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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434 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. Katy 9.1.2015 at 10:37 am #

    Hi! So excited to start my journey with smoothies. I just have a question. If I am prepping for the week is it okay to have my smoothie packs in the fridge or do they need to be frozen?

    Thanks in advance!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2015 at 5:50 am #

      Hi Kathy,

      Great question! To prevent your leafy greens from wilting or any of your fruits from going bad before you’re ready to blend, we suggest freezing smoothie packs until you’re ready!! Just let them sit on the counter for a few minutes before blendin’, so your ingredients pour easily into your blender.

      Cheers!!

  2. Chica Cali 9.1.2015 at 9:17 am #

    Hello,
    I was just diagnosed with pre diabetes and I need to incorporate more greens what Cain of smoothie would be good for me

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2015 at 5:47 am #

      Hi Chica Cali,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Green smoothies are a great way to add leafy greens to your diet! But, since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan.

      Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

      Hope that helps.

  3. Karen S 8.28.2015 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi!!
    First thanks so much for doing what you do!! I’m a teacher so was very excited to do your challenge in July!! I feel great!!! I even splurged on a vitamix!! Woo hoo! Going back to work I’ve experimented with the freezer pack smoothies…(as I will be making them in the morning for lunch and breakfast– they’re so filling!) I am finding that the fruit is freezing together like a rock making it difficult for even the vitamix to blend easily– I have to tamper away and end up needing a lot more liquid– if I take out the freezer pack the night before and put it in the fridge does it matter if the greens defrost some? I’m trying to figure out how I can do this in one quick step with minimal effort… Let’s just say I’m not a morning person– but always feel much better after the smoothie!!! Thanks again ladies!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.31.2015 at 6:28 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us + love that your finding ways to make your mornings SIMPLE + nutritious. Finding your fruit freezing together? Are you using fresh fruit in your smoothie prep kits? If so, 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.

      Hope this helps! And we hope you have a wonderful school year!

      Cheers :)

  4. Laura 8.27.2015 at 7:27 am #

    Hi!
    Can you tell me the size of those mason jars used in the pictures above? How many oz do they hold?
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.27.2015 at 12:39 pm #

      Hi Laura,

      Great question! The jars pictured above are Kerr’s 32oz freezer safe mason jars. They’re perfect for prepping as they fit two servings perfectly!

      Cheers :)

      • Laura 8.27.2015 at 12:43 pm #

        Thank you!! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.28.2015 at 7:09 am #

      You’re so welcome, Laura!

  5. thisbpie 8.26.2015 at 5:53 am #

    Can you substitute raw Brussel Sprouts for some of the greens? or should they be cooked?

    • thisbpie 8.26.2015 at 5:55 am #

      Also wanted to say I am starting today with this next step in my Lifestyle change. This seems like a great way to add some veggies for the nutritional value.

      • SGS Rawkstar 8.26.2015 at 5:35 pm #

        Hi Thisbpie,

        We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! We love experimenting with new vegetables, brussel sprouts sound like a great addition. We suggest trying raw + cooked, and start small initially, then add more as you enjoy the added flavor!

        Cheers :)

  6. Jeannie 8.23.2015 at 12:21 am #

    Hi. I was wondering if anyone ever tried freezing the smoothie in the actual blender bottle with the little blender ball already in it? I make 5-6 smoothies every night for five people in the morning and usually just put them in the fridge. It would be so much easier to make enough for at least 3 days and freeze them. Do you think they would be okay since the blender bottles are not air tight like a freezer bag? Thanks in advance for any tips!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.24.2015 at 5:33 pm #

      Hi Jeannie,

      Great question! Blending + freezing green smoothies is a great way to make enjoying your green smoothies even easier! We suggest freezing in an airtight container like a Ziploc or freezer-safe mason jar…but it’s worth a try! Try one out + see how it works for you.

      Cheers :)

  7. Beth 8.17.2015 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi!
    I am not crazy about kale. Can I substitute spinach for it? Any suggestions on how to use kale to get used to the taste?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.18.2015 at 12:51 pm #

      Hi Beth,

      Not a fan of kale, no worries, substitute spinach or another leafy green you enjoy more! Or reach for baby kale, it has a mild flavor, but is still packed with the same nutrients as mature kale.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      Hope this helps!

