Drink Healthy Anywhere Life Takes You
Smoothies have become a popular way to help get in our daily doses of fruits and vegetables. The obstacle smoothies can come with is the time to make them each day. In this post, I offer you a solution to being able to have smoothies on the go. I also offer you my best tips on how to travel with smoothies, even when you carry your luggage on!
When it comes to eating healthy- the most common obstacle is often time. Let’s be real when we are short on time; we look for foods that are ready to grab and go. If you’re not prepared this will result in processed food, which is often higher in sugars and lacking in nutrition.
Preparation is the key to eating healthy and feeling your best; so that regardless of time, you can opt for foods that nourish you. The more you set yourself up for success, the more likely you will eat food that nourishes you.
I like to think of daily green smoothies as your daily dose of vitamins. It’s one of the best ways to jam-pack pure health into your diet; to ensure you’re getting essential fruits and vegetables regardless of other meals.
In order to keep some green smoothies available for daily consumption, I’ve found “Smoothie Prepping” once a week to be the best trick. I make a big batch and divide it up into mason jars so they are ready for me throughout the week-smoothies on the go.
My favorite green smoothie recipe is inspired by Kimberly Snyder’s “Glowing Green” Smoothie.
8 oz water or coconut water
Head of romaine lettuce
Spinach or kale bunch
Celery- 4-5 stalks
2-4 lemons or limes
*optional dandelion greens, parsley, cilantro for extra detoxing
- Wash and prep the produce by chopping into smaller pieces and removing stems of kale (if using), apples and pears. The lemons/limes you will squeeze for juice.
- Add 8 oz of water to your blender.
- Add in the greens, blending at a low speed to break down just enough to add more to the blender as all the greens will not fit at once.
- Add in all other fruits and vegetables and lemon/lime juice blending at a low to medium speed.
- Once all fruits and veggies have been added, blend at a higher speed for smoother blend.
What I love about this recipe is the ease of swapping out produce, adding and deleting produce based on the season, or simply what you have available in your kitchen.
I’ve found green smoothies for some people can be an acquired taste. If green drinks are not typically palpable for you, try adding more fruit and fewer greens. This recipe is very flexible. Starting out with only romaine lettuce as your green leaves or adding in more fruit. The banana really helps to cut the strong green taste. Over time, add in more greens and less fruit as you acquire a love for greens. The real goal is nutrition, not perfection!
This recipe is freezer friendly. It keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, so you’ll always be ready for a smoothie on the go. If you choose to freeze your smoothies, transfer it from freezer to fridge or counter the night before to allow it to thaw out.
Traveling and Flying with Smoothies
These smoothies make excellent travel companions. I take these on every trip with me. I’ve found this ensures I’m starting my day out with nutrition regardless of what my meal options are for the rest of the day.
TSA permits you to bring frozen liquids through the carryon checkpoint, which makes adding these smoothies to your carry on bags a breeze. When I travel with these, I like to reuse old water bottles, jar, or juice containers for these smoothies rather than the mason jars as I can then recycle the container on my trip.
One of the tips I’ve learned through the dozens of times I’ve brought these through the TSA screening is that they will come up as an unknown solid on the x-ray prompting a search of the bag. To avoid them opening your bag, just take the bottles out prior to sending your luggage going through the x-ray. I usually just put them in a plastic bag that they can open easily or see right in, this will allow the agent to see exactly what they are and will likely save yourself the hassle of having your luggage pulled for inspection.
With a little prep you can have smoothies on the go every day!
Karla Kueber is a Certified Evidence Based EFT Practioner and Health Coach, with a double Masters Degree in Education. She works with people to overcome emotional eating, curb cravings, and overcome resistance to eating new healthy foods. You can learn more about ending the food struggle here.