My Postpartum Freezer Cooking Plan (+36 Fabulous Recipes)

I think that freezer cooking can be a powerful tool in every homemaker’s kitchen – no matter what stage of life you are in (working outside the home, stay at home mom, work at home mom, etc). But it can be especially helpful when you are preparing for having a new baby!

Not only can freezer cooking save you valuable time and save you money, it can also help you to eat healthier, from-scratch meals even during busy times like the week you come home from the hospital and don’t want to do anything but snuggle your new bundle of joy.

I’m due with our Twin boys this summer (and we already have 2 year old twin boys) so I know I am going to need all the help I can get. Already at 31 weeks, I’m measuring full term for a single baby (and the babies have a combined weight of over 8lbs at this point). I am starting to have a really hard time moving around, grocery shopping, and cooking. Freezer cooking has been saving me already and I know I will be so glad come this summer that I have these meals all stocked up.

Postpartum freezer cooking plan

I don’t want to have to do any cooking for the first several weeks of my twin’s lives (or preferably for a few weeks leading up to their birth since I will be as big as a house). I am blessed to be apart of a wonderful Church body and I know I will get meals from friends and family, but it won’t be enough. I know we will default to eating out or frozen pizzas (I’m just being honest here)!

So here’s what I’m doing to make my summer easier! I’ve done about half of this cooking so far, and plan to work on the rest this week. I’ll update this post with pictures as I finish.

Freezer Cooking Tools

Here are a few things that will make your life easier when freezer cooking:

Freezer Cooking Breakfasts

I really hate cooking breakfast. My energetic little boys are hungry the moment they wake up, my pregnant self is starving, I need my tea right away, and it’s just exhausting. I don’t know why, but breakfast is my least favorite meal to make. So I want to make sure to have plenty of breakfast options in the freezer (plus breakfasts make good snacks or meals for later in the day too)!

11 Breakfast Freezer Cooking Recipes

Whole Wheat Banana Nut Bread – Money Saving Mom

This is my favorite banana nut bread! By using white whole wheat flour, these puppies are whole wheat but still taste amazing! Like Crystal, I use Sucanant as my sugar of choice. I also add diced up walnuts to the batter and sprinkled on top.

So far I’ve made 8 loaves (4 recipes worth) to put in the freezer. But since we’ve had it in there, it’s also been a go to snack and we’ve eaten through 2 loaves! I might need to make some more. Before freezing, I cut my loaves into slices and then wrap in tin foil or parchment paper and put two loaves in a gallon zip lock baggie. Then I can just take out individual pieces to warm up rather than defrost the whole loaf if I don’t need to.

Whole Wheat Blueberry Waffles – Money Saving Mom

These waffles rock! And once again I use white whole wheat flour and a little bit of sucanant as the sweetener. I also add in frozen blueberries to my batter before cooking but you could also experiment with other berries or even chocolate chips.

I currently have about 8 bags of these in my freezer as they are just so easy to make and then reheat and eat! to prevent them from sticking together in the freezer and making one giant waffle, I slip a piece of parchment paper in between each waffle before placing about 6 – 8 in side a gallon size freezer bag.

Freezer Cooking Breakfast Ideas

Easy Egg Sausage Breakfast Burritos – Raining Hot Coupons

Along with easy breakfasts that I wanted for myself and my kids during the week, I also wanted to stock up on filling breakfasts for my husband to grab and go. Usually I make him eggs or something similar to take to work with him in the morning. But preparing for our babies, I wanted to make it was easy as possible so I didn’t even have to think about breakfast.

So I’ve made one batch of these egg sausage burritos so far (and hubby greatly approves)! I want to fill a few more bags of these to get through those first few weeks and months of the new babies. To easily freeze, I individually wrapped each burrito in plastic wrap and then put inside a gallon freezer bag. I got about 12 burritos from this one recipe but I was overly generous with the sizes in the recipe.

