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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391 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. Jamie Lohman 7.6.2015 at 6:56 pm #

    SO going to start prepping ahead, so that when I go back to work in Sept. I can still do this.
    I am hooked! Loving how I feel.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.6.2015 at 8:15 pm #

      You’re a rawkstar, Jamie!!

  2. D 7.6.2015 at 6:50 am #

    Hi! I am REALLY REALLY new to this…like I haven’t blended my first smoothie yet (I will be today)! These smoothies are for 2 servings. Dumb question, but should we drink the whole thing (both servings) throughout the day? :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.6.2015 at 12:52 pm #

      Hi D,

      WELCOME! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! And not a dumb question at all…it’s really all about what works for you. Personally I love blendin’ the entire recipe, I use the first serving as a breakfast meal replacement (http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement) and then I place the second serving in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the refrigerator to have as a quick healthy snack option later in the day. If I don’t enjoy my second serving, I add a little bit of lemon juice and keep the blended smoothie for up to two days (separation is natural, so just give it a quick shake before enjoying). If I know I won’t have the second serving, I just cut the recipe in half.

      You can use your smoothie as a quick snack like I do any time of day, or as a meal replacement for any meal. Just know when enjoying your smoothie at night, it gives you a great energy boost, similar to a cup of coffee!

      And if you’re new to green smoothies, check out our favorite recipe for those new to blendin’ leafy greens…Beginner’s Luck!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/beginners-luck

      Please reach out with any questions, we’re always here!

      Cheers!

  3. Glenda 7.3.2015 at 10:32 pm #

    Love the idea of prep-ing – why didn’t I think of that. I have recipes,ingredients and the machine, but when it is time to work my plan, I just fall because I don’t have time or desirous to put the plan in action. Thank you from a lazy juicer. Now, I can prepare ahead of time and just put everything in the machine – THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Now I can actively join the 30 day challenge and complete it.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.6.2015 at 4:15 am #

      Hi Glenda,

      We’re so excited to hear this will help you be successful in our 30-Day Challenge! Thanks for blendin’ with us!

      Cheers :)

  4. Kristi 7.1.2015 at 8:10 pm #

    Please help! I am new to green smoothies. I was very adventurous and bought, pre made and froze all of the recipes in the recent email. Not realizing, I placed kale with stems in the blender and not blending them well has left my smoothies gritty/leafy. I continued on with my quest of making smoothies. They are now all made and frozen. This has led to my concern of eating the smoothies rather than drinking them to their full enjoyment. In order to fix this epic mistake, should I let them defrost and blend again or adding something like more liquid then blending is better ? Thanks in advance!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.2.2015 at 4:37 am #

      Hi Kristi,

      Cheers to being adventurous! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Re-blendin’ and adding more liquid are both great options to help breakdown those kale stems. Here are a few more tips on how to save a smoothie fail…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-fails

  5. Jules 7.1.2015 at 11:29 am #

    I am curious if I can use a juicer? Or can I just use any kind of blender? I can’t really afford a Vitamix right now.

    • lindsay 7.1.2015 at 1:53 pm #

      I have a nutri-ninja bullet. It costs much less than a full blender, you could even use a regular blender. The problem with juicers is that you aren’t getting all the vitamins from the skins etc. that your body needs. There is a lot of nutrition left over in that pale you have to dump. I hope this helps! FYI I don’t know where you are located but Walmart just had the ninja blender things for only 40.00 :) as of two days ago

      • SGS Rawkstar 7.2.2015 at 4:31 am #

        Great answer, Lindsay! Thank you so much for your support!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.2.2015 at 4:30 am #

      Hi Jules,

      We’re green smoothie lovers, and while we haven’t juiced our recipes, we think they would be mighty tasty! You will be missing all of the delicious fiber in our smoothie recipes!

      Interested in the difference between juicing + blendin’?

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/juicing-vs-blending-whats-the-difference

      Before we made the upgrade to Vitamix and Blendtec (which took a year), we rawked out with our basic blenders. They did what we needed them too— and for a really good price. Finding an affordable blender that works great and has a long life is possible! And this list is just a sampling of them…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/product-reviews/cheap-blender

      Here are our tips for blendin’…

      1. Tightly pack 2 cups of leafy greens in a measuring cup and then toss into blender.
      2. Add 2 cups of water and blend together until all leafy chunks are gone.
      3. Add 3 cups of fruit and blend again until smooth.
      4. Pour into a mason jar (or cute cup of your choice).
      5. Gulp or sip like a rawkstar!

