Recipe: Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)

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.

 

4.7 from 7 reviews
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.
Notes
* For a dairy-free smoothie, sub water for the milk.
* For a nut-free smoothie, sub sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.

 

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  • Comments

    1. Jenny |

      Hi! These look great! I was wondering if you could freeze some greek yogurt along with the fruit and veggies?

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hello. I’ve never tried freezing yogurt for a smoothie. You do need to have some wet/unfrozen ingredients to get a drinkable smoothie consistency. :)

    2. Leslie |

      This is a great idea. I was wondering how long they would last just in the fridge. I was thinking of alternating these with my overnight oatmeals. Do you think I could make them on Sunday and they would still be good for wednesday and friday? Thank you!

      • Amy Taylor (comment moderator) |

        Hi Leslie. I wouldn’t store them in the fridge. They are best enjoyed freshly blended otherwise the texture can become unpleasant.

    3. chauncia johnson |

      Hi
      work 2jobs looking to change my eating habits and eat healthier .need more energy. …

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