Egg sausage burritos

Other Awesome Breakfast Recipes to Try:

Freezer Cooking Lunch & Dinner

Here are some other random meals that I know we will enjoy having in the freezer. I haven’t gotten to making these yet, but the recipes are printed out, the food is in my fridge, and I’m hoping to get to these this week!

Southwest Roll-Ups – Money Saving Mom

I plan to make a ton of these burritos – which is easy once you’ve got an assembly line going on  - to fill my freezer for quick snacks, dinners, or lunches for any of us.

Easy freezer cooking meal that works well for snacks, lunches, or dinners for the whole family!

Lasagna Casserole – Money Saving Mom

These look so yummy. And once you already have all the ingredients out, you might as well make a few. I plan on making 4 of these. I purchased disposable tins for these to make it even easier.

Lasagna casserole

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie –  Meal Planning Magic

For these homemade chicken pot pie’s, I purchased pre-made whole wheat pie crusts in disposable tins just to make it that much easier! I plan on making two recipes of this which makes 4 pies. I’ve never made this particular chicken pot pie before, so if we love it, I may end up making a few more for the freezer!

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Other Awesome Lunch/Dinner Recipes to Try:

36+ Freezer Cooking Meals for the Whole Family

20 Crock Pot Freezer Meals for under $150

Because it’s getting a lot harder for me to move around and spend long hours in the kitchen (the twins weight over 4lbs each at this point and are not slowing down) my sister offered to do a big freezer cooking day with me and I said YES!!

We decided to attempt this complete freezer cooking plan from $5 Dinners with 20 crock pot freezer meals for under $150 from Costco. (They also have a ton of other awesome meal plans to check out). I printed out the meal plan complete with the meals, shopping list, prep work, and full directions for getting all these meals done as once.

So my sister took an afternoon to go to Costco and the grocery store with me and get everything I needed to make these 20 meals for under $150. Then the next morning she came over bright and early, we made some coffee and starting cooking and putting these 20 meals together. It took about 4 hours total – and because we cleaned a bit as we went, there wasn’t a ton of clean up left at the end either!

20 Slow cooker freezer meals for under $150

These meals are all so easy too – defrost and then dump into your crock pot for 8 hours. I can’t wait to try the first one. We ended up with 20 separate meals in gallon size freezer bags but I think with sides such as bread, veggies, or pasta for different meals, each one should last about 2 meals. So really, we ended up with more like 40 meals! It was awesome :)

Find These Recipes More Easily:

To help myself organize all my freezer cooking recipes I wanted to try or keep for when we have our babies, I created a Pinterest board to save them all too. So if you want to access any of these recipes I shared above (and even more freezer cooking resource) then follow my board: Freezer Cooking for a New Baby

Follow Jami Balmet | Young Wife’s Guide’s board Freezer Cooking for a New Baby on Pinterest.

Freezer Cooking Without the Headaches

If you are ready to dive into freezer cooking but you don’t want to deal with all the headaches of tracking down all the recipes, compiling the shopping list, figuring out all the prep work in advance, how much it’s going to cost, etc. then you might want to check out Build a Menu’s freezer cooking meal plans!!

During the month of May, you can get a 12 month membership for over 50% OFF at only $35 for the entire year to my very favorite meal planning website! Just use coupon code: BAM15_Classic to get a year’s access to this powerful meal planning website that also includes Freezer Cooking menus!!

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More Freezer Cooking Resources

If the idea of freezer cooking intrigues you, but you are new to it or have questions, then check out my series I did on Freezer cooking: The what, the why, the how!

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Why You Need to Start Meal Planning (Plus a Video)

As a homemaker, who is concerned about my family’s health and staying within our grocery budget, learning how to meal plan has been the single most important and helpful skill I’ve developed.

Why you need to start meal planning

I’ve heard from many women who don’t meal plan and think that menu or meal planning just won’t work for their family for one reason or another. If you are this woman, I challenge you to read through this article and keep an open mind. In 99% of family’s, I think meal planning would be very beneficial!

Why I Meal Plan

Before we dive into how I meal plan, I want to share into a little bit about why I meal plan. Yes – meal planning does take time, commitment, and a bit of work – but in the end, the benefits are so worth it!

