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As someone who is not a morning person, waking up early for a 7:15 call time for work can be a challenge. I do try to keep myself healthy by eating well – and so I make my own meals to ensure quality (meaning unprocessed) – but having a quick bite before going to work is impossible if I wake up at 6am and if I have to leave after 30 minutes. Even making a quick smoothie blend can take a toll on my shower time! Because I tend to sleep late anyway, I thought, can I prepare smoothies in advance? As in, the night before.

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Obviously, the answer is yes because – well, you can do whatever the fuck you want – it’s your life! Let’s not lose the point here though: we are trying to make a healthy breakfast here. With that in mind, I think you can say that smoothies are best consumed immediately after making it because it starts to oxidise then (meaning the nutrients are degrading – making it less nutritious).

Although fresh is always best, just think – it’s always better to chug a refrigerated smoothie than to have French Toast for breakfast. Smoothies keep for awhile anyway, having a 24 hr time frame.

So, how can I prepare smoothies in advance?

You will need an airtight container for this. When you’ve blended your ingredients, from greens to fruits, fill your airtight container to the brim to prevent air from being trapped in the container because air means oxidization.

Seal your container tightly and put it in the fridge. You can freeze it too if you prefer something slushy later. I use this airtight jam jars recycled from, well, jams.

If you want, squeeze lemon or lime juice to your smoothie. The vitamin C keeps it from oxidation.

You might see some separation but you should be able to just shake it up again. Rule of thumb, if it smells off or looks dark, just don’t take it.

Here are two of my favourite go-to recipes when it comes to making smoothies for breakfast.

Happy blending!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

What you need:

  • 1 banana, sliced to discs
  • 4 pieces of strawberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c cold water

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What to do:

1. Put everything in the blender and blend (duh). Transfer to a lidded bottle for work!

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Dragon Fruit (Pitaya) Banana Smoothie

(okay obviously I like bananas)

What you need:

  • 1/2 dragon fruit, sliced
  • 1 banana, sliced to discs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c water (depends how to want your consistency).

What to do:

1. Add ingredients in the blender and blend (again). Pour into a lidded vessel, or just enjoy!

 

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