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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328 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. meech 4.13.2015 at 4:47 pm #

    What size are the canning jars?

    • meech 4.13.2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Nevermind, I read it again, lol

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.14.2015 at 5:07 am #

      Hi Meech,

      Just in case, we love using the 20oz wide mouth freezer safe mason jars, as they are perfect for prepping! But any freezer safe jar or freezer bag will work!

      Cheers!

  2. Lindsay 4.4.2015 at 9:03 am #

    If you buy frozen fruits from the store, do you need to wash them before use?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Hi Lindsay,

      Frozen fruit from the grocery store should have already been washed prior to packaging by the company, so you’re all set to just go ahead and blend!

  3. Regina Collins 4.4.2015 at 7:51 am #

    I am joining today. Instead of a blender can I use my nutribullet?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Regina,

      Yes! We love the Nutribullet blender, especially when we travel!

  4. MIKE HOFFMAN 4.4.2015 at 5:49 am #

    Can the jars that spaghetti sauce comes in be used instead of the mason jars?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:25 pm #

      Hi Mike,

      Of course! That’s one of our favorite tips and money savers!

  5. Kathy 4.2.2015 at 7:43 am #

    Hi there tried the Orange Julius so far I was brave and doubled recipe to save a little time with blending. Not sure if it’s the Almond milk I will need to develope a taste for but im looking forward to trying different smoothies. I was adding 3-4 different fruits with spinach kale and arugulal

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.2.2015 at 8:04 pm #

      Hi Kathy,

      Our recipes are here to inspire you, so don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T. If you’re not a fan of almond milk, swap it out for another liquid base. Here are some of our favorites:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  6. Kathryn 4.1.2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Do I need to pick the stems off the spinach?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.2.2015 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Kathryn,

      We love to blend ALL of the spinach, stems + all!

  7. Aleia 4.1.2015 at 2:12 pm #

    Hey! I’m stoked to be starting this challenge, just packing up some smoothies for the week in freezer bags now. I don’t know what to do with the oranges though, should I treat them as a liquid and add them when I blend? Or peel them and freeze them in the bag in individual wedges? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.2.2015 at 8:02 pm #

      Aleia,

      Thank you so much for joining the challenge and reaching out! I think the answer to your question depends on the type of blender you have. If you have a really powerful blender like a Blendtec or Vitamix, I would freeze the oranges with your other ingredients. If you have an older model like me, my blender sometimes has trouble with all of the pulp and seeds that come with oranges, so I like to blend my oranges with my liquid base prior to adding any remaining ingredients to ensure I’m left with a smooth delicious smoothie!

      Hope that helps!

  8. Kathy 3.31.2015 at 8:17 am #

    Hi! I started using green smoothies as my breakfast about 3 weeks ago after a friend turned me on to your Facebook page. I am joining in the 30 day challenge this month too – I really have noticed a difference in how much energy I have during the day!
    I travel for business and would like to freeze smoothies ahead of time and take with me on my trips. Can I freeze them in mason jars without the jars breaking?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.31.2015 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Kathy,

      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 after a good shake, the smoothies will still be fine to consume. I would suggest using freezer safe mason jars to ensure there’s no chance of breaking, we love using the 20oz wide mouth freezer safe jars!

      Cheers :)

  9. Joyful 3.31.2015 at 6:29 am #

    Hi all,
    So happy to be a part of this challenge. Thanks to Jadeh & Jen and all the Rawkstar folks who help with the questions. Starting this challenge with a dear friend and coworker of mine and couldn’t be more excited!!!
    But we do have a Sceptic in our office who told us that blending fruits and veggies takes away alot of the nutrients, well honestly that makes NO sense to me but I just felt I need to ask? (sorry if it sounds stupid but….. Thanks in advance :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.31.2015 at 12:32 pm #

      Hi Joyful,

      We love blendin’ with our friends and co-workers and are so excited that you will be joining us for the April 30-day challenge! Blending is a great way to give your body incredible nutrients.

      I believe that Dr. Mercola says that people shouldn’t blend because all the nutrients are lost within 15 seconds, or something like that. We do believe that nutrients begin to “go away” and oxalate, but we don’t believe this happens in 15 seconds. Our stance is that green smoothies stay good for you for up to two days, as long as they are in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

  10. Candace 3.30.2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Sorry don’t know if I overlooked the answer but what size mason jar do you recommend? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.31.2015 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi Candace,

      The 20oz wide mouth freezer safe mason jars are perfect for prepping! Cheers :)

  11. Shaniqua 3.30.2015 at 10:50 am #

    Hey guys. Just finished reading everyone’s comments. Thanks to all, they were very helpful. I’m a nurse, I travel, and have 2 jobs so finding out I can freeze my ingredients in advance was Awesome! I am so excited, I can’t wait to start. Only question is can I add flaxseed or Chia seeds to my smoothies?

