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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643 Responses to “Make Ahead Smoothie Prep”

  1. Jerri 8.20.2016 at 7:02 pm #

    I am on day 6 and loving it. At 54 I might have actually found something that works for me.
    I have diabetes and a few stents so eating healthy is something I need to learn and so far this has worked the best. I am not struggling to keep up with it. I felt so good the first time I drank it.
    My son in law and daughter got me a Ninja for Christmas and I tried other smoothies and that lasted a day or so. I could not stand the taste, but simple green is fabulous! Thank you so much.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.22.2016 at 7:35 am #

      Hi Jerri,

      Welcome! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Cheers to health, happiness + leafy greens!!

  2. Thonia 8.13.2016 at 6:57 am #

    This may sound silly but can you store prep items in a glass jar in the freezer?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.15.2016 at 7:53 am #

      Hi Thonia,

      Not a silly question at all! We suggest ensuring your jars are freezer safe prior to prepping. Not sure? You can also use sandwich bags like Ziploc.

  3. Bryan 8.10.2016 at 11:25 am #

    I just found out (@ 35 years old) that you can make vegetable smoothies taste good! And now I find you have already sped up and simplified what I was going to do next…thanks for the help. Now that I can make these things taste DESIREABLE to me I can drink these in place of whole meals and never get that “still hungry” feeling!

    My choice of seasoning is usually copious amounts of worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, pepper, and garlic, but I’m a guy so that’s how I season everything I eat. 😛

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.10.2016 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Bryan,

      We’re so happy we can help make adding green smoothies to your diet simple + easy! Using your green smoothie as a meal replacement? We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Cheers!

  4. Theodora 8.9.2016 at 10:51 am #

    Can’t wait to get started, is store bought frozen fruit okay to use?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.9.2016 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi Theodora,

      Of course! We actually suggest blending with at least one frozen fruit to ensure your green smoothie is chilled to perfection.

      And using frozen fruit when prepping your green smoothie ensures nothing sticks together, and that it pours perfectly into your blender.

      Cheers!

  5. sara 7.11.2016 at 4:22 am #

    Hi, i have a question can we add oatmeal to the smoothies? Also,is this a meal or you can have this with a meal… Am so excited!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.11.2016 at 5:57 pm #

      Hi Sara!

      Thanks so much for reaching out! You can absolutely use oatmeal in your smoothies :). If you’re using your smoothie as a meal replacement, we recommend adding some healthy fat + protein (oatmeal + almond butter is one of our fav combos!). Here are some other healthy fat + protein options you may enjoy :).

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  6. Marlee 7.4.2016 at 4:35 pm #

    So I’m only supposed to make one serving for myself? I’ve been making the full recipe! I should probably be halving the recipe, right?

    • Dawn McDaniel 7.5.2016 at 4:26 am #

      If you make the whole recipe, divide it in half breakfast and the other one for lunch later or your breakfast for the following day.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.5.2016 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi Marlee!

      Totally up to you :). We consider one serving to be 2 cups or 16oz, and the majority of our recipes make between 4-5 cups. If you’re blendin’ solo, there are a couple options. You can absolutely halve the recipe if that works best for you, or you can store the second serving in an airtight container in the fridge (for up to two days) or the freezer. The second serving is great for an afternoon snack later in the day, or can be used for breakfast the following morning!

      Hope that helps!

  7. Debbie John 7.2.2016 at 5:55 am #

    I want to do the 30 day challenge. During this time would I only have a smoothie in the morning or do I only have smoothies through the day?

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.2.2016 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Debbie!

      Thanks for reaching out! Our goal for the 30-Day Challenge is to have you drink one serving of green smoothie (2 cups or 16oz) everyday for 30 days. Some of our community members prefer to have their green smoothie for breakfast, while others have like have theirs later in the day (for lunch, an afternoon snack, or even dinner!). We are all about making this challenge work for you :).

      Hope that helps! Cheers!

  8. Maryann 7.1.2016 at 7:28 pm #

    This will be a new adventure for me – making things ahead. It will take some discipline for sure!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.2.2016 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi Maryann!

      Thanks for reaching out! So happy to have you join us :). It does take some discipline while you’re getting into the habit of prepping your smoothies ahead of time, but once you get into the swing of things, it’s easy peasy!

      Cheers + Happy Blendin’!

  9. Sarah Myers 7.1.2016 at 3:48 am #

    Hi,
    I discovered the awesomeness of jicama. It has a high fiber content and a mild and slightly sweet taste. I peel and cut the whole thing into chunks, then freeze it in 1/2 cup servings. It blends well frozen.

