3 Time-Saving, Pre-Packed Smoothie Recipes

You know the drill. 7am: Wake up the kiddos and get them showered, fed, dressed in something at least semi-suitable for public, pack the lunches, and rush out the door without a second to spare. Then it’s everyone in the car and off you go, only to realize you’ve done nothing to prep your #1 for the day. I’m talking about you! Before you know it, that stomach will be singin’ louder than the radio if you don’t fill it!

Mornings can be tough. K, #momlife or #worklife or just #life can be tough. We’re all busy, and we are all trying to find ways to make our hectic lives just a bit easier. During my never-ending search to cut down on time-consuming tasks and increase my supply of quick meal recipes, I’ve found the best little hack: pre-packed smoothies! You guys, you?ve heard me say this before: If you fail to prepare, you better prepare to fail! Meal prep will either make or break your transformation, and while it can seem like a pain in the butt to set aside time on the regular for this, it’s true that this little bit of time will equate to a LOT of reward! And the beauty of this is that just a “little bit” of time for prep will really make all?the difference in a healthy morning routine.

SUCCESS BEGINS WITH CHOOSING THE RIGHT MEAL PREP TOOLS.

Of all the meal prep tools I swear by, my Vitamix just might be one my favorites. You all know I?m all about a great protein smoothie, and how I survived smoothie making pre-Vitamix is beyond me! I recently found and use the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series because it?s an absolute powerhouse! It has five different program settings that allow me to whip up smoothies, hot soups, dips, spreads, and frozen desserts, and it saves me a TON of cooking and prep time without compromising my healthy meal requirements. As a busy mama, TIME IS RARE AND INCREDIBLY VALUABLE, so this Vitamix is my newest lifesaver!

You should know me by now, and when I LOVE something, I want YOU to have and love it too! Well, my friends, I’m excited to share with you that I’ve partnered up with Vitamix on this post, and they are so generously giving away a Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series to one?lucky reader!?Yes, that’s right…a $649.99 value is?being given away in the post below.?Scroll to the bottom for the details, but first, you’ll wanna’ nab all three of these amazing time-saving, pre-packed smoothie recipes!

But before we give away the farm (I mean, “the Vitamix” ;)), there are a few other tips + really cool features I’m kind of obsessed with that you should know about. First, this machine instinctively knows which Vitamix blender bowl I?m using. FOR REAL. So when I switch out the larger 64-ounce container for an 8-ounce bowl, it automatically adjusts its blend settings for the smaller size. Mind. Blown. The smaller Vitamix bowls (like the ones in this starter kit) allow you to blend and immediately store or transport. And new moms, this is an awesome feature for making your own baby food! I’m wishing I had this bad boy when my babes were actually babes.

I know, I know…calm down, Heidi! But my heart gets VERY HAPPY about meal prep tools that are GENIUS!

My other favorite feature is the countdown timer. I don’t know about you, but I’m always going in 20 directions at once?if not physically, then at least mentally. The simple fact that it times my blend to the second helps remove one more thing I have to think and worry about. I hit blend, and BAM. I can walk away, knowing that the Vitamix will automatically shut off after the proper blend time. I’ve made about 100 smoothies since getting our Vitamix, and it has yet to give me anything but the perfect blend.

PRE-CUT AND PRE-PACK. THEN GRAB, BLEND, AND GO!

So how do I avoid forgetting about Mom on busy mornings? I’ve learned the magic of pre-prepping and freezing my smoothie ingredients for the week on my regularly scheduled meal prep days (Wednesday and Sunday), so all I have to do come morning time is toss everything (minus the jar) in the Vitamix, add liquid (and sometimes a few other non-freezable ingredients), and blend. Then with the A3500, I set the handy dandy timer and turn my attention back to the kids while it does the rest of the job for me. If that sounds amazing, you?re right. It is!

Once all my ingredients are cut, I like to pack my pre-prepped recipes in mason jars before freezing. While ziplock baggies will do the trick too, there?s something oddly satisfying to this OCD mama about opening the freezer and seeing these perfectly packed and adorable little jars of goodness just waiting to be whipped up. Bonus: Mason jars are also an environmentally-friendly storage solution (as opposed to the trusty plastic zip bag). But hey, we live in the real world…If the zip bag is your go-to, that works just as well!

SO LET’S GET THAT VITAMIX BLITZING!

Next up, three of my favorite smoothie recipes to pre-prep: Green Goddess, Jamaican Me Crazy, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. Not only are they delicious enough to be a stand-alone treat, but they also fit my macro and calorie budget and are perfect on nearly any plan! I add our Chris + Heidi Low Carb Meal Replacement Shake Powder to these (and not just because my name’s on the package ?). I prefer this supplement because we painstakingly created it to keep your body nourished, feeling fuller, and more satisfied for a longer amount of time. You can definitely add any protein powder you prefer, but please, PLEASE make sure that it’s one that’s performing well for you.

TIME SAVING PRE-PACKED SMOOTHIE RECIPES:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cut pineapple, mango, banana, and avocado.
  2. Layer ingredients in mason jars, excluding water, spinach and protein powder. Seal, then freeze.
  3. To use: Empty ingredients from frozen mason jar into Vitamix, adding fresh water, spinach, and protein powder. Blend, and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.

Fun Fact: Avocados give this shake a punch of healthy fat and creaminess!

Nutrition Information: 311 calories, 10g fat, 35g carbs, 23g protein.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cut pineapple and banana.
  2. Layer with other ingredients in mason jars, excluding water, ice, and protein powder. Seal, then freeze.
  3. To use: Empty ingredients from frozen mason jar into Vitamix, adding fresh water, ice, and protein powder. Blend, and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.

