Thursday, April 24, 2014

Peach Cobbler Smoothie

Putting together baggies of fruit and storing in the freezer can cut your time when preparing smoothies. And by using frozen fruit, your smoothie will be nice and thick without watering it down with ice. Recently I found a deal at Kroger where you buy 5 items and save $5.  Frozen fruit was included.  I was so excited to stock up on a variety of choices.  By dividing the fruit up into individual bags, I can quickly pull a bag and throw it in the blender with liquid and other add-ins for a quick breakfast, lunch, or snack.

When prepping my smoothies, I like to use Portion Bags from Walmart.  These baggies hold 1 cup of fruit.  I like how they are vertical and I can stand them up in the freezer.  These bags are not freezer bags so if you are concerned about freezer burn, you could place several of the same variety in a gallon-sized freezer bag.  I have not had any problems, and since I enjoy a smoothy daily, I anticipate going through them pretty quickly.

Here, I have bags of frozen peaches, tropical fruit, mango, and bananas.  For the bananas, be sure your bananas are ripe.  Freezing will stop the ripening process.  I also already had a few bags of spinach already frozen.  For spinach, be sure to wash and dry well and bag up to 2 cups per baggie.

While you could put the add-ins with the fruit before you freeze, I choose to bag the fruit by itself.  This way I can vary the type of smoothie I make based on my whim for the day.  My favorite add-ins include Flax Seed, Protein Powder, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal.

When making your smoothie you will add one cup of liquid to your frozen fruit. You can choose between juices, water, yogurt, milk, etc. My favorite liquid to use is Almond Milk.

This recipe has to be one of my all-time favorite to throw together before heading out the door in the morning.

Peach Cobbler Smoothie

1c. frozen peaches
1 packet Maple and Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
2 scoops protein powder
1c. Almond Milk

Measure Almond Milk into the blender and add oatmeal. Pulse for a couple seconds.  Let this mixture sit for 4-5 minutes to soften the oatmeal.  Add protein powder and peaches and pulse on high until well blended.

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