Meal Planning…Saves Money!

Here is my #1 reason for meal planning, it saves my family money and helps us to stick to our grocery budget. It helps our budget in a couple of ways:

1. It Keeps Me Out of the Stores

When I meal plan, I can do about 2 big grocery shops a month and keeps me out of the stores. When I enter Costco with a strict budget and specific grocery list with items all attached to meals, it helps me to cut out impulse purchases.

I’m focused on my goal the entire time while in the store.

2. It Allows Me to Plan Around Our Grocery Budget

In true Dave Ramsey’s fashion, my husband and I try have strict grocery budget’s each week and plan our meals and eating out to fit within that budget. When I meal plan with our budget in mind, it allows me to space out our grocery money throughout the month. I know what I’m spending at which stores and eliminates that question of “I went to the grocery store, spent all our grocery budget, and still don’t have enough meals for the month. How did this happen?

Pssst: While I’ve been meal planning by hand for years, the last 9 months I’ve converted to an online software for my meal planning and I’m never going back. Build a Menu has a neat feature that shows you the price estimate for very meal! So as you add meals to your menu for the week or month, you have a running total of how much this grocery shop will cost. With just a few clicks you can plan an entire meal plan within your budget, print off the ingredient list, and off you go to the store! And for the month of May, you can get a 12 month membership for only $35!!! That’s less than $3 per month. Use coupon code: BAM15_Classic to check it out.

Meal Planning…Saves Time!

Initially, meal planning takes a little bit of time to get into the habit of and actually do each time you head out to the grocery store. But in the long run, it saves so much time! It virtually eliminates the “What’s for dinner?” question that pops up around 5 o’clock every day.

Meal planning mentally frees me from having to think about my meals each day and helps to cut down on time searching for meals to make, running to the grocery store for one or two items I forgot, and helps me to be more organized.

Meal Planning….Helps Us to Eat Healthier

Even if meal planning didn’t save me money or time, I would jump into meal planning because it really helps me to feed my family healthier meals. It takes a lot of time and energy to cook 3 meals a day mostly from scratch. We’ve virtually eliminated processed foods from our house and so that means I’m cooking all.the.time!

Meal planning gives me freedom, direction, and a vision for my kitchen so that I can focus on cooking the most nutritious (and yummy) meals for my family. I think my kitchen would be in chaos if I didn’t regularly meal plan.

How to Meal Plan the Easy Way

So are you convinced now that you need to start meal planning? Awesome – let’s jump in and I’ll share how I’ve been meal planning for the last several years.

1)  Print Out Meal Planning Sheets

Of course, you can use a regular old notebook to do your meal planning, but I’ve created these free printable meal planning sheets for you to use.

I laminated mine (with my amazing laminator that I got off of Amazon for about $30) so that I could re-use them again and again without having to print it off each time.

Free Meal Planning Sheets

Download the Meal Planner and the Shopping List

2) Gather Your Favorite Cookbooks & Recipes

I love cookbooks – seriously, I’m a little bit addicted. So my first step in meal planning is to pull out a few of my favorite cookbooks and find some recipes. Note: When you start filling out your meal plan for the week, make sure you write down which cookbook the recipe came from and the page number. You think you will remember later…but you won’t!

Meal Planning Made Easy

Pinterest is of course my other favorite place to find recipes. So many of our family’s favorite recipes over the last several years have been discovered in Pinterest. You can follow me HERE on Pinterest to see how I use it for my homemaking.

3) Assemble Your Meals & Write Out the Ingredients

Here’s the crucial step – as you start to fill in your meal plan and pick out each meal, pause and write down the ingredients from each meal onto your shopping list.

If you are not sure if you have an ingredient or not, add a little “C” next to the ingredient so you can remember to check on it before you head to the store.

Then before you know it, you’ve created your entire meal plan! Check out my video below to learn even more about how I menu plan!

