If it weren’t for smoothies….I don’t know how we would have survived the first months after my son was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease. I think he had a smoothie for breakfast everyday for 6 months! Thankfully I have learned a LOT since then and have more gluten-free recipes in my arsenal. :-) Smoothies for breakfast continue to be a favorite however. Just not every day. But I never really thought about them for lunch (or dinner for that matter) because, well, that would just be impractical! Making a smoothie in the morning to send with my kids to school for lunch…that’s just bonkers!
Obviously I was not thinking outside the “lunch” box like Shaina at Food For My Family was! She began FREEZING smoothies to put in her kids’ lunch boxes. Brilliant. Not only do you have a delicious treat to eat that’s good for you, you have also eliminated the need for a separate freezer pack to keep the lunch cold. It’s built in to the smoothie! :-)
I loved this idea so much I immediately went to the freezer to see what I had on hand in the way of smoothie ingredients. I was in luck!!!
I had 1/2 a bag of frozen strawberries, a couple of frozen bananas (I toss bananas that are on the verge of “unfreshness” into a plastic zip baggie that then goes in the freezer), and a BIG bag of frozen peaches from last falls’s peach jam-making project. (I bought WAY too many peaches at the time!) I’d been looking for a way to use these up before I buy MORE peaches very soon. (We simply MUST have Peach Freezer Jam in the deep freeze throughout the winter or all hell breaks loose! lol)
So I decided to blend up a big batch of Peach-Banana-Strawberry Smoothies! I don’t really have a “recipe” per se for my smoothies….but if forced to write it down (or type it up!) it goes something like this:
- 1 cup peaches (frozen, canned, fresh…whatever)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana (again, frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 cup milk (sometimes I substitute O.J.)
- 1/2 cup vanilla or strawberry yogurt (if I have it on hand, if not, I skip it)
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- Optional: 1 – 2 packets of Stevia (I only use this if the fruit isn’t very sweet)
I think after all was said and done I almost DOUBLED the recipe above. I ended up with a BIG batch of smoothies that I then put into these handy 8 ounce freezer jars. I ended up with 6 smoothies in all.
And here they are after spending some time in the deep freeze. All ready to do double-duty as a delicious lunch box treat AND as a built-in freezer pack to keep things nice and cold.
Mmmm…mmm…mmm….I am tempted to go grab one right now! It’s actually kind of nice to know you have a smoothie-at-the-ready when you have hankerin’ for one….even if you’re NOT packing a lunch to work or school. A smoothie treat anytime!
(I might just have to take a lunch to the park today!) :-)
Lunch Box Smoothies
- 1 cup peaches frozen, canned or fresh
- 1 cup strawberries frozen
- 1 banana frozen or fresh
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla or strawberry yogurt Optional
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 2 oz Stevia only use this if the fruit isn’t very sweet
- Blend and Serve!