  12. Tracey 3.30.2015 at 7:19 am #

    I am SO excited to start this challenge! I’ve been making these smoothies for about a week now. I’m replacing one meal with them. Im already feeling better and less bloated. This is the motivation that I need. Thanks!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 7:48 am #

      Tracey,

      That’s great to hear! Thank you so much for sharing! Cheers :)

  13. april 3.30.2015 at 6:20 am #

    I will be starting the green smoothie challenge and I’m very excited about it. I went out and bought all the ingredients needed yesterday and will prep tonight/tomorrow. i will let you all know how things go once i start.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 7:06 am #

      Hi April,

      We are so excited to have you blendin’ with us, and can’t wait to share some amazing recipes throughout the April challenge! Let us know if you have any questions along the way.

      Cheers :)

  14. laliya 3.29.2015 at 12:23 pm #

    Hiya! Shopping is done for me but I have a question. Is the challenge about drink in the smoothies that whole 30 days challenge? What do you suggest we should et for lunch and Dinner. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 7:09 am #

      Hi Laliya,

      This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for your is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

      Just by drinking green smoothies daily without even changing your regular diet, you are moving in the right direction towards healthy eating. We are not meal plan experts, but we suggest you eat real food that’s free of processed sugar and avoid ingredients that you can’t pronounce. My personal meal plan during the green smoothie diet will be paleo-inspired with lots of veggies and some seafood.

  15. Cyndi 3.28.2015 at 8:11 pm #

    Hi, I have a question about using regular mouth quart jars. Can I just screw that straight onto my blender to make the smoothies? I’ve seen it done for other drinks. Just curious if you’ve tried that and had success with it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.29.2015 at 10:33 am #

      Hey Cyndi,

      Thanks for the question. Some blenders have that ability, but others don’t . Which model do you have?

      • Cyndi 3.29.2015 at 2:23 pm #

        I have a Hamilton Beach. The regular mouth jars have the same thread spacing as the blender’s jar, so you can just screw the blender collar (with blade assembly) onto the canning jar instead of the blender jar. I’ve seen it for things like margaritas. Just curious if you’d tried it with the smoothies…

  16. Ashley 3.28.2015 at 4:44 pm #

    how many ounces should the canning jars be

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.29.2015 at 10:27 am #

      Hey Ashley,

      These jars are the freezer safe 20oz. :)

  17. Jay 3.28.2015 at 8:04 am #

    I was excited to read all these tips as it was a hassle trying to prep everyday! I decided to challenge myself to ‘green it up’ for 60 days, so I started this challenge when I first found this ahhmazing site; have been blending since March 2 so I am used to having my greens twice a day since then. My skin reflects the difference!! Thank you Jen and Jadah for creating this site, and to all the others for your comments! Makes it a lot easier knowing there are REAL people out there on the mission with you

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.28.2015 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Jay,

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! We hope you’ll include our 30-day challenge that starts on April 1 into your personal 60-day challenge. We have so many delicious recipes to share!!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge

      Keep it up Rawkstar!! :)

  18. Brenda 3.27.2015 at 6:16 pm #

    Can you use frozen spinach instead of fresh when making these up ahead of time???

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.28.2015 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Brenda,

      We always believe fresh is best, and have heard that using frozen spinach from the grocery aisle doesn’t always result in the best tasting smoothie. Here is our favorite way to freeze leafy greens to help prevent waste and help out wallets!

      You just need to rinse them, pat them dry, and place them in an air tight bag in the freezer. This will keep your leafy greens fresh for months!

    • robyn 3.29.2015 at 6:38 pm #

      I buy fresh kale, spinach etc and freeze. I put in blender frozen. I only let my fruit sit out for a little while and thaw. Works and tastes great!
      New to smoothies, ready snd prepped for April challenge

  19. Barb 3.27.2015 at 11:56 am #

    I did this for the first time. I did not add any liquid. Just checking if I am reading directions correctly. I used mason jars.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.27.2015 at 1:36 pm #

      Barb,

      Sounds perfect to me! Let us know how it works for you! Cheers!

