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).
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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 nut-free smoothie, sub sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.