Super Simple Mason-Jar Smoothies

I love a good smoothie but my mornings are busy and I need something quick which normally translates to a cliff bar or the like.  I am trying to get more greens and fruit in my diet but smoothie assembly in the morning just ain’t gonna happen with 3 small children, lunches to pack and coffee to make!  So, instead, I make them ahead and freeze them in mason jars.

So I add all the ingredients I need to my Wal-Mart pick-up order. (Side note — have you tried it yet? It’s Awesome!)

Smoothie Grocery List
fresh spinach
frozen strawberries
frozen blueberries
unsweetened vanilla almond milk  (alternate option: 1/4 cup of milk or yogurt)


Make Ahead Mason Jar Smoothies

Once I have all the necessary ingredients, I gather my mason jars like these and assemble all my smoothies for the week.  I cut the banana in half and push to the bottom (if you have overripe bananas they work great for smoothies too!).  Then just pile in about 1/2 of each frozen fruit (this week I just used strawberries so I added a little extra).  I top off with a generous handful of spinach.
If I don’t use all the spinach, I simply freeze the rest for the next week in a plastic bag with air removed.  I place all the mason jars in the freezer to be pulled out all week long (but if you don’t get to all of them they keep for a while frozen!).


I either put the mason jar in the fridge the night before if I remember to thaw a bit to help blend or I might microwave for 15 seconds.  Sometimes, I live wild and just dump it right into my Ninja smoothie cup.  I add a dash of my preferred dairy (I use almond milk) and a splash of water to help to blend.


Then blend and serve.  My Ninja nutri-cup has a  drinking lid so I don’t even have to transfer but if you don’t have one, you could pour back into your mason jar and use this lid.  I like using a straw because I have sensitive teeth :), but its your preference.


Then if I am in a hurry I can take it to go!  My kids are always wanting some too.  I often serve smoothies when we have breakfast for dinner.  If you are wanting more nutritional support, you could add in vanilla protein powder or vita-greens.
You can get really creative with your smoothie options but whatever you choose to put in it, making them ahead and storing them in mason jars is a great way to plan ahead for the week!  I try to do a smoothie a day either for breakfast or lunch or both.
Do you like smoothies?  What do you put in yours?  


Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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