  20. Lindsay 3.27.2015 at 6:53 am #

    I just love the freaking kale out of you guys!!!! I have unsubscribed from SO many sites because they never stay intouch like they say they will. I have never personaly left a comment or emailed you guys, maybe its all the fruits making me that annoying happy morning person haha, but reading everyone’s comments and feedback and your guys response is so awesome!! So just thanks for all the help and motivation you give me.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.27.2015 at 1:33 pm #

      Lindsay,

      KALE YEAH! Thank you so much for your sweet note, we are so happy to have you blendin’ with us! And we’re very excited that all of the good fruits + greens you’re getting made you happy enough to message us this morning! Keep the messages up, we love hearing from you! Cheers :)

  21. Melissa 3.26.2015 at 9:57 pm #

    I started freezing everything this week and it’s been less than desirable. I was told to let my bag sit in the fridge over night to blast in the morning. Just hasn’t been as good as blasting fresh but I’d love to prep better. Any suggestions? Something I might be doing wrong? I measure everything out and then put it in a ziploc bag, let out as much air as possible then freeze. Thanks for the help if you can. Can’t wait for the start of the challenge.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.27.2015 at 4:49 am #

      Hi Melissa,

      You only need to thaw in the fridge overnight if you’re pre-blending your smoothies. Don’t pack too tightly together. There should be some air circulation. That will help the contents to freeze quickly. Before blending, thaw for a few minutes on the counter or in warm water, just to allow the greens and fruits to come out of the jar/bag easier.

      Please let us know if this helps your results! Cheers!

      • Melissa 3.28.2015 at 5:19 pm #

        Thank you! I’m going to try blending the smoothies and freezing them in advance. I only prep five at a time so hopefully it’ll work! Thanks for the advice and can’t wait for the challenge to start!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.29.2015 at 10:28 am #

        Happy to help. :)

  22. Gail 3.26.2015 at 6:29 pm #

    You can also blend the spinach with water to a smooth consistency and place in muffin tins (sprayed to keep from sticking) and freeze and then place the little pucks in a baggie. I put one in the blender and let it sit a little bit to thaw then add water and blend and then add the fruit. I use frozen fruit that I let thaw in the fridge overnight so my smoothie isn’t as thick.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Gail,

      Thank you so much for the great tip!

  23. Lana 3.26.2015 at 3:43 pm #

    I did not know the glass mason jars could be frozen. So glad to find that out. And that the greens could be too and last that long. I’ve thrown out sooo much spoiled produce. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Hi Lana,

      We hope that prepping and freezing will help you prevent any spoiled produce + be easier on the wallet. Just make sure your mason jars are freezer safe!

  24. tiana 3.26.2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Can I buy frozen fruit or does it have to be fresh? Does frozen fruit have more sugars and bad stuff in them?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:27 pm #

      Hi Tiana,

      Of course you can add frozen fruit! Personally, we like to use at least one frozen fruit to keep our smoothies cold. If you like a chilled green smoothie too, but are using purely fresh ingredients, you could always add 6-8 ice cubes in your blender.

  25. laliya 3.26.2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Hiya, Thank you for the tip! Cant wait to get started!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:22 pm #

      We’re so happy to have you blendin’ with us!

  26. Lauren 3.24.2015 at 4:50 pm #

    Is freezing spinach okay to do? Doing that seems weird.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.24.2015 at 6:56 pm #

      Hi Lauren,

      Freezing leafy greens is a great way to keep them from going bad! If you’re just freezing leafy greens and not prepping a smoothie, we suggest you rinse them, pat them dry, and place them in an air tight bag in the freezer. This will keep your leafy greens fresh for months, and your wallet happy!

  27. Elizabeth 3.23.2015 at 11:08 am #

    I’ve heard that preparing them too much in advance of consuming them lowers the nutrient content. Is this not the case if you’re freezing everything? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.24.2015 at 6:01 am #

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Freezing the smoothie ingredients will help preserve the fruit, veggies, + leafy greens until you’re ready to blend, as well as, keep them at their peak nutrition level! :)

  28. Michael 3.20.2015 at 3:38 pm #

    This is an amazing idea. I can’t wait to get this done for next week. I started making baggies of my greens and freezing them. I just grab a bag of my mixed greens from the freezer (spinach, beet tops and kale) and this has stopped any wasted greens ever again. I only have to buy greens twice a month now.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.23.2015 at 9:03 am #

      Hi Michael,

      We’re so happy to hear how freezing your greens has helped your green smoothies and prevent waste!

  29. Deb 3.20.2015 at 10:13 am #

    Hi. What are your thoughts on using a food saver (the vacuum sealer kind) to freeze smoothie ingredients?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.23.2015 at 9:01 am #

      Hi Deb,

      While I haven’t used a food saver before, I think it would be a great way to help freeze your smoothie ingredients! Please let us know how it works for you! Cheers :)

  30. Eleonora 3.16.2015 at 1:54 pm #

    Hi.;-) which is the best way to prep spinach to freeze? Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.17.2015 at 5:07 am #

      Hey Eleonora,

      Thanks for reaching out. We love to make sure our greens are washed, then we toss them in with all of our other fruits, right into our storage container for freezing. :)

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