I’ve done a lot of work engineering my morning nutrition to be easy and fast. One of my particular innovations is borrowed from the people that freeze their fresh herbs in ice or oil.
I got sick of guessing how much spinach I was putting into my smoothies (it doesn’t measure well, and I don’t want to weigh it when I’m in a hurry).
Solution? Pre-make some smoothie cubes. Pack this into your blender (I use a Blendtec TotalBlender w/ WildSide Jar–and I recommend it highly).
- 16 ounces of spinach
- 16 ounces of carrots
- 1 1/2 cups of orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups of pasteurized egg whites
- 1 cup of oatmeal (not minute oats)
Blend until very smooth (three WHOLE JUICE cycles on a Blendtec blender). You shouldn’t be able to see oats or carrots in the final product.
Pour the blended mixture into ice cube trays and freeze over night. I stack the trays with a sheet of parchment between each tray to prevent sticking.
Crack the cubes into a large, labeled zipper freezer bag. Use two-to-four smoothie cubes per smoothie. Yields ~48 smoothie cubes.
1 smoothie cube has roughly
- 1/3 ounce of spinach
- 1/3 ounce of carrots
- 1.5 teaspoons of orange juice
- 1.5 teaspoons of pasteurized egg white
- 2 teaspoons of oatmeal
Two smoothie cubes contain recommended (based on 2,000 calorie diet) Vitamin A intake for the day. Vitamin A is fat-soluble, so you should not exceed your recommended daily intake. Talk to your doctor.