Tip: You will need to thaw the jars or plastic bags just a tad before adding to Vitamix. If you don’t have time to thaw, simply pre-pack with ONLY solid ingredients, leaving all wet ingredients to be added fresh…cutting down on total prep thaw time.
Fun Fact: Coconut contains lauric acid, which researchers believe support the immune system. Lauric acid has been shown to help inhibit growth of staph and strep infections!

Nutrition information: 299 calories, 8g fat, 24g carbs, 21g protein

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Layer protein powder, powdered peanut butter, and cacao nibs in mason jars. Seal, then freeze.
  2. To use: Empty ingredients from frozen mason jar into Vitamix, adding fresh almond milk and ice. Blend, and enjoy! Makes 1 serving.

Tip: For a prettier shake (because who doesn’t love pretty??), exclude the cacao nibs from the Vitamix, then top finished and blended shake with nibs for garnish!
Fun Fact: Cacao nibs are not only full of chocolatey deliciousness, but they are also high in iron, antioxidants, and magnesium.

Nutrition Information: 313 calories, 15g fat, 20g carbs, 28g protein

{Giveaway is Closed} VITAMIX GIVEAWAY: HOW TO GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS TIME-SAVING (AKA LIFE-SAVING) MEAL PREP TOOL.

Ahhh…the time has finally come. You’ve made it though all my tips and tricks (hopefully they helped), and you’ve gotten three of my favorite pre-packed smoothie recipes that can and should be prepped in BULK in advance for convenience! And now….YOU CAN WIN the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series here along with my favorite Blending Bowl Starter Kit!!! Yes, this is BIG NEWS, my friends. And here’s some more great news! Vitamix is having a huge sale now through May 19th, and you can get $50-$100 off all new models! I am so honored and grateful Vitamix has offered to partner with me on my quest to make convenient eating (or “breakfasting”) a part of YOUR life too!!

To Enter To Win: {Giveaway is closed}

1. Comment below sharing YOUR favorite time-saving tips OR the recipe you’re looking forward to trying the most!
2. Go find my last post on either Instagram or Facebook and tag a friend that could use a Vitamix too! The more friends tagged + comments made here, the more entries! **This giveaway is open to US residents only.**

That’s it! For extra credit, you can share your favorite smoothie?recipe with me below!?You have until midnight Saturday, May 18, to enter. Winner will be chosen and announced Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Good luck and happy pre-packing!!

xo,

Heidi

**Thank you, Vitamix, for sponsoring this post! The opinions shared and?discussed in this post are my own.**

Here are some other delicious and super fast recipes you and your Vitamix will love!

Avocado Dreaming with this Breakfast Fruit Smoothie Recipe
Hulk Shake!
Pumpkin Spice Latte Protein Shake
Eggnog Protein Shake Recipe

799 Responses

  1. These all sound fabulous. I just lost 90 pounds and I am looking into this program (if I can figure out how to do the macros) and to use these protein shakes for meal replacements as I transition into maintenance. This blender would be very helpful. Thank you Heidi for all your tips.

    1. oops.. Also meant to say, I just purchase the Vanilla and the Chocolate protein powder and they are sooo good. I can’t wait to try the chocolate peanut butter and I love eggnog so that is on my list as well. I also use the Strawberry Lemonade and Fruit Punch drinks right after my workouts.. also a favorite.

  2. I cook several pounds of chicken breast with just salt, pepper and a little chicken stock. Then low cook
    For 8 hours and shred. I place 1 lb in freezer bag and freeze: grab as needed. I do the same with hamburger (10 pound tubes).

  3. I can make a smoothie out of anything. My favorite is plain yogurt, frozen banana, pineapple and a handful of greens. I’ll add either water or almond milk to smooth it out. YUM.

    1. This would be so great!
      I have one that they kids really enjoy and I bet it would be even better in the Vitamix.
      1/2 c mango fresh or frozen
      1/2 banana
      1/2 small green apple
      1 c spinach
      1/2 celery
      1/2 cucumber

      It is so delicious and the kids don’t even taste the veggies.
      Enjoy!!!

  4. The Jamaican Me Crazy Shake looks so delicious! I love pineapple, and I have honestly never thought to include it in a smoothie. Would love to win this!!

  5. My time-saving tips is to pre-portion out my protein powder and other dry mix-ins (pb2, matcha, cocoa, etc.) into little Tupperware containers so that all I have to do is dump it in with the frozen fruit, ice, and liquid before I blend.

    1. I love chocolate so the chocolate peanut butter shake sounds delicious!

  6. To sneak in some extra veggies I like to make the below:

    1 scoop Chris + Heidi Chocolate Low Carb Meal Replacement Shake Powder
    1 cup unsweetened almond milk
    2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
    1 Banana
    2 Cups Spinach
    Ice as desired

    Sometimes I add a tad bit of water if its too thick too. <3 its delicous and while its green you cannot taste the spinach and my kiddo likes it!

    1. My favorite shake recipe

      Chocolate Covered Cherry:
      * 8 oz milk (I used almond-coconut)
      * 70g (about 1/2 cup) frozen dark sweet cherries
      * handful of spinach
      *1 serving metabolic effect craving cocoa (can omit if you don?t have it; helps thicken and flavor it)
      * 1/2-1 scoop chocolate protein powder
      * 1 scoop coco cardio (can omit if you don?t have it, or sub with cocoa powder if desired)
      * 1/2 tsp matcha(can also omit if you don?t have it, but it adds an excellent clean energy boost)
      * about 4 oz ice

  7. The Jamaican Me Crazy Shake looks soooo good and I cannot wait to give it a try! <3 I also am always for Chocolate PB anything! haha

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