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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357 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. Erin 5.24.2015 at 8:06 pm #

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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 :)

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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 :)

  7. 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’!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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 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

  11. 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! :)

  12. 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 :)

  13. 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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