Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Smoothies are one of my absolute favorite snacks or quick breakfasts! It’s so incredibly easy to incorporate lots of yummy ingredients as well as lots of nutrition into a drinkable form. The reason I don’t make smoothies more often is because they require so much chopping and so many decisions as far as what to put in the smoothie!

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

That’s why I absolutely love these smoothie packs; you can decide what to put in your smoothie ahead of time, freeze it, and then when you need some nutrition fast just pop it in the blender and boom – the perfect smoothie! The other thing I love about this is that when you use all frozen fruits and veggies in a smoothie, the smoothie has a much more creamy texture; it’s like a dessert! It’s also so convenient to be able to preserve that huge bunch of ripening bananas on the counter by freezing it!

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

I’ve created two different fruit and veggie combos to use in your smoothie packs, but feel free to make up your own! A berry and kale pack would be delicious, as would a pineapple, mango, and banana combo. You can add other fruits and veggies to the recipes below as well; spinach might be nice!

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Things you could add to your own creations when you blend the smoothie include cacao powder, vanilla extract, chia seeds, collagen peptides, or even some coconut oil for extra good fats! Have fun making your own smoothie packs; this would be a great project to do with kids!

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Make Ahead Smoothie Packs

Course: Snack
Servings: 2 -3 smoothies (per pack)
Author: Heather Resler
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Ingredients

For Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Packs:

  • 2 ripe bananas peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled and sliced

Orange Apple ginger Smoothie Packs:

  • 1 green apple peeled and sliced
  • 1 orange peeled and separated into segments
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 piece small of ginger 1/4", peeled

For serving

  • 2 cups nondairy milk of choice per smoothie pack almond, cashew, coconut
  • 2-3 tablespoons raw cacao powder for chocolate avocado smoothie only

Instructions

  1. Choose which smoothie pack you'd like to make. (You can make them both!)
  2. Place all smoothie pack ingredients in a plastic quart zipper bag and freeze.
  3. When ready to make smoothies, take one of the smoothie packs out of the freezer and dump the contents into a blender. Pour the nondairy milk over. (If making the chocolate avocado smoothie, add the cacao powder now.)
  4. Blend until very smooth.
  5. Enjoy

 

Probiotic Raspberry Pecan Refrigerator Oatmeal – Gluten Free

Probiotic raspberry pecan refrigerator oatmeal, gluten-free - A Girl Worth Saving

Now that the holidays are over and we’re all getting back into the swing of things, I’m trying to be a little more organized with my life. This means having a morning routine and a clear plan for breakfast. This probiotic raspberry pecan refrigerator oatmeal is an easy way to have a quick, yet nutritious breakfast in the morning.

If you have kids in school, have to head out the door for work in the mornings, or both, then you know how crazy breakfast time can be. Even when I stayed at home, just the thought of making breakfast was an emotional drain some days.

Yes, I usually make something like eggs and hash browns with a side of fresh fruit, but that can be time consuming. And as much as I love the nutrition from a homemade fruit and veggie smoothie, that can be pretty time consuming too. I’m getting tired of feeling behind for the day before I even get out of bed. Since we opt out of pre-packaged breakfast cereals full of sugar and wheat, that didn’t leave us a lot of quick options.

With this probiotic raspberry pecan refrigerator oatmeal though, you won’t even miss the box. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s packed with nutrition too! The chia seeds provide fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and brain boosting Omega 3 fats. The oats help fill you up and also provide fiber and various minerals. My favorite addition, though, is the probiotic boost from kefir. It’s tangy and smooth, giving this a rich taste.

If you make your own kefir or buy some plain, then you’ll want to add the full ½ cup of raspberries to yours. I was able to find a raspberry flavored kefir at my local health food store, so I opted for just the ¼ cup.