  6. Amanda 6.30.2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Hi I’m new to green smoothies but can’t wait to try them! I love the idea of prepping beforehand but was wondering if you have to freeze them? Could they be stored in the fridge instead and if so how long before they should be used (to be blended and already blended ones to be consumed)?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.30.2015 at 7:50 pm #

      Hi Amanda,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Blended green smoothies will keep in the fridge for up to two days in an airtight container. We suggest adding a small amount of lemon juice to help preserve their green goodness! Separation is natural, so give you smoothie a quick shake before enjoying!

      If you’re not planning on freezing your prepped smoothies, we suggest keeping your ingredients separate, it will help them last longer, than mixing the greens + fruits ahead of time.

      Cheers :)

  7. Kristie 6.20.2015 at 9:27 am #

    Hello, great info BTW, thank you! I was wondering what blender you use that fits the mason jars??

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.22.2015 at 4:39 am #

      Hi Kristie,

      We use a 32oz mason jar to store our smoothie ingredients before blendin’, but we pour it’s contents into a blender to mix it all up. We’ve heard from some of our SGS tribe that they can attach their mason jar right on to the blender’s base…we suggest reaching out to the individual blender company to see if their blender is a safe + proper option.

  8. Susan 6.18.2015 at 11:37 am #

    Is the quart size 2 servings or one ?

    Thanks,
    Susan

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.19.2015 at 8:21 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for reaching out! Our recipes yield about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz), and we recommend one serving to be 2 cups (16oz). We find we’re able to fit a full recipe (about 2 servings) into the quart-sized jars and bags if we pack the greens tightly. If you’re having trouble fitting an entire recipe in the container, feel free to use less fruit or add a fresh banana when you blend it. :)

      Cheers!

  9. Dina 6.18.2015 at 10:11 am #

    I use a Smart Stick style Blender for my smoothies! I loosely fill a 16 oz cup with greens and add the liquid. Blend it up then add my frozen fruit and protein powder (I use “Unjury” recommended by my Dr. *21g protein per scoop). One more good blend and I’m done! Cleanup is a breeze with a cup of hot soapy water then a clean hot rinse. If I’m on the go then I can toss the cup (but I usually wash them and reuse them). Have a Smooth Day!
    You Are Amazing…Remember That!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.19.2015 at 8:15 am #

      Hi Dina!

      Thanks for reaching out. So happy to hear you found a blender and go-to smoothie combination that works for you! :)

      Cheers!

  10. Iris Nash 6.15.2015 at 2:20 pm #

    My interest in making smoothies ahead of time is due to not having a blender where I want to be consuming them, but do have a freezer. I wonder if the nutrient content is at all comparable when blended before hand and then stored in mason jars and frozen then thawed just before drinking. Any input on this method of premaking green drinks?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.16.2015 at 3:38 pm #

      Hi Iris!

      Thank you so much for reaching out! I have done some research on this and have found that there isn’t that much of a difference, from frozen to fresh. So feel free to do what works best for you! :) Give your green smoothie a nice shake before consuming!

  11. SmoothieNewbie 6.13.2015 at 8:18 pm #

    For weight loss I’ve been making smoothies with spinach, green apple, protein powder, juice from one lemon, ground flaxseed, and Gatorade for the liquid base. I pour the blended smoothie into the Gatorade bottles and freeze the bottles overnight. I hit the gym, bringing the frozen bottles. (One bottle of Gatorade results in 2 bottles of smoothie). I am doing intermittent fasting, so I wait until I finish the workout to drink the cold slushy smoothie. It helps me lose weight. It’s like a reward for dragging my lazy behind into the gym. Guess this isn’t good for everybody, but it’s working for me.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.15.2015 at 11:03 am #

      Hi SmoothieNewbie,

      Thank you so much for sharing! Simple Green Smoothies is all about finding what works for you, + we love hearing how our community incorporates green smoothies into their lifestyle. Rawk on!

