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Back on Track: Prep-Ahead Green Smoothies

prep ahead green smoothie

After Thanksgiving, I decided it was time to get back on track with my diet and healthy habits. Lately I have been treating myself to some small indulgences: coffee, chocolate, less water (not an indulgence per se, but a habit nonetheless), and too much dairy. While running, my diet became a bit of eat-what-you-want just to maintain calories and enough food. Then the holidays hit and I found myself snacking more and more and eating all the pie in the house. And while these items were much healthier than the traditional recipes, I still knew they were not ideal.

So I decided to make a few things my priority to create healthier habits until the next holiday hits:

1) Drink more water: Instead of a second cup of coffee, reach for a glass of water.

2) Get up and move: writing all day means I sit quite a bit. If I’m not teaching a class, I am most likely at home working on the computer. I need to get back to a running routine, yoga practice, walking the dogs, etc. to get me up and moving.

3) Eat more green vegetables: I’ll add green vegetables to my breakfast, incorporate veggies int o my lunch, and add more to my dinners. This way I know that even if I indulge, I have a well-balanced diet on most days of the week.

To help me get energized, hydrated, and have a few more veggies I am adding green smoothies to my daily routine again. In order to do this without the added stress and morning rush, I am prepping ahead of time. I used a few key ingredients that I knew would freeze well and blend easily once chopped up.

– Kale and spinach for nutrients, detox, and green goodness.

– Ginger for digestion

– Bananas and Apples to sweeten it up naturally

– Coconut water or water for hydration

prepped green smoothie

Back on Track: Prep-Ahead Green Smoothies
Author: Jessi Andricks, The House of Healthy
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Serves: 2 smoothies
Makes enough for 2 smoothies. You can make more for a week or reduce in half for one smoothie.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 green apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 inch ginger root, peeled and diced
Instructions
  1. Prep all ingredients.
  2. Add all ingredients to a freezer safe jar (enough for one or two smoothies, depending on your needs).
  3. Pop in the freezer until ready to use.
  4. In the morning, grab jar, dump into blender, add liquid (coconut water, water, or unsweetened almond milk) as needed. I also like to add a bit of lemon juice to my mix.
  5. Process until smooth and enjoy!

It’s as simple as that. Now even if I indulge a bit throughout the Holidays, I know I am have plenty of greens waiting for me whenever I need them.

Feedback time: What is your favorite simple way to get back on track between the Holidays?

Peace and Love,

Jessi

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  • houseofhealthy@yahoo.com
    December 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    PS Use a wide mouth jar (not small like the one I have in the picture) so you can “dump” everything into your blender. If you don;t have one, you can also spread your ingredients out on a cookie sheet so they don;t stick together, freeze them, and then store them in a jar.