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.
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.
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- ¾ cup diced mango (fresh or frozen)
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- ¾ cup diced or sliced peaches (fresh or frozen)
- 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)
- 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.
- 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).
- Blend, serve and enjoy.
* For a nut-free smoothie, sub sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.