As winter is saying farewell and those warmer temperatures are moving in, I start to think about refreshing snacks for the kids and I.
My 4.5 year old has a quiet time in the afternoon and my two year old takes a nap, but as soon as they wake they are anxious 1. to have a snack and 2. to head outside.
In our haste to squeeze some time in to be outside before I have to start prepping dinner, our afternoon snack leaves something to be desired.
I was talking with my neighbor/friend (so lucky to have neighbors that are close friends) about how smoothies would be great to have but I wasn’t sure if they would last.
I had already headed to Costco to stock up on all the smoothie ingredients I needed so I only needed to do a little research.
I used this post, after looking at several, to give it a whirl. This seemed the easiest and most straight forward, because after all that is what I am after!
Here is the recipe I used:
1 Cup of Spinach
2 Cups of Fruit
2 Cups of liquid- I like to use coconut water but almond milk will work as well. If you want to use a juice I would only use part of the measurement and the rest water to cut down on the sugar.
(don’t be discouraged if you have to play around with this some to get the right consistency)
1 Tablespoon of Hemp
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seed
(I haven’t tried yet, but I am going to add dates and see how they do freezing and defrosting)
I purchased the mason jars that show you where to fill it when you are going to be freezing them. Just make sure you do not fill it any higher then the suggested markings and then you should be good to go.
I put the smoothies in the fridge in the morning ( 1 for my husband to take to work, 1 for me and 1 for the kids to split for our afternoon snack). I set my husband’s on the counter when I get up and it takes about an hour to defrost. It is ready for him to grab on his way out the door.
Let me know if you have any favorite smoothie recipes or if you decide to try these make ahead smoothies. Enjoy!