    I also use it to dip in guacamole instead chips.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.1.2016 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Sarah!

      Thanks for reaching out + for sharing! I’m a huge fan of jicama, as well :). I haven’t tried it in smoothies before, so I’ll have to give that a whirl! Thanks for the inspiration!

      Cheers :).

    • Susan 7.1.2016 at 3:54 pm #

      I also recently rediscovered jicama – it is so juicy and delicious with dips and in smoothies! It also gives the smoothie a bit of substance.

    • Dawn McDaniel 7.5.2016 at 4:29 am #

      To use jicama and chips do you bake it or eat it raw?

  10. Fatima 6.29.2016 at 10:29 pm #

    Hi, prepping ahead of time would be so handy for me as a busy mum of three! Can you tell me exactly what glass jar you use? Is it a Kilner jar or does it not matter? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.1.2016 at 12:36 am #

      Hi Fatima!

      Thanks for reaching out! We personally love Ball Mason Jars, but feel free to use any fridge/freezer safe glass jar with an airtight lid :).

  11. Cheryl Tackson 6.29.2016 at 9:33 am #

    Please email all information to my new email
    princesschey50@yahoo.com
    I no longer work for the company and will not receive any emails at the previous email

    Thanks
    Cheryl Jackson

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.29.2016 at 1:18 pm #

      Hi Cheryl!

      Thanks for letting us know! If you could send us a message at simplegreensmoothies.com/contact that includes your old email address, as well, we’ll be sure to make the switch!

      Thanks for being a part of our community :).

  12. Heather 6.28.2016 at 1:52 pm #

    I see above you have blended smoothies in advance and have frozen them, when you take them out have the ingredients separated or are they ready to thaw (to a drinking consistency) and drink?

    I am going camping this weekend and want to prepare the best I can for my smoothies since a blender is not easy to bring.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.29.2016 at 1:13 pm #

      Hi Heather!

      Thanks for reaching out! Some separation will occur, but not to worry! Just give your smoothie a good shake before consuming :). Adding a little lemon juice to preserve flavor is also helpful, and make sure your smoothie is in an airtight container.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy your camping trip!

  13. Mary 6.22.2016 at 12:18 am #

    This is a brilliant idea!

    Norman Walker, an old time authority on nutrition, said that freezing would not hurt the nutritional value. The reason it does, in these modern days, is because they flash heat the produce. SO they are essentially dead.

    I cant wait to get started on this. I would never have thought of it. Also, I am a breakfast skipper. I love this idea. THANKS!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.22.2016 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Mary!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. If mornings are busy for you, this is such a great time saver! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

      Cheers + Happy Blendin’!

  14. Donna 6.20.2016 at 8:45 pm #

    So once frozen do you just grab out each morning and blend while frozen? Or let thaw out first? Also do you just add the liquid when ready to bend? Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.21.2016 at 8:58 am #

      Hi Donna!

      Totally up to you :). I personally like to blend mine frozen, and add the liquid when I’m ready to blend. However, if you’re not working with a high-speed blender, you may find that thawing your ingredients for a little while (not completely!) will yield better results! It may take a little trial and error to find what works best for you :).

      Cheers!

  15. Diana 6.15.2016 at 10:35 am #

    Is it better to freeze the diced fruit and spinach, and then blend when ready to drink it or blend it and then freeze it?

    The spinach doesn’t wilt and get yucky like in the fridge?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.15.2016 at 11:45 am #

      Hi Diana!

      Totally up to you :). I personally like to freeze the fruit + greens to have on hand for when I have time to blend in the mornings. If my days are looking a little crazy though, I’ll blend a few smoothies in advance and pop them in the freezer.

      The greens don’t wilt in the freezer :). But, once frozen, you definitely don’t want to defrost them. Then they will be yucky! Frozen greens are great for adding smoothies or soups though!

      Hope that helps! Cheers :).

  16. Heidi 5.27.2016 at 2:26 pm #

    This looks VERY smart indeed. But doesn’t freezing your fruits and vegs kills a lot of its goodness? I thought low temperatures would destroy unstable nutrients, and therefore you should always opt for fresh spinach rather than frozen ones.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.30.2016 at 6:36 pm #

      Hi Heidi,

      Great question! Freezing your fruits + leafy greens is actually like hitting the pause button, allowing both taste + nutrients to be preserved!

      Cheers 🙂

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