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Probiotic Raspberry Pecan Refrigerator Oatmeal

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Jamie Larrison @ A Girl Worth Saving
Perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on the go, you'll love the taste and your body will love the nutrition!
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Ingredients

  • ½ cuprolled oats certified gluten free if dealing with sensitivies
  • 2 Tbsps chia seeds
  • ¼-1/2 cup raspberries see note above
  • 1-2 Tbsps raw honey to taste
  • 3 Tbsps chopped pecans
  • cup About 1 raspberry or plain kefir

Instructions

  1. In a pint sized mason jar combine the chia, raspberries, pecans, oats and honey. Add kefir until the jar is mostly full. You’ll want to leave about 1 inch of head space.
  2. Stir well to combine. Give it a taste and add more honey if it’s too sour for you. I’ve found that homemade kefir needs more honey than storebought.
  3. Place in the fridge for several hours or overnight before enjoying chilled or at room temperature.

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Berry Gummies with Spinach

Berry Gummies with Spinach | A Girl Worth Saving

Gummies are a delicious snack or treat.  Conventional gummy snacks are made with starches, thickeners, refined sugars, and other yucky stuff, not to mention artificial colors and flavors.  It’s so easy to make your own berry gummies with real food ingredients!

These delicious berry gummies are made with grass-fed gelatin to thicken them, which is an awesome source of protein with many health benefits.  They are sweetened with unsweetened frozen fruit and pure maple syrup.  The recipe also has two cups of spinach in it which provides an amazing source of nutrients and antioxidants.  If you make sure to blend the mixture really well to get it very smooth, you won’t taste the spinach in the finished product at all!

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You could easily change this recipe up to fit your tastes and what you have in your fridge.  You could swap the spinach out for kale or spring mix, or you could use a different kind of berry.  If you want to get really adventurous you could try swapping out the berries for a different fruit altogether; like pineapple or mango.

With Halloween coming up, these gummies would make the perfect nutritious treat to hand out in place of sugary candy.

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Berry Gummies with Spinach

Course: Snack
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 69 kcal
Author: Heather Resler
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries thawed
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries thawed
  • 2 cups fresh spinach packed
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2-4 tablespoons B grade maple syrup
  • ½ cup . gelatin
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  1. In blender, combine the blueberries, strawberries, spinach, lime juice, and maple syrup.
  2. Blend until very smooth.
  3. Pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  4. While the liquid heats, dissolve the gelatin in the water.
  5. As soon as the berry and spinach mixture boils, remove it from the heat and whisk in the gelatin.
  6. Pour into molds or an 8”x8” glass baking dish and chill until set.
  7. Remove from molds or cut into squares.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Berry Gummies with Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.1g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 11.7g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 6.4g 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Apple Breakfast Cookies

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Sometimes you just don’t have time to make an omelet and sausage in the morning. Or perhaps you’ve got the afternoon cravings and nothing’s there except gluten-filled confections. Or maybe you’re just tired of eggs. Avoid these situations with this delicious recipe for Apple Breakfast Cookies! These would be awesome in the morning paired with some jerky for extra protein. No more excuses to skip breakfast!

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These cookies are so moist and full of delicious apple spice flavor. They are sweetened with just a banana, two apples, and some maple syrup. All natural sugars that contain lots of minerals to help the body cope with the carbohydrates.

I love adding collagen peptides to recipes because its a protein that we just don’t get from muscle meats and eggs. It’s super healing for the gut, hair, skin, nails and muscles. Plus it’s completely tasteless, so you can’t tell there’s collagen in your breakfast cookies at all!

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I think the addition of pecans to this recipe is simply amazing, but if you’re allergic to nuts you don’t have to put them on. If you’re not allergic to nuts, feel free to play around and try almonds, hazelnuts, or whatever nut you like. Stirring some sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds in the batter would also be really yummy.

These cookies would also make a really nice addition to a child’s school lunch as a yummy dessert or as a between-classes snack to help fuel him/her. Their friends might just be jealous!

One bowl, ten minutes prep time, and twenty minutes in the oven; these are so incredibly simple to make. You can whip up a batch or even a double batch on Sunday and have them for the rest of the week! You’ll probably want to store them in the refrigerator.

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Apple Breakfast Cookies | A Girl Worth Saving

Apple Breakfast Cookies

Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 dozen
Author: Heather Resler
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. and grease a large baking sheet with a bit of coconut oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the banana and stir in the apples, coconut oil, maple syrup, and eggs.
  3. Add the coconut and mix well.
  4. Add the collagen peptides, coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well.
  5. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet and press a raw pecan half into the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake for 25-28 minutes.