      Have you tried adding coconut water to your smoothies? It’s like a natural sports drink!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

      Cheers :)

    • debbie 6.18.2015 at 8:45 am #

      can you recommend a good protein powder for the weight loss?

  12. Sarah 6.10.2015 at 5:49 am #

    When I start with all the ingredients frozen, I have found that I need to add more liquid to blend to a consistency I like. Definitely not a big deal, but just a tip for anyone trying this for the first time!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.10.2015 at 9:16 am #

      Great tip, Sarah!

  13. m 6.4.2015 at 4:38 am #

    I’m going shopping today and am excited to be starting the cleanse! How do you keep the bananas from browning while freezing? Have you tried coating them with lemon juice?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.4.2015 at 5:27 am #

      Hi M,

      Coating the bananas slices in lemon juice prior to freezing is a great way to prevent browning!

  14. Erin 5.24.2015 at 8:06 pm #

    Whoops! I guess I should’ve read the comment right before mine! Lol

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.25.2015 at 3:05 pm #

      Hi Erin,

      :)

  15. Erin 5.24.2015 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m loving your website! I like to prep anything ahead that I can and love your suggestion of mason jars.
    I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere so I thought I’d share a game-changer for preppers.
    THE BLADE/COLLAR FOR MOST BLENDERS FITS RIGHT ONTO A STANDARD MASON JAR! You can prep and blend all in one vessel!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.25.2015 at 3:04 pm #

      Hi Erin,

      That’s a great tip! We’re all about making the green smoothie life as easy as possible! Thanks for sharing! :)

  16. Kathirynne 5.21.2015 at 2:47 pm #

    If you prep all your smoothie ingredients (except for the liquid, which is added just before you blend it the smoothie) in regular mouth Mason jars (and then store the jars in the freezer), you can screw your blender blade onto the top of the jar and blend the smoothie right in the jar…and then drink it out of the jar. (fewer dishes to wash = happier me!)

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.22.2015 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Kathirynne,

      Great tip! Thank you so much for sharing!

      Cheers :)

  17. Danica 5.19.2015 at 9:10 am #

    Are you freezing the liquid base with the veggies/fruit or adding the liquid to the frozen stuff once you are ready to blend? Looks like you might add it in and not freeze it.. just wanting to clarify! Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.19.2015 at 3:03 pm #

      Hi Danica,

      Good question! We add our liquid base right when we’re ready to blend, and just freeze the fruits + leafy greens.

  18. suzie 5.15.2015 at 1:10 am #

    hi, I froze my green leafy vegetables once (straight from supermarket to freezer) and all gone bad (mushy and brown) the next day. Does it make a difference when it is lock in zipper bag or mason jar?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.15.2015 at 6:37 am #

      Hi Suzie,

      I’m so sorry to hear your leafy greens didn’t freeze well! When using ziploc bags make sure to remove as much air as possible from the bags when sealing closed. When using mason jars pack fruit and greens tightly into the jars and screw on the lids. Also, make sure there is plenty of air circulation around the bags or mason jars to ensure your leafy greens freeze as quickly as possible!

      Were your greens mushy in the freezer, or had you thawed them? If you thawed them, share how you thawed your leafy greens! We’d love to get to the bottom of this, and help you out!

  19. Angelee 5.13.2015 at 11:09 am #

    If I were to add flax seed oil and whey protein, how much would you recommend using for a two serving smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.13.2015 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Angelee,

      We haven’t used flax seed oil, so I would follow the serving size suggestion from the specific product you’re using. We suggest just one tablespoon of ground flaxseed or whole seeds to your smoothie for a subtle, nutty flavor with more than subtle nutrition. And 4 tbs of protein powder!

      Cheers :)

  20. Casey 5.2.2015 at 9:23 am #

    With greens like kale or collard greens with thick “spines” do you remove and just use leaves, or leave in and blend bones stems/spines ?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2015 at 7:48 pm #

      Hi Casey,

      Great question! Thick spines and stems can be tough on the blender, so we like to remove them before blendin’!

