If you go looking online for ways to save time with your smoothies, you'll find lots of blog posts and YouTube videos about different ways to prep ahead of time, which, I agree IS a great time saver.
HOWEVER…prepping ahead is not, in my opinion, the best smoothie time saver. And it's honestly not even a close second.
My number 1? Making recipes that are familiar, simple, and easy. Specifically, making only a few different recipes that have easy-to-find ingredients and that:
The time and effort required to shop and prep a brand new smoothie recipe has got to be at least 10 times what you'd spend on a simple smoothie you've had many times before. Just the number of times you have to refer back to the recipe puts it way over the top.
It's so easy to get caught up in the smoothie porn you see online - the thousands upon thousands of smoothie recipes and pictures that you find in blog posts and social media. They all look so pretty and sound so good. And like one person I was talking with said, if you're not making lots of different smoothies and trying some of the exotic ingredients you hear about, you can start to feel like you're somehow inadequate or doing it wrong.
That's understandable, but if you feel that way then you're focused on the wrong thing. When you're trying to stick with your smoothies as a way to eat healthier, the most important thing is to be consistent with having your healthy smoothies every day, even if it's the same old couple of recipes every time.
To be clear though, I'm not at all against exploring and trying new recipes. In fact, my Guided Smoothie Tour weekly email series shares a ton of new smoothies. You just need to know how to fit them in so they don't throw your smoothie habit off track.
One point I make in my smoothie habit plan is that we only do things when our motivation to do them exceeds the effort required. Said another way, the easier something is to do, the more likely we are to do it. I think we all get that, but I also think that far too often we over emphasize staying motivated and under emphasize keeping things simple and easy.
Motivation is like a wave in the ocean. Enjoy the ride when it's there, but also plan for it to slip away and not come back for a while. Making your smoothies as easy as possible helps you stick with them while you wait for that next wave of motivation to come through.
Try new smoothie recipes when you have a little more time (e.g. on weekends, holidays, etc.) or are feeling especially motivated. But on most days when you're just trying to get a smoothie in you before you head out the door to work, stick with your tried and true favorites. And consider prepping your smoothies ahead of time too… :)
Have an awesome day.
If you enjoyed this article then you might want to check out my Guided Smoothie Tour weekly email series. Here's what you get on the Tour:
If any of that sounds appealing, then let me know which email address to use and we'll get you started. If not, no worries at all. Either way, have an awesome day.