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?
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Make Ahead Smoothies (2 Ways)
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 3/4 cup mango diced, and fresh or frozen
- 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
- 3/4 cup peaches diced or sliced, fresh or frozen
- 2 cups 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, 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 dairy-free smoothie, sub water for the milk.
* For a nut-free smoothie, sub sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.