I love gifts that come from the heart and that feel outside the box. If a gift I give makes someone happy because I took the time to customize it, it’s a great feeling. And when that same gift saves the recipient time, well, that’s even better. As a former teacher, I always cringed when holiday time would come around. The piles of candy and baked goods I’d never eat seemed like such a waste. Sure, the thoughtfulness was there, and yes, to a certain extent it is the thought that counts. But I like to go beyond thoughtful and actually try to think about the person’s likes, dislikes, favorite colors, children, etc. and then provide something that’s not only healthy, but a little bit personalized. I don’t want to give Starbucks gift cards to non coffee drinkers, nor do I want to make a huge batch of brownies for someone into fitness. In fact, I never give sugary treats to my loved ones, friends, or my kids’ teachers. Why would I want to fill the people I love the most with junk? No, I choose to create great tasting and visually appealing gifts that keep those I care about most feeling good about themselves. So if you find yourself in a frantic, “I NEED a gift right NOW” state, these adorable Smoothie Starters can be made last-minute, provided you get a bunch of cute labels made for your “rainy day-need-a gift-ASAP” moment. When you buy/order sticker labels, just go to the company’s website and find the templates that correspond with your label’s number. Type in your personal message, any flavor info you want to give, and instructions (should the gift require them) and print off a whole sheet. They’ll be there every time you need them, which is usually at 10:00 at night when your kiddo reminds you he has to bring a gift into school at 7:00 a.m. the next day.
Get creative with your flavors. Be sure to put how many servings your gift makes, and be aware that it's very easy to turn a healthy protein shake into a calorie-trap by adding way too many nuts, seeds, coconut and dried fruit. Either add up the macros and add them, or be really mindful as you layer your jars. The Smoothie Starter here is a "Tropical" theme.
- Prep Time : 3 minutes
- Yield : 1
- In a mason jar, add the protein powder, and stevia, if using. Add 1/2 the apricot pieces.
- Top with cashews, remaining apricots and sprinkle with coconut.
- Seal the jar and be sure to write that's it's a single serving protein smoothie.
- Don't forget instructions, such as "Blend with ice and coconut milk."