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Monday, May 20, 2013

A Quicker Breakfast Smoothie

I can always tell when the seasons change by noting our typical breakfast.

Fall and winter? We're eating oatmeal, Malt-o-Meal and breakfast sandwiches.

Spring and summer? It's all about cereal, toast and smoothies.

I like to take advantage of the fruit growing season by stocking up on fresh fruit while it's cheap and freezing it for later use. What I hadn't considered doing was premixing smoothie ingredients into separate freezer packs to speed up the morning breakfast preparation.

That's why we have Pinterest, right?

After a recent shopping trip, I dutifully filled freezer bags with a mixture of fruit, using combinations that I already knew we liked. Each bag also included a 1/2 banana to increase the smoothie's texture when blended.

Then on breakfast morning, I pulled the bags out of the freezer before going for a run. This gave them the opportunity to thaw slightly, making blending a bit easier.

From there, it's a simple matter of selecting a juice or milk (or non-milk) base, perhaps some fresh yogurt and other add-ins (this photo shows some of the crazy things we add):

Blend, blend, blend, then pour and serve.


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