I’ve seen several companies selling ready made smoothie packs that you just throw in the blender and add a liquid. The idea is great, but the price tag, not so much. I thought it would be more economical to make my own smoothie packs, plus I can make them Whole30 compliant if I want.
I decided to start with a flavor duo that I love: chocolate with mint. This was definitely an easy choice since it’s my favorite ice cream flavor and I don’t eat much ice cream. This smoothie is definitely the healthy version of that. This recipe makes 8 smoothie freezer packs.
First, I added 1 cup of unsweetened original almond milk (you can use vanilla, but I had original on hand) to the blender.
Next I added 2 tsp peppermint extract to the almond milk.
After adding the peppermint, I added 3 chlorella tablets and blended until they were completely mixed in. This took a few minutes.
After the almond milk, peppermint extract, and chlorella tablets were blended, I poured the mix into an ice cube tray. This was just enough to fill the whole tray. Stick them in the freezer until completely frozen.
After I put the tray in the freezer, I started getting my freezer bags ready for the other ingredients. In each bag:
1/2 c bananas
1/2 c greens, roughly chopped (I used Organic Girl Supergreens)
2 TBSP cacao nibs (I used Navitas)
I stuck these in the freezer until frozen.
Once everything was frozen, I added 2 peppermint cubes to each bag.
To make the smoothie:
I added 1 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk. This particular brand has “natural flavor”, so if you want an even cleaner smoothie, I recommend Nut Pods chocolate flavored creamer mixed with unsweetened original almond milk. I’m going to do that for my June Whole30.
I added the freezer bag contents to the almond milk. Adding the cacao nibs after the blender is running will blend them better instead of them sinking to the bottom.
I added 2 scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides for added protein. This is completely optional, but this keeps me fuller longer.
This list is what I bought from Whole Foods Market. I do not make any commission on any sales through these links. I’m not associated with Amazon in any way.
Of course, different grocery stores vary with prices. However, just for perspective, Smoothie Box smoothies are $6 with collagen and $5 without collagen. Daily Harvest smoothies vary depending on how many smoothies you buy at a time, but do not cost lower than $7 per smoothie.
Give this a try and tell me what you think!