Blending up a smoothie really can be as quick as swiping its container from the freezer—and we partnered with Kashi to show you how easy it is.
All too often, there’s a logistical breakdown somewhere between the desire to have a smoothie and the actual consumption of it.
Because even if you have the ingredients you need, you’ll have to gather them from all corners of the kitchen—dragging the juice from the recesses of your refrigerator, the frozen fruit out from behind the meatless balls (you are freezing meatless balls, right?), and the nut butters, sweeteners, and other ooh-ahh add-ins that make your smoothies special from the pantry. That’s all after you get down the blender. (You may even need to use a stepstool.)
It’s a lot of moving and shaking for the morning—and a lot of spoons and surfaces to wash and wipe down. As much as a morning smoothie may appeal to you, the work it takes to get there may not. But if you treat smoothies like you treat meal planning, you can have all of your ingredients ready and roaring to be blended from one central location: your freezer.
Here's the gist: Whenever you have a block of free time, gather all of your standby smoothie ingredients, do the necessary prep work, and divide them into reusable freezer-safe containers or plastic bags. When you’re ready to blend, pour the contents of the bag into the machine, add the liquid base, along with any ingredients that didn’t make it into the freezer (Picked some market greens during the week? Add that now!), and blend.
You can make each prepared smoothie the same, or you can use the containers as a jumping-off point and customize as the spirit moves you.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).Order now