The month of December brought a lot of bad eating habits that I’m trying to break my family and myself of, and it’s not just cookies (although I won’t lie, I think I ate about 2 dozen peanut butter cookies in a 1 week period). One of the most problematic practices we fell into was consuming too much pre-packaged “convenience” food.
My kids love having a smoothie for a mid-morning snack, but I started buying the pre-packaged freezer mixes last month. As far as snacks go, they’re not the worst thing, for sure, but they do have added preservatives and artificial sugar. Yuck. Since re-commiting to clean eating in January, I decided there had to be a way to make my own pre-packaged smoothies that I could whip up in under 3 minutes for a quick and more healthful snack. Turns out, it’s super-easy to do!
I started by freezing organic Stonyfield vanilla yogurt in old baby food trays (although ice cube trays would work just fine):
Then I got frozen strawberries and cut up 1 banana:
and combined them in a 4-cup Pyrex storage bowl headed for the freezer.
When you’re ready for a smoothie, just grab the bowl from the freezer, add 1 cup milk of your choice, and blend it up! This recipe makes 2 large 6 oz smoothies, so you can adjust it down (or just use less) depending on your needs.
- 4-6 cubes frozen yogurt of your choice
- 5-6 strawberries
- 1 banana, cut into pieces
- Combine all three ingredients into a freezer-safe container.
- When ready to eat, blend ingredents together with 1 cup milk.
- Makes about 2 - 6 ounce smoothies
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