Hello, this is your mind’s inner monologue speaking. Remember all of those things that you declared quietly to me over the past few months? The eating better, the travel plans, the workout routines? Well, I was reviewing your folder of “I’ll start it this Monday,” and I found one that we can actually start! Let’s talk about meal prep…
Make-ahead smoothies are an excellent way to baby step your way into meal prep. And besides being totally delicious, they are a great way to start your day with all the nutrients you need to be your best you. The words “meal prep” might give you immediate red flags, but trust us: it’s even easier than it looks, and we hope to make it look pretty easy. Start slow and easy with these six smoothie recipes for your morning commute or your weekend adventure.
So break out your blenders and a tub of Greek yogurt and let’s get to shakin’ something.
Monday Mean Green
- ½ cup orange juice
- ½ vanilla Greek yogurt
- ½ avocado, peeled
- 2 kiwis, peeled
- 1 handful of baby spinach
You know we have to start you off with all the green goods. This mean green smoothie is packed with anti-inflammatory benefits, MUFA’s and over 20 nutrients. And it’s super easy to make.
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup Milk
- ¾ cup Frozen blueberries
- 1 Banana
- ⅓ cup Oatmeal
This one is so easy, and the ingredients more than allow you to repeat this recipe multiple times curing the week if it becomes one of your faves. The Tuesday blue is a wholesome solution if you are counting your calories (or saving them for beer). Swapping out an oatmeal smoothie for a sugary bowl of the regular stuff can also help increase your protein intake without the extra calories.
Wednesday Strawberry Banana (with a kick!)
- 1 small ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
Bringing you some mid-week spice all the way from your kitchen. This twist on the traditional strawberry banana is a Wednesday wake-up that we could all use. All with the added bonus of two servings of fruit! If you’re worried about getting a little trigger happy with the cinnamon- we suggest adding just a pinch at time. We promise you a quick an easy solution to breakfast, and we would hate to go back on that due to a bad batch!
Thursday Mango Tango
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 cup mango
- 1/2 cup strawberries
Bringing a little sunshine to your Friday eve, this bright smoothie provides the pick-me-up you didn’t know that you needed. Because of all the goodness, this recipe makes a little more than the others, so bring your appetite or save it for a later day.
- 1 peach, pitted
- 2 cups spinach (or other leafy green – romaine works well too)
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½ frozen banana,
- ½ orange
- ¼ cup plain grass-fed yogurt or nut milk of choice
- (Optional: 1 date for an extra hint of sweetness)
This recipe from the food babe sounds like it tastes just like Friday feels. As Peach season is ramping up, we are ready to throw those things it wherever we can. Her extra hit of sweetness makes us want to raise our Friday flag just a little higher.
Saturday Protein Apple Cinnamon
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped apple
Saturday’s smoothie comes with a little extra protein for your weekend adventures. As for the apple cinnamon, well, that’s just our gift to you. If you want to toss in a few Apple Jacks for a blast from the past, that can be our secret.
What about Sunday you ask? Sunday’s are for brunch, and that’s a power that we don’t feel like messing with. Besides, missing your smoothies for a day is a little extra motivation to start making them for the week.
*For all of our smoothie recipes you can store the ingredients together in a jar or bag of your choice in the fridge overnight, and just add your yogurt, milk or juice in the morning before blending!
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to customize your smoothie to your particular needs with all the extras. The right protein powder could go in any of these mixtures, just like a good flaxseed, chia seed or even oats for a more wholesome breakfast.
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?