One of my favorite ways to save time and get a healthy meal in the morning is with the Sunshine Smoothie Breakfast Hack. You can use this hack with any combination of fruit, vegetables and “milk” or just follow the recipe below for a delicious vitamin packed morning kick starter.As we come to the end of the school year it is getting harder to get the kids out of bed in time to have a good breakfast so this hack comes in handy for the mornings we are rushing out the door.
Having these little bags of pre-measured smoothie fixings prepped and ready to grab and go helps encourage you to have breakfast in the morning. They work really well for kids and teens because they can customize them to their tastes and they are portable if you have to have breakfast on the run.
Plan & Prepare Your Sunshine Smoothie
I will often pick a day on the weekend to prep the weeks meals. The smoothies take about half an hour to peel and chop your fruit then assemble the rest of the ingredients into the baggies, label and freeze. Tip: Label your baggies before you fill them and include any instructions like how much milk to add and if you need to thaw and what speed to blend at.
Each serving makes about 12 oz. of tropical goodness.Feel free to experiment with adding extras like protein powder or probiotics to increase the nutritional value of your smoothie. I like to use an organic ginger/honey syrup that I get locally at a farmers market in place of the honey and fresh ginger but either combo works wonderfully.
- 1 2L carton Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
- 2 cups grated carrot (about 3 large carrots)
- 2 cups sliced oranges (about 3-4 oranges, peels removed)
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks
- 3 medium bananas peeled
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 inch piece of fresh ginger or 1/4 cup ginger syrup
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 8 sandwich size ziploc bags
- Assemble your ingredients.
- Peel carrots and grate them on a box grater or food processor, set aside in a bowl.
- Peel oranges. I like using a sharp knife, carefully slice off the top and bottom of the orange.Using even downward strokes, slice the skin away from the fruit. Remove any remaining white pith. Next slice into circles and then into half or quarters.Place in a bowl and set aside.
- Peel Bananas and cut into 1/2 inch rounds, set aside in a bowl
- Fill each baggie with 1/4 cup each of mango, orange, carrot and banana.
- Next put a 1/2 tablespoon of honey and ground flax seeds into the baggie.
- For the ginger , peel and cut into 8 equal size pieces and put one into each baggie or if using ginger syrup you can omit the honey and fresh ginger by using a 1/2 tablespoon of the ginger syrup.
- Squeeze the air out of the baggies and seal, place in the freezer, flat for serving day.
- On serving day you can slightly thaw the baggie or place it frozen right into your blender, add 1 cup of almond milk/ coconut milk or cows milk and blend until smooth and frothy.
- Label your baggies before you fill them and include any instructions like how much milk to add and if you need to thaw and what speed to blend at.