  8. Kristine 8.14.2015 at 9:01 am #

    I LOVE these smoothies and got my husband hooked. We decided we wanted to lose some weight and get healthier so we have a delicious green smoothie with a protein every evening for supper and it’s working! Our kids love the smoothies too and I have even shared some recipes with my mother and sister and sent them your link so they can get on board for the next 30 day challenge. Thanks for the awesome recipes! Cannot wait for the book to come out!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.14.2015 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Kristine,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have your whole family blendin’ with us. What a great way to ensure your family is getting tons of nutrients, vitamins, + green goodness!

      Sending lots of love and leafy greens your way.

      Cheers :)

  9. Ellie 8.13.2015 at 1:10 pm #

    My question is “Chia seeds”. Will they be beneficial in the blender cuz aren’t they suppose to soak a bit b4 you use them? Thanks you gals are great

  10. Jenn 8.12.2015 at 4:41 am #

    Hi :)
    I have a quick question about the he quantity of greens… when the recipe call for 2 cups let’s say, should it be tightly or loosely packed? Or is that really more of a preference?
    Thanks so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.12.2015 at 7:06 am #

      Hi Jenn,

      Great question! We prefer to pack our leafy greens when measuring them, but then again, we can’t get enough!!

      Cheers :)

  11. ElsaMiquelaTregoat 8.3.2015 at 2:44 am #

    what is actually in the 21 day challenge or is it 31? I see its a cleanse. I’m living in Paris, France till the first week in September. I would like to get back to a healthy “me” as I have been really enjoying the delicious food here and though is not unhealthy too much of anything isn’t great. Thanks, Miquella

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.3.2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Hi Elsa,

      I have a sweet tooth, and couldn’t image the willpower it would take walking the streets of France with the smell of fresh pastries in the air. Interested in learning more about our FreshStart21 Cleanse…Our resident holistic nutritionist, Meg Thompson, recommends making cleansing a regular part of your health care regime to recharge and reset your body. Your body will love you for it!

      Cleanse your body with vegan friendly, detoxing recipes!

      Learn more by trying our Free 1-Day Cleanse Kit here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/1day

  12. Elizabeth 7.26.2015 at 12:38 pm #

    If slicing bananas ahead of time & placing in glass jars……won’t the banana pieces turn brown ?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.27.2015 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Great question! Yes, the bananas will brown, but they will taste delicious + their nutritional value will still be there! Want to try and prevent browning, coat your banana slices in lemon juice prior to freezing!

      Hope this helps!

  13. Melissa 7.20.2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Hi there, i just have a question about the freezing process.. I froze some kale (in a ziploc bag) and 3 days later is smelled/tasted terrible! What did i do wrong??

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.20.2015 at 6:10 pm #

      Hi Melissa,

      Oh no! Any chance your kale was past its prime prior to freezing? If your kale was fresh, make sure you dry your kale prior to placing it in the freezer. Any additional moisture can cause the kale to wilt, leaving your leaves soggy, instead of delicious!

  14. Mb 7.18.2015 at 9:25 am #

    I love your website too, and the BEST suggestion is to blend liquid with greens first. I have a simple drink blender, just 1 high and 1 low speed, and do not have a problem with chunks. I also blend after each added ingredient. So good!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.20.2015 at 6:05 pm #

      Hi Mb,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + blending with us! We love hearing from our community, so thank you for taking the time to let us know how our tips are working for you!

      Cheers :)

  15. Chris 7.17.2015 at 2:57 pm #

    I’m fairly new to using greens in my smoothies, but excited to start trying your recipes. I love kale, so started with that (curly kale). I use a nutribullet, but it’s leaving little chewy bits of kale. Any suggestions for getting a smoother consistency?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.17.2015 at 8:08 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us, thanks for reaching out! I just picked up a NutriBullet this week, and I absolutely love it! To help breakdown your leafy greens, we suggest blending your leafy greens + liquid base first, then add your remaining ingredients. Adding at least one frozen fruit will help breakdown any remaining pieces, as well. Hope these tips help, reach back out + let us know how these tips work for you!

      Cheers :)

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