Make Ahead Smoothie Prep

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Are you ready to RAWK your green smoothie world a little more? The next step to adopt on your road to leafy green health and happiness is making your daily smoothies ahead of time. Prepping your smoothies shaves off precious extra minutes in your morning routine, plus it puts the kibosh on any other excuses that stand in the way of you sipping on some healthy green goodness.

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Prepping my smoothies in advance really does help me save time in the morning. I love not having to think about cutting up fruit or accidentally running out of smoothie ingredients. I love pulling out my recipe cards and getting to work prepping smoothies for the week (or month!) and the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to do.

Let’s get started!

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Step 1: Have your ingredients and supplies ready.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-green smoothie recipe cards
-measuring cups
-quart bags or canning jars (regular or wide-mouth)
-marker
-fruit and leafy greens

Make sure the leafy greens are washed, spun or patted dry, and ready to go.

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Step 2: Slice or cut fruit into chunks.

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Step 3: Label bag and jar lids with name and date.

Be specific. You might also want to include how much of which liquid gets blended with each smoothie pack. (I keep my recipe cards handy for this purpose also.)

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Step 4: Measure out the ingredients and pack into jars or bags.

Remove as much air as possible from bags when sealing closed. Pack fruit and greens tightly into the jars and screw on the lids.

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Step 5: Place in freezer.

Don’t pack too tightly together. There should be some air circulation. That will help the contents to freeze quickly.
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More Green Smoothie Prep tips:


    • Cut fruit into smaller pieces and freeze ahead of time on lined baking sheets or use packaged frozen fruit. This will help keep the fruit and leafy greens from freezing together in a large clump and the smoothies will blend more easily.

 

    • Before blending, thaw for a few minutes on the counter or in warm water. The fruit and greens will come out of the jar/bag easier too.

 

    • Store greens and fruit separately, if desired. Pack washed and dried greens tightly into freezer bags or jars. Due to the nature of the freezing process, you will need to measure out slightly less frozen greens than fresh.

 

    • Smoothie packs will keep for several months in the freezer, but are the very best quality when used within 2-4 weeks.

 

    • If hoar frost forms on the fruit and greens, it is still perfectly safe to consume. It can be rinsed off with lukewarm water.

 

    • Store smoothie packs away from foods with strong odors. Glass jars offer the best protection against odors.

 

  • Smoothies can be blended and then frozen until ready to use. Just defrost them in the fridge the night before you are ready to use. Some separation might occur, but the smoothies will still be fine to consume.

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602 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. Kim 4.29.2016 at 9:24 am #

    How do you measure out 2 cups of spinach (or other greens) without using a scale? And how do you translate the recipe cards when it says “2 cups of fruit” if I am using frozen fruit?

    Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2016 at 9:21 am #

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for reaching out! Blending with frozen fruit? No worries! Frozen fruit measures the same as fresh fruit. Wondering how to measure your leafy greens? We use a dry measuring cup. Without a scale or dry measuring cup, a cup of leafy greens is equal to a very large handful.

      You may also be interested in checking out our Rawkstar Conversion Guide for more measuring advice…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/conversion-guide

  2. Ashley 4.20.2016 at 1:01 pm #

    I am trying to figure out the best way to take a smoothie to work for lunch. If i blend, then freeze and put in the refrigerator the night before, can I put back into the fridge until lunch? Or will it be watered down?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.21.2016 at 7:10 am #

      Hi Ashley,

      Taking your green smoothie to work is super simple! Our recipes will keep in your refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days. Adding a small amount of lemon juice will help preserve all of their green goodness. So simply blend the night before or morning of and place your smoothie in the refrigerator once you arrive to work. Notice any separation? No worries! Our recipes are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers, so simply give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying!

      Hope this helps!

  3. Katy 4.19.2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Hi – I didn’t see this question in the comments, but as you’ve many a question, I may have overlooked it. :)
    Do you use an acid on your bananas before freezing them?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2016 at 8:16 am #

      Hi Katy,

      Great question! That’s completely optional. Want to help prevent browning, simply toss your banana slices in lemon juice prior to freezing. But don’t worry if you notice browning, the taste + texture will still be there!

      Cheers!

  4. NICKIA 4.14.2016 at 6:37 am #

    Would I be able to blend the smoothies and then freeze? What should I freeze it in for a weeks worth?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.14.2016 at 8:44 am #

      Hi Nickia,

      Great question! You can definitely freeze your pre-blended green smoothies. A freezer safe mason jar or freezer safe container is perfect! Simply thaw your green smoothie in the refrigerator overnight when you’re ready to enjoy. Adding a small amount of lemon juice will help preserve all of your smoothie’s green goodness! And just a FYI…separation is completely natural. So give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying.

      Cheers!

  5. Margaret O'Neill 4.11.2016 at 10:39 am #

    What role does grapefruit seed extract play in the produce wash recipe, and is it necessary? Van I just use vinegar and water?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.11.2016 at 10:56 am #

      Hi Margaret,

      Great question! We love adding grapeseed essential oil to our Homemade Produce Wash because of its antimicrobial properties, meaning it helps kill off any bacteria or yucky stuff that may be hanging out on our favorite veggies + leafy greens. Don’t have it on hand? No worries! The vinegar + lemon will still do a great job of cleansing!

