Recipe: Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)

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Sure throwing a few ingredients in a blender to make a smoothie doesn’t take long, but on a busy weekday morning we all know…every minute counts! And after trying out this make ahead method of bagging (or bottling) up smoothie ingredients myself, I can attest that it really does make a difference.

Even in the afternoons when the girls get home from school, I might not always be into the idea of getting out all the different ingredients to make a smoothie, but if the fruits and veggies were already packaged up in the exact right proportions? Sure, we can have a smoothie snack any day! It’s amazing how sometimes a little advance preparation can go a long way.

Recipe: Make Ahead Smoothie (2 Ways)-
3 Ways to Freeze Smoothie Ingredients

  • Canning Jars – No need to “can” or process jars in any way. Just put them directly into the freezer.
  • Ziploc Bags – Yes, not the most eco-friendly, but handy and technically washable and reusable. :)
  • Reusable Bags – For this application I love the pictured bag from “neat-os” because they are most like the Ziplocs I am used to (silky smooth on the inside and out). If you want to give them a go, be sure to use our coupon code “100days20″ for 20% off! Who doesn’t love a good deal?

For more smoothie recipe ideas (that could probably be frozen in advance as well) be sure to check out The 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge  eGuide from our friends and affiliate partners over at SimpleGreenSmoothies.com. I’d love to hear your smoothie tips in the comments below.

 

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Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)
Serves: 2 – 3
 
Ingredients
Version 1
  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¾ cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
Version 2
  • 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¾ cup diced or sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
Both Versions
  • 2 cups fresh spinach (or other greens like kale or swiss chard – with tough stems discarded)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter or almond butter)
  • 2 bananas…the riper the sweeter (these do not get frozen with other ingredients)
  • 1 cup milk (any kind) or water (this also does not get frozen with other ingredients)
Instructions
  1. Combine the berries and fruit from one of the version options along with the spinach and peanut butter in a freezer-proof bag, jar, or other container. Freeze for later.
  2. When ready to make the smoothie, break up the frozen ingredients with your hand or a utensil (or by banging the bag against the counter) and add them to your blender along with 2 fresh bananas and 1 cup of milk or water (or a combination).
  3. Blend, serve and enjoy.

 

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124 comments to Recipe: Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)

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  • Katie

    Why don’t you freeze the bananas along with the other ingredients?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Katie. You can. I freeze my bananas all the time. Sometimes frozen bananas along with several other froze ingredients can make for a really thick smoothie and you would need to add more liquid in order to drink it. ~Amy

  • Erin

    Have you found any particular ‘to go’ cups that you like to use when you have these for a breakfast on the go?
    Thank so much?

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Erin. Not sure what Lisa uses in that case but my family has found the insulated “starbucks-like” tall clear plastic cups with the lid and straw to be very useful. :) ~Amy

  • Rene

    You really need to add protein whey to smoothies. Otherwise, you will be starving in no time.

  • Amanda

    I am wondering if you have ideas on how to acutally get the re-usable straws clean without any left overs stuck in the straw. I have tried several things. Any suggestions?

    • Abby

      I buy a pack of pipe cleaners from the craft store, and fold them in half (for the fat straws), that way it’s sortof expanded and cleans both sides of the straw

  • Ashley

    To commenter Rene above–that is totally not true! I’ve been drinking smoothies very similar to this one for breakfast for a while now. I used to think the same thing added protein powder to every single smoothie I drank. Once I tried drinking them without the powder, I haven’t looked back. I drink them on the way to work in the morning (6:30-7am), and am not hungry until lunchtime at 11. Don’t knock it until you try it!

  • Tricia

    I’ve been making my own smoothie packs with just various fruit combos and hen I blend with martinelli’s apple juice (my favorite!) but once I was in a hurry and bought one of those jamba juice fruit smoothie packs. It seemed to contain just fruit but was SO much better than mine. Anyone use these before? What’s the difference and what could I add to make mine like these? The front of the bag said fruit & yogurt smoothie? I read on pinterest you can freeze ice cubes of yogurt and add them to your smoothies. Anyone try this?

    • Kay

      yes, I freeze my yogurt both plain and with the fruit blended in and then when its time to make the smoothie just blend those up I like to add some greens too and your choice of liquid.fruit (milk, kefir, homemade juice,banana)

    • Sandi

      I realize I’m late to comment on this, but here’s the ingredients in one of the Jamba Juice packs (taken from their website) – Mangos, strawberries, peaches, water, nonfat yogurt (cultured pasteurized fat free milk, fat free milk solids), passion fruit juice, sugar, contains less than 2% of: ascorbic acid, modified corn starch, natural flavor, skim milk, steviol glycosides, xanthan gum

      Full of fruit, sure, but also sugar, juice (basically sugar), corn starch, natural flavor (google “castoreum” – ick!) steviol glycosides (what???). Definitely not real food ingredients.

      Just make your own and add natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, etc) if you need it. I also like to freeze the yogurt, the fruit, everything! I like my smoothies REALLY thick.

  • KellyB

    Cleaning reuse able straws: there’s something
    Like a skinny bottle brush that does the trick for
    Me. I use the Tervis cup that has a bigger, corrugated
    Straw, and this skinny brush does the trick.
    Try that!! :)

  • MAC

    We buy frozen fruit, store brand, when it’s on sale and have an absurd selection for mix n match smoothies. We do 1 c yogurt (plain or vanilla), and about 0.5 c milk, then 1c frozen fruit and blend.

    Any time it’s tart berries and plain yogurt, a half banana sweetens it right up.

    Favorites: peach, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, banana.

    Unfavorites: pineapple — reacts poorly with yogurt if stored

    There are nights we only get the kids (3 & 1) to eat smoothie and fruit. Well… Not so bad…

    • Kay

      I have a kid that just doesn’t eat many greens…so he gets those in his smoothie or even “ice-cream” which is frozen fruit, milk and a handful of spinach. He thinks he is getting some wonderful ice cream and only we know there are greens in there.

  • What a fantastic idea! Definitely perfect for a time poor sleep deprived mother such as myself!

    I do a slight opposite at the moment that you may also like to try. Make extra smoothie and freeze leftovers as iceblocks. The kids love it (almost as much as I do…)

  • Teresa

    I’ve gotta say this article changed my life! I’ve been freezing my smoothie ingredients in bags ever since I read this and it has made my like so much easier! My husband and I drink smoothies every day so I package up 10-15 bags in the freezer, ready to go. Just add water. Thank you so much for the idea!!!!!!!!!

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