How to make smoothie power packs and save time meal prepping them each week. This is an easy way to add tons of nutrients into your smoothies.
So it’s no secret that I LOVE my morning smoothies and I have talked about how to meal prep smoothies for YEARS.
And to be honest, if I don’t meal prep my smoothies, they just won’t happen.
But just about 2 years ago, I started adding into my weekly smoothie preparation with a little thing I like to call “Smoothie Power Packs”.
And I want to share this idea with you, so that I can help to make your life just a little bit easier in the morning.
What are Smoothie Power Packs?
These are just basically little jars of goodness that you dump into your blender when you make a smoothie. They add a TON of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidents, and so much more into your smoothie.
Essentially they are just the dry and powder-y ingredients that go into a smoothie.
With years of preparing smoothies ahead of time, I can tell you I have tried many different variations of prepping them. And I have found that keeping the powders, and dry ingredients seperate from the moist veggies and fruits keeps much better.
So, when I am meal prepping my smoothies I make smoothie packs with all the produce. Then I make these Power Packs in a small mason jar.
Meal prepping my smoothies and making these little booster packs takes only about 8 minutes on Sunday. But it saves me SO MUCH TIME during the week because I don’t have to wash, cut, prep, and measure my ingredients each and every morning.
When I am ready to make my smoothie, I simply dump the contents of the smoothie bag into the blender. Then I add in the contents of my Smoothie Power Pack, add in my liquids and blend away.
Weekday smoothies take less than 60 seconds to whip up and save me a ton of time with a crazy toddler running around my feet.
What can you put in Smoothie Power Packs?
This is the best part about it…you can put ANYTHING into your Power Pack!
Just be sure that you re using only DRY ingredients in your Power Packs. Any slightly wet or moist ingredients can go into your smoothie pack.
I have an entire post with a ton of different superfood smoothie ingredient boosters that add tons of nutrients and benefits into your smoothies.
You can check out out and see what benefits you might be looking for and add those into your Smoothie Power Pack for a little extra boost.
How to make Smoothie Power Packs
Making these little smoothie booster jars are easy enough.
All you need to do is measure all of the ingredients that you’ll be using and pour them into your jars.
These are the ingredients that I usually put into my Smoothie Power Packs, but again, you can put anything in them.
You can check out these smoothie booster ingredients that will help to provide you with a ton of nutrients to fuel your body.
I usually make my go-to Green smoothie with this Power Pack, but again this pack is pretty neutral in flavors so it could go with just about any smoothie to add in a little boost of nutrients.
High Quality Vanilla Protein Powder
This is a must to help not only boost protein, but also to help keep blood sugar levels steady — which is key to losing weight boosting energy. It’s something we talk about a lot in the Collectively Fit Program.
I recommend and have been using Vital Proteins Collagen Whey Vanilla Protein for years. It’s great quality and makes super smooth and thick smoothies.
This antioxidant rich spice can help fight inflammation and may even lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Just make you get “true cinnamon”, or Ceylon cinnamon. It’s a bit sweeter and made from real cinnamon bark.
Depending on the smoothie you mis your booster pack with, you may opt to leave this ingredient out, but personally I like cinnamon in just about everything!
Chia seeds pack a powerful punch in just a tony little seed. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as fiber, protein, calcium, and antioxidants. But they’re also amazing for thickening for smoothies, too.
Help seeds contain easily digestible protein including all the essential amino acids. Plus they contain the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which can help with arthritis, joint mobility, eczema, hormonal balance, migraines, menopause, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, and weight management.
Flax seeds are also a great source of omega-3’s, but what is most astonishing about them is that they are also rich in Lignans, which may help protect against cancer by blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism and interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells. (source)
Mason Jars OR Zip-Bags
I choose small 8 ounce mason jars mostly because they are very inexpensive and I already have about a hundred of them! LOL
But you can also use zip-bags — I prefer using Stasher bags to be eco-friendly. But since Stasher bags are a bit expensive (though completely worth it!), I like to save mine for other needs –like storing my smoothie ingredients!
You’ll also want some measuring spoons just to measure out your ingredients. It’s no totally necessary, but I just like measuring everything for consistency.
While this isn’t part of making these smoothie power packs, it will be part of making the actual smoothie, so I thought I would mention it.
Having a quality blender can make all the difference between a GOOD smoothie, and a gritty smoothie — and I personally don’t want to chew the greens in my smoothie.
I LOVE my Vitamix Blender and have had it for years, but again, they are on the expensive side.
I have heard amazing things about Ninja Blenders too, but have not personally had one of my own — but they are more reasonably priced.Print
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Place all the ingredients into a small mason jar to store.
One you’re ready to make a smoothie, simply dump your Smoothie Power Pack and smoothie ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth.
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