For my first post I thought it was appropriate to share something that I make everyday for my son, Trey.
Trey is 7 (almost 8) and is a lifelong vegan. He is very active and I like to give him something filling before his long day of school. Since his school doesn’t allow nuts, a major source of healthy vegan fat, I like to include nut butter in his breakfast.
I started making this smoothie for him about 2 years ago and he has it almost every morning. It is made with 1/2 to 1/3 of a banana, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I use SunWarrior), 1.5 TB of peanut butter and 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk (from Trader Joe’s).
Originally I would blend all of the ingredients with a few cubes of ice and call it a morning. Then I started hearing about people making “smoothie packs” ahead of time. I’m always looking to streamline our morning routine so I started making packs myself in Ziploc bags. It was convenient, but I felt bad about the extra garbage. That is when I found Preserve containers.
Now once a week I make 6-8 containers with all of the smoothie ingredients, except the milk. I break up the banana, add the peanut butter, protein powder and put it all in the Preserve container. I pop them all in the freezer. Any small reusable container will work, although I have had a few of the more disposable Glad type containers crack when I try to pop the frozen ingredients out into the blender. So for now I stick with the durable, but slightly more expensive Preserve containers.
Every morning I take a container and pop the frozen contents into my blender. I add the cup of almond milk and blend until smooth. The texture and temperature are perfect for Trey and I am confident he is going to school with a nutritious breakfast each day.
- 1 cup unsweetend non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder (Sun Warrior is my favorite)
- ⅓ frozen banana
- 1.5 TB peanut butter
- Add all ingredients to blender. Blend until smooth.