Mornings are fast around here. As luck would have it all three of my kids start school at a different time, which may SEEM great but I promise it’s not.
I’m watching the clock, throwing breakfast out to nourish the people, and reminding the boys 10 times to find their water bottles for 2 hours straight.
I’m a systems gal. When things get crazy around here, I start making systems to combat the crazy. So when the morning madness started getting this mama flustered, I started brainstorming easy breakfast options.
Our quick and delicious granola is always on hand. My boys can pour themselves a bowl and feed themselves. Glory.
Our other go- to breakfast choice is green smoothies. I started making our green smoothies in pre-made baggies and throwing them in the freezer. They are perfect for busy mornings.
Take one bag from the freezer and add it to your blender with almond milk or water. Whatever you prefer.
Of course, our freezer packs are made from ingredients from Aldi. If you are not an Aldi shopper, you can pick up similar items at your favorite grocery store.
You can throw together these freezer packs in 5 minutes. That's my kind of freezer cooking!
Want to see how it's done?
GATHER UP YOUR GREEN SMOOTHIE SUPPLIES
Quart size freezer bags
Spinach. I used organic. Aldi also carries non-organic spinach in a bag.
Frozen fruit: We like strawberries, peaches, mixed fruit, and blueberries. They do have some organic frozen fruit. Check your freezer section for availability.
Tip: In the special purchase freezer section, Aldi will sometimes have frozen mango and pineapple. They don't offer this all year long so I always take a look at the special freezer section when I shop.
MAKE YOUR GREEN SMOOTHIE BAGS
Put the spinach in first. One cup for each bag will do. Sometimes I don't even measure it, I just put one handful of spinach in each bag. I fill all the bags with spinach first. I line them up like an assembly line. One box of organic spinach makes 6 smoothie bags.
Note: Each bag makes ONE serving. If serving kids, you could get 2( maybe even 3) smoothies out of 1 bag.
Next, throw in your fruit!
Try to aim for 1 cup of fruit total per bag. Below, I listed our favorite smoothie blends using Aldi frozen fruit.
1/2 CUP FROZEN BLUEBERRIES
1/2 CUP FROZEN STRAWBERRIES
ALL IN SMOOTHIE
1 CUP MIXED FRUIT
1/2 CUP FROZEN PEACHES
1/2 CUP FROZEN STRAWBERRIES
The mixed fruit is a great option for smoothies. Aldi doesn't carry pineapple and mango in separate frozen bags all year long. The mixed fruit has strawberries, pineapple, mango, and peaches. It makes a delicious smoothie. This is my daughter's favorite kind!
WHAT ABOUT BANANAS?
I love adding bananas into my green smoothies. Some people don't like the extra sweetness a banana adds. I find it's a personal preference. I add a half of banana per serving.
Personally, I don't put frozen bananas in my green smoothie packs. I use a regular blender to make my smoothies and I find that my smoothie packs won't blend when all the ingredients are frozen. A fresh banana, 1 cup of liquid and one smoothie packs blends perfectly in my blender.
If you use a Vitamix to blend your smoothies, you probably won't have this problem!
If you choose to freeze bananas, don't freeze them whole. Slice them into 1-inch rounds and flash freeze for about 15 or 20 minutes, until hard. Then place your frozen banana rounds in a freezer bag.
DON'T FORGET YOUR ADD-INS!
Aldi has a growing line of healthy add-ins you can add to your smoothies for extra protein and nutrients. Adding plant-based proteins to your smoothies is an excellent way to nourish your body!
I find most of these ingredients near the trail mix and nuts in my local Aldi. Your Aldi might be organized differently. Ask around to find where your local Aldi carries these add-ins.
Chia seeds are tiny but pack a big punch of healthy protein and fat. Sprinkle chia seeds on top of your smoothie or blend them in with your ingredients.
2 Tablespoons = 3 grams protein
Aldi also carries flaxseed. We like to add this to our oatmeal and yogurt for an extra protein boost!
2 Tablespoons = 4 grams of protein
Aldi now carries protein powder in vanilla and chocolate. You could also add peanut butter or almond butter to your smoothies if you want.
Grab your supplies the next time you are at Aldi and a box of quart size freezer bags. In five minutes, you can have delicious green smoothies ready for your family!
We recommend you try to eat these within 12 to 14 days. I wouldn't let them sit in your freezer much longer.
Do you make smoothies from Aldi ingredients? We'd love to know you favorite combinations and recipes!