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If you ask me the hardest part of sticking to that healthy lifestyle you made as your new year resolution? It's snacking. I can make healthy dinners (even if I'd much rather be devouring cupcakes), I can get in the routine of going to the gym. But snacks get me every time. And if you don't know I'm a huge snacker -- where I eat smaller meals and snack in between.
So this year I'm determined to be prepared for those hunger cravings strike. My trick? Smoothies. I am such a huge smoothie lover, but the prep work turns me off. But you know what they say failing to plan is planning to fail.
So, I've already admitted if it's going to take basically any work that smoothie isn't happening. Call me lazy but after a day of dealing with middle schoolers, doing the prep work for the smoothie just isn't happening. Quick and easy, and most likely unhealthy is what's going down.
BUT I'm seriously determined to eat healthier (1 successful week down, 40 something to go ;), so I've got two tips to share that have been working for me.
Tips for Quick, Smoothies On-the-Go:
1. Prepare the smoothie in the blender. Pour smoothie into mason jar, seal tight and store in fridge.
Smoothies are ready to go for the week. Seriously, so dang easy. The only downside is that the smoothies are really only good for about a week.
2. Measure and slice the fruit/veggies needed for the smoothie and put them in an air tight sandwich bag. Freeze. *note: do not all liquids at this point
Ready for a smoothie? Dump the sandwich bag in the blender add almond milk or your liquid of choice, and boom smoothie ready. This tip works great for smoothies that won't be used in the next week or for fruit about to go bad.
Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe:
1 cup of Frozen Blueberries
1/2 cup of Silk Almond Milk, unsweetened*
optional: add 1-2 tbsp of Silk Yogurt **
*Something to keep in mind when searching for this product at your local Walmart -- I've included a picture below, however, shortly they will be changing the packaging sometime soon (mid to late January).
** This is a sweeter smoothie. SO, I occasionally add yogurt for a thicker consistency and more tart taste.
Instructions: Blend all ingredients in a blender thoroughly. And enjoy. Or store for later in the week.
Side Note: on that healthier note, I've been adding the Silk Almond Milk into everyday use more and more. Mainly cereal or eggs, but hey it's a start. Now I'm not about go to completely dairy free, but I'm looking to substitute it when I can.
So I wanna know from you two things: one what's your favorite, go-to smoothie recipe? two how do you include dairy free option into your lifestyle?