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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236 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. kit taplin 1.26.2015 at 11:47 pm #

    When I try to blend 2 cups of frozen spinach mix (from Costco) with 2 cups of soy milk, the spinach freezes my mixture and turns it into a slushie that doesn’t blend well (it sticks to the sides of the blender).

    I have a ninja 1500w blender, and use the pitcher attachment.

    What are my other options?

    Also thank you so much, the first thing I saw online about green smoothies was your 60/40 ratio advice, and it truly is the key.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.27.2015 at 6:15 am #

      Hey Kit.

      Try using more liquid, or fresh leafy greens. It might be too cold, too fast and having a hard time blending.

  2. Natti 1.23.2015 at 1:38 am #

    I usually prep in advance using zip lock bags but sometimes if I’m running late I can’t blend then up. Is ok to blend my smoothies maybe 3 days at a time n then freeze them? That would be ideal to just grab n go.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.26.2015 at 5:07 pm #

      Yes, Natti! It’s totally fine. Grab and go is the best, isn’t it?? :)

  3. Barbara 1.18.2015 at 7:06 am #

    The bags with spinach are so big I wanted to freeze it, but I read that freezing raw spinach is not ok (Thats on dutch websites) what do you say about it? In your article you say to freeze it all together, ahead, and use in within 2-4 weeks.

  4. SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.15.2015 at 8:08 am #

    :) I love freezing bananas too. :) Enjoy your drink.

  5. Tia 1.9.2015 at 8:29 pm #

    Hi!! I just found this website and I’m obsessed!! I do have a question though..I had the idea of possibly blending all my greens and fruits together and putting the smoothie in freezer bags for meal prepping. That way I don’t even have to worry about blending them in the morning. In my ideal world I could do this weekly?? Is this a possible idea? Thanks! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.12.2015 at 11:47 am #

      This is such a great idea, Tia. And Yes! It’s totally possible. And we do this all the time. :)

  6. Madeline S. 1.8.2015 at 1:56 pm #

    I too am curious on the order in the mason jars. I know that for salad mason jars it’s recommended that the dressing is placed first. I noticed in the pictures that the bananas are in the middle and the greens are on top, is there a reason?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 5:18 pm #

      Hey Madeline.

      Yes. From trial and error. If the leafy greens are on bottom they get stuck. If you put the fruit on the bottom, it helps push the greens out. :)

  7. Diana Shirley 1.8.2015 at 5:36 am #

    I blend my greens with just enough water to liquify and then pour into ice cube trays and freeze, I add 2-3 cubes of greens to my smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.12.2015 at 11:45 am #

      Such a great tip, Diana! I totally use this one. :)

  8. Sharon 1.8.2015 at 4:31 am #

    Can anyone tell me roughly how many calories a smoothie is, generally made with water and a banana? Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 5:58 pm #

      Hey Sharon. Have you tried MyFitnessPal app? That’s the one I have used for years and enjoy it.

  9. MissChievousRN 1.4.2015 at 10:30 pm #

    Just bought my husband a Tribest Mason Jar Personal Blender PB-350 for Christmas
    Now I can prep and freezer in mason jars and he can pick one, blend, and go!! And it’s a one jar clean up too!

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 10:35 pm #

      Woohoo MissChievousRN!! That’s awesome and what a great Christmas present! :)

  10. Pam 1.4.2015 at 10:39 am #

    Do the bananas freeze well? I’m afraid they will have a less than desirable taste. THANK YOU!

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 10:36 pm #

      Yes! They freeze perfectly! I usually buy 2 bunches of bananas, wait for them to ripen and those that we don’t eat, just toss in a bag in the freezer and use them up in all my green smoothies. :)

  11. Ileana 1.3.2015 at 3:37 am #

    Yesterday I prepped out all the week #1 recipes and put them in the freezer; they were so beautiful and I took photos I was so proud of my mason jars…

    … and then today I read in one of your responses that you don’t recommend freezing citrus. Yikes! Do you have any recommendations for reconstituting frozen oranges and grapefruits while blending? Would it help to substitute some of the water in the week #1 recipes with juice?

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 10:38 pm #

      Hi Ileana! Congrats on all the prepping. It helps out so much in my house. You should totally post your pics on our Facebook wall!!

