How to Make Smoothies the Night Before

by Kathryn Walsh

    Smoothies are a quick and easy breakfast option, and the sweetness appeals to adults and children. Assembling the drink the night before means you can make your breakfast in a matter of minutes and carry it out the door in a cup with a straw. Fill your smoothies with fresh fruit and milk and you'll have a breakfast that's not only tasty but full of both fiber and dairy.

    Items you will need

    • Berries
    • Paper towels
    • Blender
    • Banana
    • Yogurt
    • Juice or milk
    • Flax seed
    • Plastic wrap or foil
    • Ice cubes
    • Airtight container
    Step 1

    Cut the stems off of a few handfuls of berries. Use strawberries, blueberries or raspberries or a combination. Wash the berries under warm water and pat them dry with a paper towel.

    Step 2

    Slice up a banana and place it in a blender along with the berries. Add a cup of vanilla or plain yogurt to the blender. Pour in a half cup of orange juice or milk. Add a tablespoon of flax seed to add fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

    Step 3

    Put the cover on the blender. If the top doesn't have a tight seal, wrap plastic wrap or foil around the top to keep air out. Place the blender in the refrigerator overnight.

    Step 4

    Take the blender out of the refrigerator in the morning. Add a handful of ice cubes. Place the blender body onto the electrical base and blend the mixture until there are no chunks of ice left.

    Step 5

    Portion the smoothie into individual cups, then store any extra in an airtight container. Drink the smoothie within 24 hours of blending it.

    Tip

    • Substitute or add any of your favorite fruits to a smoothie. Mango, pineapple, peaches or grapes are tasty. Shredded carrots, kale and tofu are fiber- and protein-rich additions.

    About the Author

    Kathryn Walsh started writing in 2005. Her work has appeared in "The Syracuse Post-Standard" and on various websites. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, two as a preschool teacher. Walsh received a dual Master of Arts in journalism and television and film from Syracuse University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Rochester.

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