October 6, 2016

Ive got another quickie for you tonight. Its more of an idea than a recipe. Im sure a lot of you Budget Byters already stock your freezers with these handy smoothie packs, but I wanted to share the tip for those who may be new to the kitchen. Not only does this make smoothies faster and easier to make, but theyre a fraction, a small fraction, of what youll pay at your local smoothie counter.

So, the formula is easy. Three one pound bags of frozen fruit of your choice, and four bananas. Divide the frozen fruit up into 8 bags, and place half of a peeled banana in each bag as well. Seal them up tight and toss them into the freezer. When youre ready to make your delicious smoothie, place the frozen fruit in the blender, add milk (or soy or almond milk), and whatever else you want and press go! No more hauling ten ingredients out of the freezer every time you want to make one smoothie. Just grab one bag and add a liquid. Sure, I also add spinach, cinnamon, and ground flax seed, but its still way easier to have the fruit divided up. And it only takes about 5 minutes to make all 8 packs.

fruit n flax smoothie

This is my favorite smoothie peaches, strawberries, raspberries, banana, spinach, light vanilla soy milk, ground flax seed, and cinnamon. It works, trust me! If you like things sweet, add a touch of honey and itll blow you away.

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smoothie packs
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Total Cost: $10.40
Cost Per Serving: $1.30
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 16 oz. frozen strawberries $2.69
  • 16 oz. frozen raspberries $4.15
  • 16 oz. frozen peaches $2.69
  • 4 medium bananas $0.86

Instructions
  1. Divide the ingredients equally between 8 quart-sized freezer bags (1/2 banana per bag).
  2. Freeze the smoothie packs until ready to use or up to three months.

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smoothie packs & my favorite smoothie
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Cost Per Serving: $2.30
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 1 frozen smoothie pack $1.30
  • 1 cup light vanilla soy milk $0.41
  • 1 handful baby spinach $0.53
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed $0.03
  • 12 tsp cinnamon $0.03

Instructions
  1. Empty one smoothie pack into a blender and add the soy milk, spinach, flax, and cinnamon.
  2. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if needed.

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Step By Step Photos

frozen fruitThis is what goes into the frozen smoothie packs. I switch up the fruit a lot (I like blueberries too), but I always try to have at least three. Adding frozen bananas to a smoothie gives it a nice ice cream-like texture. If youve never used a frozen banana in your smoothie, then you havent lived. Okay, maybe thats a bit extreme, but youve got to try it.

divide fruitDivide the fruit between 8 freezer bags. One of my bananas turned out to be completely rotten inside so I could only make six this time around. I always tend to over estimate how much fruit is needed per smoothie and then I cant fit it all in the blender. So, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of each of the frozen fruits per bag. Then just pop them in the freezer until youre ready to make a smoothie. Theyll stay good in the freezer for a couple of months. The bananas will slowly turn brown, but theyre still good eats for a while.

make smoothieWhen youre ready to make a smoothie, just put the frozen fruit in a blender with some liquid (and whatever else you want) and youre ready to blend. I add spinach for the nutrients, not the flavor… you cant taste it with all of the fruit. It blends easier if the spinach is at the bottom.

vanilla silkDont get me wrong, I LOVE milk… but in my smoothies I like light vanilla soy milk. It just has more creaminess than milk and the vanilla goes great with the fruit. In the old days, before Silk was everywhere, I used milk and added vanilla extract. So, thats an option too.

flax and cinnamonI like to add some flax for fiber and omega-3s, and cinnamon just because I like it 🙂 If Im craving something sweet, Ill add a tablespoon of honey or so, but usually the fruit and silk are sweet enough for me.

blendBlend that sucker up till its nice and smooth! Sometimes I have to add a touch of water or more silk just to get it going. Thats what will happen if you have too much frozen fruit in your pack. Itll be waaaaaay too thick to blend properly.

blended smoothieOh yums. Its good. And good for you. And spinach? What spinach?

I loved the suggestion to put avocados in smoothies (thanks, Brent!) and I cant wait to experiment with that. So, for all of you smoothie lovers out there…

What is your favorite smoothie combo?

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