In the video, I mentioned that I no longer use a pen and paper to do my meal planning. I’ve actually converted to an online system for my meal planning and now I can do my complete meal planning and print off my shipping list within just a couple of minutes. This new website I’ve been using is called Build a Menu. I purchased a subscription to it last year during their annual sale and I’m happy to share they are running that same sale this month!

Awesome Meal Planning Website

Hi, it’s Jami here! I just wanted to pop in and let you know about an amazing deal that’s going on in the month of May. You can get a 12 month membership to my very favorite meal planning website for only $35 with coupon code: BAM15_Classic! Meal planning is the #1 thing that helps me to keep control of my kitchen, but with (almost) 4 little boys and a busy house to manage, I don’t always get to it!

That’s where Build a Menu comes into the picture. I don’t use it every day or even every week. But for less than $3 a month, it’s so nice and handy to have when I really need to throw together a meal plan, print it out, get my shopping list printed, and head out to the grocery store…in less than 20 minutes! Now’s the time to try out this meal planning website if you have been hesitant in the past. Check it out!

I LOVE Build a Menu!!

*This article was originally posted on November 3, 2014.

The Ultimate Roundup of Summer Recipes

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

Once summer rolls around it can be easy to stop planning meals because you want to enjoy the nice weather. Or maybe you can’t figure what to make that won’t heat up the whole house. I get it and I’ve been there. That is why I searched far and wide to come up with this huge list of ideas for summer recipes. Within the list , you will find recipes for grilling, salads, slow cooker meals, refreshing beverages, tasty frozen treats and more! There’s over 150 recipes so there really is something for everyone.

The Ultimate Roundup of Summer Recipes

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Grilling 

Grilling is a quintessential summer activity so you definitely need some great recipes to get try out on the grill. I found recipes for various types of chicken, beef, burgers, kabobs and even pizza.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Grilled Pizza

Quick Sausage Peppers and Onions

Grilled Honey Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

Grilled Island Chicken

Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken with Coconut Rice

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Barbecue Herb Grilled Chicken

Gourmet Hot Dogs

BBQ Bacon Chicken Kabobs

Classic Grilled Burgers

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Easy Homemade Burgers

BBQ Cocoa Chili Burger Patties

Bacon Cheddar Ranch Burgers

Honey and Ginger Marinated Flank Steak

Cumin and Oregano Beef Kabobs

Slow Cooker Meals

Having some slow cooker meal ideas ready for days you don’t want to use the oven during the summer is a must. Here are some easy yet delicious slow cooker meal ideas that scream summer.

crock pot recipes

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Slow Cooker Ham and Swiss Frittata

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Black Berry BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken (freezer Friendly)

Creamy & Cheesy Crockpot Chicken and Rice

Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Tacos

Saucy Chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Carnitas

Crock Pot Shredded Pork Lettuce Wraps

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Sandwiches, Wraps and Other No Bake Meals

Sometimes you just want to throw together a sandwich or a quick meal on the stove-top. Check out these recipes for more great ideas for making a meal without the use of the oven.

20 Minute meal: chicken caeser wrap! yuuum!

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BLT Wraps

Chicken Cesar Wraps

California Chicken Wraps

Fresh and Easy Chicken Salad

Homemade Black Bean Burger

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Summer Soup

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Penne

Sweet Paprika Chicken

Bell Pepper Chicken Burgers

Salads 

Summertime just says fresh produce to me and salads are a great way to enjoy those fresh fruits and veggies. I’ve been wanting to find some new salad ideas so I can’t wait to dig into some of these soon.

