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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282 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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! :)

  8. 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!

  9. 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 :)

  10. 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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