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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. Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions for preparing and freezing these make ahead smoothies with nutritious ingredients that freeze well for future use.
Making Smoothies Ahead of Time
This make ahead smoothie recipe lets you save time on a nutritious treat without sacrificing on flavor! Making smoothies ahead of time by freezing the blended ingredients for later cuts out on all of the prep work. That way, you can enjoy something fresh without having to fill the sink with dishes on your way out the door.
Do Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Lose Nutrients?
Almost always, frozen fruits and vegetables actually retain more of their nutritional value over time as opposed to their unfrozen counterparts. As long as you don’t blanch them before freezing, you won’t see any significant loss of nutrients during freezing unless they remain frozen for a year or more.
Why Don’t you Freeze the Bananas for this Recipe?
You can freeze bananas, but if you prefer them nicely ripened we’d recommend using fresh ones instead. Bananas are a bit trickier to freeze. If you’d prefer you can freeze bananas by removing the peel, slicing them and flash freezing before combining them with the other ingredients. (To do this, place sliced banana pieces on a wax paper lined metal baking tray in the freezer).
It takes a bit more prep, but you wouldn’t have to worry about keeping ripe bananas on hand!
3 Ways to Freeze Make Ahead Smoothie Ingredients
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.
- 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).
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