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Six Tips to Expedite Your Smoothie Making Process for Busy Days

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If you don’t have that much time in the mornings, you can take a few steps to prepare in advance.Time is of the essence, and when it comes to eating and nourishing our bodies, we alwaysshortchange ourselves. Well, these tips are going to put our bodies and our health first without askingfor hours of our time. Follow these tips to expedite your smoothie-making process:

1. Create a smoothie station in your kitchen:

The more visible your smoothie stuff, the more likelyyou are to grab it and use it. Put all your tools—cutting board, knife, any containers—and your non-refrigerated foods (like superfoods, dried fruit, nuts, nut butters, and powders) on that station.

2. Plan your week’s recipes ahead of time:

Get out your food journal and plan out your smoothierecipes for the next seven days. Pick recipes that have common fruits and vegetables while alsorotating some of your greens. Do your shopping for everything on the weekend.

3. Organize your smoothie bags:

Get yourself a large box of resealable zip-top bags. For eachrecipe, go to your fridge, grab all the greens and vegetables the recipe calls for, and put them in a pileon your kitchen counter. Then do the same for fruits. If using frozen fruit, just get the serving size youneed and put it in a mason jar, then fill it up with all the greens, veggies, nuts, seeds, or whatever elsethe recipe calls for. Do not add any liquid to the jar. Put the lid on and store in the fridge. If you aremaking more than one recipe, make a note of recipes on the jars.

4. Pour the liquid base in the blender container in advance:

Measure out the liquid base—filteredwater or nut milk—into your blender and ideally store it in the refrigerator until ready to make yoursmoothie. That way you don’t have to wash an extra container, and you’ll have your liquid ready to gowithout the need to pour and measure.

5. Grab, blend, and go:

In the morning or whenever you are ready to make your smoothie in a hurry,just grab your mason jar and dump it into your blender. Your greens will go in first, then your softfruit, which is mostly defrosted. If your smoothie isn’t cold enough, throw a couple of ice cubes in.Then add your smoothie base, blend it up, pour everything back into your smoothie jar, get a straw,and you’re done.

6. Fill your blender with water:

If dashing out the door, just fill your dirty blender with water andsoap and let it soak until you wash it later.