      As far as the citrus, don’t worry about it too much. You might just need to add in a bit more liquid or fruit to get it the right consistency/taste.

      Keep up the great work, rawkstar! :)

  12. Madison 1.2.2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Hey!
    I’m a Junior in high school and have a busy schedule. Being a teenager, I often find myself at odds when it comes to finding time to eat healthy. I almost never find time to eat breakfast in the morning and then the school lunch is absolutely atrocious so I miss two main meals o the day. My schedule is pretty right and right now I’m cramming for my upcoming EOC’s, ACT, and SAT. I came upon this website by chance, and have been wanting to try things out, but haven’t had the chance to try any smoothies yet! I am a die-hard sweets fan and am obsessed with sugar. I’m also trying to break that habit. Reading this article has made me so happy that I can prepare ahead of time and just toss into the blender!
    I do have one question, though.
    Do I need to still blend the greens first, then add the fruits if they are both frozen? I don’t have a very high-powered blender so I was just curious!
    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.2.2015 at 7:32 pm #

      Hey Madison!

      Thanks so much for joining us! You can throw your leafy green in with your fruit. :) Let it thaw for a few minutes and then it should pop right out. Make sure you are using freeze baggies or freeze safe wide mouth mason jars. :)

      • Madison 1.2.2015 at 8:38 pm #

        Thanks! I’m using the quart-sized Glad Freezer Bags!
        I live with my grandmother and she cans veggies and fruits so we have more than enough Mason jars on hand!

  13. Adrienne 12.30.2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Maybe I shouldn’t be worrying about it, but what is the average calorie count on a green smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.30.2014 at 7:09 pm #

      Hi Adrienne.

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

    • Amy 1.20.2015 at 1:16 pm #

      I have been using my fitness pal to calculate the calories and for 1 serving of each smoothie (most if not all are 2 servings per recipe) have averages from 150-220 calories. I try not to obsess over the calories though because like SGS Rawkstar Jessie said they’re healthy calories!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:33 am #

        Thanks, Amy. :) Cheers to you both!

  14. Elba 12.30.2014 at 4:51 am #

    what time should make green smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.30.2014 at 5:06 am #

      Hi Elba.

      Anytime is a good time to make green smoothies. Morning, Lunch, Dinner or a snack. Cheers!

    • Amy 1.20.2015 at 1:18 pm #

      I make the whole recipe which is normally two servings each morning then drink one at breakfast and one for lunch or a snack later on,

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:36 am #

        Great idea! :)

  15. Jenny 12.28.2014 at 6:55 am #

    Hi, I’m new to this smoothie business!
    Freezing sounds like an ideal solution to me for saving time, but how long is it safe to leave the fruit and veg in the freezer for before they are bad to consume? Thanks! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 9:59 am #

      Hi Jenny.

      Thanks for the comment. What type of container will you be using? I know most containers suggest 3-6 months.

  16. adam 12.19.2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I place my fruits in plastic containers in the freezer or zip lock bags.
    Mason Jars take up too much space in the freezer. I store my greens in a big ziploc bag and grab as needed.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.19.2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Great tip for saving freezer space.

  17. Micasha 12.14.2014 at 5:29 am #

    Hi
    I’ve been using frozen fruits most of the time. Am I getting the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruits?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 7:12 am #

      Hey Micasha.

      Fresh is best, but frozen is a close second. We love added frozen for the chill factor.

  18. cindy 12.11.2014 at 10:28 am #

    I prep in regular mouth pint mason jars 1 serving (1/2 recipe)
    When ready to use take off top, add liquid, screw on Oster blender blade to mason jar. Blend and drink from jar. Less clean up.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 at 7:12 am #

      RAWESOME! Love that!

  19. Christine 12.6.2014 at 11:01 am #

    Do the greens still blend okay mixed with everything? Or do you still recommend blending the greens and liquid together first then the fruit?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.8.2014 at 9:26 am #

      Hey Christine.

      Great question. When everything is frozen, just add the liquid and blend. Cheers. :)

      • Lori 1.3.2015 at 7:10 pm #

        My blender does NOT like everything frozen so I just let the bag rest on the counter or soak in water. Then I blend greens with liquids first. I don’t have a fancy blender so this works well for me.

      • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 10:56 pm #

        Great tip, Lori! :)

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