  21. Jenny 5.1.2015 at 12:43 am #

    I blend my spinach with half a cup of liquid and freeze it. I defrost it over night and just add fresh fruit and another half cup of liquid. Makes life a lot easier however, I wonder if the spinach looses any nutritional by doing that.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.1.2015 at 6:55 am #

      Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for sharing your routine! Freezing is a great way to preserve leafy greens + their nutritional benefits!

    • Reneigh 5.3.2015 at 7:31 pm #

      What ‘liquid’ are you using? Water? Just curious, because it seems most people say liquid and I want to know specifically. Thanks in advance!

  22. Esther Anders 4.23.2015 at 8:31 am #

    I made a week’s worth in around 30 min and put them all in freezer bags. I did freeze my spinach because over a weeks time it starts to go bad and loose more of the nutrients. So to not have to spend more on smaller packs or throw out any, I just put them in the bag as well; I also add kale. I do find though that they do take longer to blend when I do this (although the spinach goes in first and blends with no problem it’s that all the fruit is frozen so it takes longer), so I may just stick to pulling out what I would like for the day when I need it. I do enjoy smoothies, and found it’s helping cut down on sugar cravings, and my Acid reflex (since I add Pineapple)! That is a huge plus for me, and my skin color is improving. Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.23.2015 at 6:54 pm #

      Hi Esther,

      Sounds like you’re rawking the green smoothie lifestyle!

  23. amber 4.23.2015 at 7:21 am #

    i didnt know you could frreeze in the jars, dont they break?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.23.2015 at 6:53 pm #

      Hi Amber,

      We like to use the 32oz freezer safe mason jars, just to be safe!

      Cheers :)

      • Chris 4.26.2015 at 10:41 pm #

        I can’t find 32oz freezer safe jars anywhere. Where do you get them?

      • Wendy 5.24.2015 at 8:28 am #

        Do you use the 32 oz jars per recipe or per serving? If per serving,would the 16 oz jars be okay?

      • SGS Rawkstar 5.25.2015 at 3:07 pm #

        Hi Wendy,

        Yes, we use the 32oz jars to prep an entire recipe (2 servings), so the 16oz jars should be a great option if you’re only wanting to prepare 1 serving!

        Cheers :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.27.2015 at 6:47 am #

      Hi Chris,

      Kerr makes great 32oz freezer safe wide-mouthed jars! I love picking mine up from Sam’s Club.

      http://www.samsclub.com/sams/kerr-quart-wide-mouth-mason-jars-32oz-12-ct/prod3360481.ip

    • laurel 6.21.2015 at 4:58 pm #

      My favorite size of mason jars is the 24 oz wide mouth. The sides are completely straight, so the contents slide out even when frozen. And the size works, for me, as a single serving.

      • SGS Rawkstar 6.22.2015 at 7:45 pm #

        Thanks for sharing, Laurel!

  24. Liz 4.22.2015 at 6:42 pm #

    I find that if you move the freezer bag out of the freezer and into the fridge the night before, The fruit is a perfect consistency for blending. Also, I do not freeze the greens….how much time does it really take to grab the couple of handfuls from the container!?!

    Prepping is the best way to go for anyone on a tight morning schedule (OH, that is pretty much EVERYONE!!!)

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.22.2015 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Liz,

      Thanks for sharing your prepping tips! Cheers to peace, love + leafy greens! :)

  25. SR 4.22.2015 at 4:59 am #

    But you use almond milk in the Meal on the Go Green Smoothie. Do you no longer include almond milk in any of your recipes?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.22.2015 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi SR,

      We love almond milk! We’ve made the personal decision to avoid cow’s milk, but you need to find what works for you!

      Cheers :)

  26. Amy 4.19.2015 at 1:04 pm #

    I started drinking smoothies last summer and was doing great w/ them…then school started and i slacked off. i have a blender that i use and it does fine, but it was taking me too long to make them in the morning. i haven’t looked at your recipe cards and have a base that i always use (almond milk, spinach/kale, greek yogurt, oats, chia/flax seeds, 1/2 a banana) and to that i add about 2 c of various fruits. i was wondering about blending the spinach & milk together and keep it in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2015 at 8:24 am #

      Hi Amy,

      We’ve made the personal decision to not include dairy in our recipes, we’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Therefore, I’m sorry, but I’m not sure how using milk products will effect storing your smoothies!

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