Barbecue Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad

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Broccoli Salad

Pasta Salads for a Crowd

Tomato Basil Pasta Salad

Garlic Butter Pasta Salad

Sundried Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Salad

Summer Couscous Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Antipasto Chicken Chopped Salad

Layered Salad

Crunchy Poppyseed Chicken Salad

Harvest Turkey Salad with Cherry Vinaigrette

Spring Greens with Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

Chopped Cobb Salad with Blue Cheese

Romaine Salad with Chicken, Cheddar, Apples, Spiced Pecans and Cranberry Vinaigrette

Southwestern Cobb Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

BBQ Chicken Salad with Creamy BBQ Cilantro Lime Dressing

Gourmet Green Salad with Homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Homemade Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Southwestern Salad

Amazing Spinach Salad with Sweet-Spicy Nuts, Apples, Feta and Bacon

Balsamic Honey Grilled Steak Salad and Vinaigrette

Delectable Southwest Steak Fajita Salad

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

California Cobb Strawberry Salad with Avocado Dressing

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppy Seed Dressing

Farro Salad

Appetizers and Side Dishes

A great barbecue or summer potluck needs some good appetizers or side dishes and this section has you covered there too!

Fruit Salad

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Pineapple Mango Salad

Very Berry Avocado Salad

Honey Lime Fruit Salad

Creamy Five Cup Fruit Salad

Mixed Fruit with Lemon Basil Dressing

Summery Watermelon Salad

Roasted Potato Salad

Easy Healthy Homemade Potato Salad

Maple Baked Beans

Nourishing Baked Beans

Fire Roasted Bell Peppers

Greek Tzatziki Dip

Classic Coleslaew

Mango Salsa

Fresh Fruit with Honey Yogurt Dip

Super Summer Fruit Dip

Beverages

It wouldn’t be summer without lots of ice cold refreshing beverages like tea, lemonade and smoothies. I even found a great looking recipe for cold brewed coffee so you can enjoy your favorite drink cold!

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie - Young Wifes Guide

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Cold Brewed Coffee

Honey Sweetened Ginger Ale

Homemade Strawberry Soda

Ginger Lemon Mocktail

Summer Spritzers

Sun Tea

Herbs for Making Iced Tea

Iced Green Tea (like Starbucks)

DIY Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade

Strawberry Apple Homemade Sweet Tea

Raspberry Ginger Iced Green Tea

Hibiscus Strawberry Rhubarb Iced Tea

 Better Than Kool-Aide Herbal Tea

Berry Lemonade Kombucha

Strawberry Milk

Homemade Honey Sweetened Lemonade

DIY Lemonade Concentrate

Brazilian Lemonade

Homemade Sugar Free Lemonade

Citrus Water Punch

Homemade Flavored Waters

Creamy Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

Fresh Strawberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lime Rickey

Watermelon Limeade

Healthy Homemade Slushies

Strawberry Watermelon Slushy

Raspberry Lemonade Slushy

Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink

Healthy Homemade Chocolate Frappe

Watermelon Frosty

Peach Orange Smoothie

Green Berry Protein Smoothie

Super Summer Smoothies

Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Kombucha Smoothie

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie

Frozen Treats 

Instead of running for the chime of the ice cream truck, try some of these delectable homemade frozen treats this summer.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

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Herb Infused Popsicles

Strawberry Creamscicle

Orange Coconut Creamscicles

Strawberry Cheesecake Popscicles

High C Herbal Ice Pops

Raspberry Coconut Popscicles

Watermelon Frozen Yogurt Pops

Mango Lassi & Strawberry Honey Yogurt Popscicles

Green Tea Smoothie Popscicles

Lemon Lime Frozen Yogurt Pops

Lemon Ice

Summertime Raspberry Sorbet

Rich Berry Sherbert

Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream

Luscious Lemon Ice Cream

Coconut Berry Caramel Ice Cream

Simple Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Vanilla Custard Kefir Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream:

Honey Sweetened Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Honey Peach Frozen Yogurt

Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Granola Parfaits

Other Desserts

Sometimes you need to give in and crank up the oven to make a summer like dessert, so here’s a couple of recipes you may want to make at least once.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Summertime Lime Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Extras

Here’s some extra recipes for meat rub, marinade, sauces, dressings that you might want to try.

