Is lack of time really the reason you can’t turn new, healthy eating habits into permanent ones?
I call bull$#!%.
Making a smoothie is one of the fastest and easiest ways to fuel your body with nutrient-rich foods.
You literally throw all your ingredients in a blender, pour into a cup and voila!
There’s no cooking involved and you can even dodge the washing and chopping if you choose. Cleanup couldn’t be more easy with only a blender and cup to wash.
OK – I get it! As easy as making a smoothie might be, maybe your life and daily schedule are just jam-packed with things like family responsibilities, work, extra-curricular activities, social events, you time, etc.
My goal with this article is to help you simplify smoothie making even more.
I don’t want time to ever be a barrier for you when it comes to making healthy food choices, so check out my tips below.
5 ways to simplify smoothie making
1. CREATE A SMOOTHIE STATION
It can be a hassle to constantly reach under your kitchen cabinet to pull out and set up the blender. I suggest creating a smoothie station.
Keep your blender, smoothie tools and dry ingredients in a corner on the kitchen counter, so everything is ready to go when it’s smoothie making time.
2. PREP FRESH PRODUCE AHEAD OF TIME
On the weekend, decide what fruits and greens you plan to use in your smoothie for the upcoming week. Wash, chop, and separate equal portions into bags, containers or glass jars and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
This makes the ‘grab and throw’ method come to life. Just grab your portion and throw it in the blender along with your dry ingredients.
3. GO FROZEN
Using frozen fruits and greens is probably the BEST way to save you time. Taking trips to the grocery store every few days to get fresh produce can be time-consuming. Then, you still need to wash and chop your produce before it’s ready for blending.
I recommend buying frozen fruits and greens in bulk and stocking up your freezer with them. It’s a great way to ensure you always have ingredients on hand.
Also, you don’t have to worry about wasting money on produce that ends up going bad. I personally create all my smoothies using frozen produce and wouldn’t do it any other way.
4. MAKE YOUR SMOOTHIE HOURS BEFORE DRINKING IT
What if you could make your smoothie hours before consuming it? Might this make smoothies more suitable to your daily schedule?
The trick here is to make your smoothie the extra thick way–using avocado and only 1/2-3/4 cup water. This will help hold your smoothie together without it separating. Store in a mason jar or cup with lid and keep cold until you consume it. If refrigeration isn’t an option, use a small cooler bag with an ice pack.
If I have a busy day ahead and know there’s going to be no time for lunch or dinner prep, I double my morning smoothie and take the extra to go. This saves me from making poor choices later in the day when there’s limited time, healthy food options and willpower.
5. REPLACE FRESH OR FROZEN PRODUCE WITH A GREENS POWDER
I feel for you if you’re just super strapped for time and find what should be quick and easy, not quick and easy enough. So, in my mission to help busy people feel great through simple and natural approaches, I decided to provide a modified way of preparing your smoothie that is even more time-friendly than my original smoothie formula.
Greens Powder Smoothie
Blend for 30-60 sec and enjoy!
Now how’s that for simple?! Basically, you’ll be replacing fresh or frozen produce with 1 tbsp of PaleoGreens (or other greens powder of choice) that will provide you with a combination of powerful and antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits.
I know there are many greens powders on the market, so you can learn more about why I choose to use this particular one, here.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Reach out in the comments section below if you need additional guidance or support.