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I’ve been making my husband and myself a smoothie for 6-7 mornings a week for a little over a year and I can tell you that it has done quite a few things for us. Morning smoothies aren’t a new concept but I’m guessing that how I organize this little habit might help some of you get organized if you’re into morning smoothies. (I’ve linked up all my favorites at the end of the post if you’re interested!)
Here’s why I love smoothies for breakfast:
- It’s a great way to get extra fruit, veggies, fiber in our diets.
- It’s helped us both reach health goals.
- We stay full until lunch – yay!
- It’s simple and easy. Of course grabbing a muffin or a yogurt is easier but this works for us.
The hardest part was figuring out how and where to store smoothie ingredients to keep everything at the ready and easy to access in our rushed mornings. I usually workout before breakfast and come home, get the kids up and going, and make smoothies. I drink one while I’m helping the kids with lunches and getting ready for school and fill up a Yeti for my husband to take out the door. If I work out after the kids go to school I fill up a Yeti and put it in the refrigerator for when I get home.
Here’s the formula I use for making smoothies:
This is 1 serving – I usually double this for my husband and myself. If you’re looking for great smoothie recipes, get the book, Body Love – it’s life-changing – I also linked it up below.
- 8 oz almond milk (I buy the unsweetened boxes of vanilla almond milk at Costco) – you can use any kind of milk for this or water
- 1 tablespoon nut butter (cashew is my favorite, but you can use almond, peanut butter, sunbutter, etc.)
- 2 scoops protein powder (or whatever a serving is for your powder)
- 1/4-1/2 cup fruit/veggies – I use frozen fruit – if you don’t, you’ll probably want to toss in some ice
- fiber – I’ll add flax seed, oatmeal, hemp seeds, etc.
- sometimes I’ll add a tablespoon or so of unsweetened coconut flakes, cacao powder, collagen powder, MCT oil (coconut oil)
The Key to Keeping Smoothie Ingredients Organized?
Contain items together and group like items together. I keep nut butters on the door – you could easily put them in a bin or basket too and then I keep the packets in a narrow bin and the protein powders and other cylindrical containers in a wider bin. I can easily grab the whole bin or simply pull it out and grab the components individually. Don’t worry, the specific nut butters and flax seeds need no refrigeration – that’s part of the reason I use them. Want to see the full pantry? Head to this post.
I have these two spots in our pantry carved out for the smoothie supplies. I store extra ingredients below them. I like to purchase a couple protein powders at a time so I have a few on hand so we don’t run out – this works well because most of the ingredients are non-perishable.
How about you? Are you a smoothie fan? Would adding a little organization to your smoothie routine help you out in the morning? Any tips or favorite recipes? Share in the comments!
Check out my favorites below – these are affiliate links!