Salad Dressing

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Jamaican Meat Marinade

Santa Fe Spice Rub

The Best Steak Marinade

Barbecue Sauce

Five Classic Homemade Salad Dressings

Homemade Ranch Dressing

20 Paleo Salad Dressings

Strawberry Syrup

Follow Along on Pinterest

To find even more amazing recipes (whether you are looking for yummy recipes, healthy meals, crock pot dishes, or anything else) then follow Jami on Pinterest! I regularly pin amazing recipes – in fact, it’s where I find most of our family favorite recipes!

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Get Healthy With Homemade Smoothies

By Ashley Roe, Contributing Writer

I love smoothies because they help me get lots of great nutrients plus they taste great. One of the best things about smoothies is that you can pack in lots of healthy ingredients into one glass. It also makes is much easier to make sure you or your kids are getting enough fruits or veggies everyday. If you are not sure what to put in your smoothie, keep reading below to find my recipe for nourishing blueberry banana smoothie plus links to lots more recipes.

Get Healthy With Homemade Smoothies - Young Wifes Guide

Why Make Your Own Smoothies?

I know you can head to your local coffee shop or a smoothie stand at the mall to get a smoothie and those taste great but they may not be as healthy as you think. Many of them have add extra sugar and powders that really are not necessary. Plus you don’t know if the fruit is actually fresh or not.

I looked up the nutrition facts of two smoothies online, one coffee-shop and one fast food place. Both had weird ingredients and added powders. One even listed a fruit base not actual fruit! So skip that weird stuff and make your own. Smoothies are easy to make and customize to your own taste preferences. To help give you some ideas, here’s my recipe for nourishing blueberry banana smoothie. Plus I included a couple of links below for even more smoothie ideas.

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie - Young Wifes Guide

Nourishing Blueberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia (or a blend of both)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3-4 ice cubes – or more depending in whether you use frozen fruit

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add extra ice if not using frozen fruit or for a thicker consistency and continue to pulse until ice is crushed.
  2. Enjoy your glass of fruity healthy goodness!

You can easily change the fruit to make a different kind of smoothie. I typically use everything, including the banana for all my smoothies and change out the other fruit to make different flavors. To make strawberry banana for example, just use strawberries instead of blueberries.

Nutritional Benefits

Not only does this smoothie taste great, but you get lots of nutritional benefits as well. Here’s a list of just some of healthy benefits:

  • Oranges have lots of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system.
  • Flax seed is a great source of omega 3′s which are good fats known to help maintain heart health and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Blueberries and flax are great sources of fiber which helps with maintaining a healthy digestive system.
  • Blueberries are also known to aid in brain function and memory due to their high antioxidant content.
  • Bananas are rich in potassium which helps maintain your heart and kidney health.
  • Greek yogurt with probiotics helps maintain your gut health.
  • Greek yogurt also contains more protein than regular yogurt making smoothies made with it a great choice for a filling snack or light meal replacement.

 More Smoothie Recipes

If you are looking for more smoothie recipes, check out these two round-ups for over 75 more recipes!

40 Smoothie Recipes You Should Try @ Intentional By Grace

35+ Smoothie Recipes and More! @ Raising Arrows

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How To Make Any Recipe Health(ier)

This post is part of our series: Crafting a Healthy Kitchen!  Follow along via email as we share practical tips for creating a healthy, real food kitchen, and pick up a copy of our cookbook, on sale for 31% off!

As I shared last week, learning how to craft a healthy kitchen has been a long journey for me. As I started realizing that the things I thought were “healthy” really weren’t and that a lot of my old recipes were full of junk items I no longer bought, I felt a little lost knowing what to cook.

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But as I’ve become more comfortable using healthy ingredients (like know which fats are actually healthy, how to make my own dried beans, ect), it’s been easier to look at old cookbooks and know what ingredients to substitute to make them healthy meals!

Sometimes, you still need to indulge in an ooey gooey cinnamon roll made with lots of sugar, but usually I try and cook healthy meals eat healthy snacks. Jaimie Ramsey has also been on a similar journey and shares some fantastic tips on how to convert any recipe into a real food, healthy meal! 

Read the full post by Jaimie HEREHow to Convert Any Recipe to Real Food

More in this series:

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