I have never been a huge smoothie fan. I’m not the biggest fan of fruit and I don’t love drinking food. But I’ve been enjoying this chocolate cherry smoothie almost every afternoon, so I think I’m a convert. It’s filling and feels indulgent, without being overly sweet. And there’s spinach, so that qualifies it as a super food, right?
With less than five weeks to go until my due date, I’ve been trying new ways to get quick meals and snacks together for both my toddler and myself. Smoothies definitely qualify as easy. And to make it even easier, I’ve started assembling freezer packs as part of my weekend food prep. It takes just a few minutes to throw five smoothies worth of ingredients together, and it means I am dirtying measure cups and spoons only once!
When we’re ready for a smoothie – usually for my daughter’s breakfast or for our afternoon snack – I just grab a pack out of the freezer and add it to my Vitamix. I find it works better to not freeze the liquids with the fruit, veggies, and powders, so I add them to the blender ‘real time’. To create the packs, place all ingredients below except for the coconut milk and water in sandwich size ziplock bags. I prefer to use already frozen bananas that I break in half, but you can use fresh as well. Store the bags in the freezer once you use them to reuse the next week! Or, do you have a better solution for storing? I would LOVE to know! Share in the comments, please.
I buy our fruit for smoothies at Costco as it’s the best deal on organic options. Our location has a two pound bag of cherries for under $10 and bananas are cheaper than Trader Joe’s. Plus I get them delivered by Instacart without a Costco membership, so it’s affordable and ridiculously convenient.
This smoothie makes one larger serving for an adult or two small servings for an adult and toddler snack. I like to serve in a mason jar with a wide straw, and for extra fun I sometimes add a few dairy-free chocolate chips to the top. Because occasionally I’m a fun mom.
My daughter currently isn’t eating any berries as we’re awaiting allergy testing results, but I bet you could swap the cherries for raspberries or strawberries and it would be just as delicious. I enjoy the cherries though as they add a bit of tartness to the sweetness of the banana, coconut milk, and cocoa.
What is your favorite smoothie combo? We’re new to the smoothie world and I’d love to hear your ideas!