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

    Cooking, travel and parenting are three of Kathryn Walsh's passions. She makes chicken nuggets during days nannying, whips up vegetarian feasts at night and road trips on weekends. Her work has appeared to The Syracuse Post-Standard and insider magazine. Walsh received a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.

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