You’re going to love today’s lunch idea! I’m sharing how to pack a smoothie for lunch plus a healthy, dessert-inspired smoothie recipe you’re definitely going to want to try!
Packing a smoothie in yours or your child’s lunch box is a lot easier than you might think!
No more paying for overpriced smoothies, this is the perfect solution whether you want to pack a smoothie in your child’s lunch bag or enjoy it on-the-go!
How to Keep a Smoothie Cold Until Lunch
Every once in awhile it’s nice to forgo the usual sandwiches and wraps for something cold and refreshing. Smoothies are a smart way to get a ton of fiber, protein, and vitamins in one delicious serving, and you can pack them for lunch! If you pack them correctly, it’s not too difficult to keep your smoothie cold and fresh and your other food warm and ready for lunchtime! It all starts with freezing your smoothie.
You can see how I pack lunchboxes to keep smoothies cold here:
Top Smoothie Bottles, Cups and Containers
You might be curious about the best smoothie containers so I’ll mention a few of my personal favorites.
1. Thermos Container
Place a thermos container in the freezer overnight. In the morning, fill it with your choice of smoothie and pack it into the lunch bag. It acts as a freezer pack, and by the time noon rolls around, the smoothie will be a perfect consistency. I like using thermoses to pack smoothies. Instead of plastic bottles, which don’t work well in the freezer, thermoses keep ingredients properly sealed and cold for hours.
2. Freezer Cups
These are great for when you don’t have thermoses. It comes with a screw-top lid and seals, so nothing spills in the lunch bag.
My favorite freezer-friendly smoothie jars can be found here. These are no-spill and a great way to prep smoothies ahead of time or pack them for lunch.
Best Smoothies for Kids
Now we are getting to the good stuff! Not only do these smoothies taste incredible, they are made with healthy, high-fiber ingredients and low in sugar.
- Chocolate Green Smoothie
- Mango Peach Smoothie
- Triple Berry Smoothie
- Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
- Peach Cobbler Smoothie
Protein Smoothies for Kids
Smoothies can be an optimal source of protein if you choose to add options such as chia seeds, Greek yogurt, or protein powder. I’m very particular about which ones I use, but I’ve found this one to be top-notch in quality and flavor. Here are our top tried and true protein smoothies:
- Chocolate Protein Smoothie
- Blueberry Green Smoothie
- Pineapple Green Smoothie
- Strawberries & Cream Smoothie
Here’s a delicious coconut pie smoothie to get you started packing smoothie lunches today!
Coconut Pie Lunchbox Smoothie
- 3 bananas
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 14 ounce can coconut milk
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup ice
- In a blender, combine bananas, almond butter, coconut milk, coconut flakes, and vanilla.
- Blend well. Add ice and blend. If it’s too thick, add more coconut milk or water.
- Pour into tall glasses and enjoy.
- If packing for lunch, divide the smoothie between chilled thermos containers and pack into lunch bags.