      Cheers!

  6. Kate 4.6.2016 at 5:59 pm #

    If I pre-pack my smoothie bags for 5 days, will they last in the fridge or am i required to freeze them?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.7.2016 at 7:23 am #

      Hi Kate,

      Great question! We suggest freezing your smoothie packs. Then simply allow them to sit on the counter for a few minutes prior to blending. This will ensure everything transfers easily into your blender!

      Cheers!

    • Marcia 4.11.2016 at 7:31 am #

      New to trying to eat well! Going to try the challenge! I’m so excited!

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.11.2016 at 8:27 am #

        Thanks for blendin’ with us, Marcia! Reach out with any questions! :)

  7. Cindy 4.4.2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I am very new to the smoothies and green drinks.
    Can they be completely made (juiced) and then put in the freezer for a later time?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.5.2016 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Cindy,

      Of course! Our pre-blended recipes will keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to two days, or in your freezer for 2-4 weeks.

      Just allow your frozen pre-blended smoothie to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. And separation is completely natural (as our recipes don’t have any yucky additives), so simply give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying!

      Cheers!

  8. Amy 4.3.2016 at 10:06 am #

    Hi all,
    Thank you for providing this challenge. My husband and I have been wanting to learn how to eat healthier for a long time now.We dabble in it a little here and there but with our busy schedules it’s been very hard to stay consistent and find recipes that we really like and that aren’t too complicated. My husband has been making us green smoothies everyday since I’ve been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Sometimes he nails it and they are perfect, other times I think he gets a little over zealous with all the ingredients are they are less palatable(he’s not a recipe follower). So we started this challenge a little late and I bought the recipe cards to help us stay on track. The pre prep instructions will be helpful as well. I’m looking forward to the next 30 days. My hubby just went out for the shopping list. Thanks again for your help to healthier eating habits.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.3.2016 at 8:07 pm #

      Hi Amy,

      We’re so excited to have you + your husband blending with us! We hope our recipes provide you with the right guidance to keep on blending long after our challenge ends.

      We’re so sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis + sending you plenty of healing vibes and warm hugs! You may be interested in reading about another couple’s blending story. Check out Amanda and Matt’s story here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/why-i-blend/matt-and-amanda

  9. AVRIL LAKE 4.2.2016 at 5:28 pm #

    So just two smoothies what else during the day?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.3.2016 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Avril,

      Great question! Our #1 goal for you is to add one (16oz) green smoothie to your day in addition to your regular diet. During the 30-Day Challenge we try to eat as clean as possible with a whole food-veggie packed diet. Jen + Jadah are both pescatarians so salmon is a great addition for an added protein boost! Looking for meal inspiration? Check out our Let’s Eat Meal Plan…

      http://shop.simplegreensmoothies.com/products/lets-eat

      Interested in using your green smoothie as a meal replacement? We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  10. Sharon 4.2.2016 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Guys! I’m so happy to have started this challenge, I’m looking forward to this newfound healthier lifestyle. You guys definitely ROCK!!!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.3.2016 at 8:00 pm #

      Hi Sharon,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us!! Keep us updated throughout the challenge! :)

  11. Missy 4.2.2016 at 10:03 am #

    How many ounces is a serving? I’m doing the challenge with a friend. I’d like to buy ball jars to store the smoothies in single servings so I can take her a weeks worth of smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.2.2016 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Missy,

      Great question! All of our recipes make two (16oz) green smoothie servings. A pint jar is the perfect container for storing your blended green smoothies!

  12. Tricia 4.2.2016 at 9:05 am #

    This prepping ahead really should eliminate my morning excuses!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.2.2016 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Tricia,

      It’s all about making healthy living easier + removing any obstacles!

      Cheers :)

  13. Dee 4.2.2016 at 5:02 am #

    I woke up this morning decided to live life a little different , so here goes !!! I’m all in,husband was prostate cancer, I have gut issues , what can we lose, but maybe a few pounds,and some unwanted health issues!!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.2.2016 at 5:58 am #

      Hi Dee,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! It’s all about taking one simple step! Keep us updated on your health + wellness journey! :)

  14. tammy 4.1.2016 at 11:08 pm #

    I see there is no protein do we add that? Is this meal replacement

  15. Amanda 4.1.2016 at 9:46 am #

    I just signed up today for the challenge after visiting your instagram page! I am so excited and got my husband on board too…I’m purchasing the recipe cards and will be headed to the store this evening so we can get started tomorrow morning! This is right on time and I am looking forward to making this a daily habit! (^_^)

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2016 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Amanda,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you + your husband blendin’ with us! Please keep us updated throughout the challenge on Facebook + Instagram!

      Cheers :)

  16. Joann 4.1.2016 at 7:09 am #

    This is my second 30 day challenge. I did the January challenge and I got hooked. Yeah !!! Looking forward to this challenge.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2016 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Joann,

      Wohooo!! We’re so excited to have you back + blendin’ with us for our April Challenge!

  17. Pavi 3.31.2016 at 10:38 pm #

    Starting the challenge !

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2016 at 9:32 am #

      Hi Pavi,

      YAY! Thanks for blendin’ with us!

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