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Frozen smoothie packs keep my daily smoothie habit going when I’m super busy… or just don’t feel like coming up with a recipe to blend. These packs are made using Costco-sized bags of produce to maximize my budget and make for easy prep.

Ever wonder if it is possible to prep a month of green smoothies on a budget, using mostly organic produce? Well, I did… so I tried, conquered and am now going to share all my tips with you.

Frozen smoothie packs using Costco (not sponsored, just great!) produce that now give you no excuse to having a daily smoothie.

Table of Contents
  1. Grocery List for Smoothie Packs
  2. DIY Frozen Smoothie Packs From Costco
  3. Frozen Ingredients
  4. Fresh Ingredients
  5. Tips for Using Organic Produce with Smoothie Packs
  6. Month of Smoothies for Under $50?
  7. Prepping Frozen Smoothie Packs
  8. How to use Frozen Spinach in Smoothies
  9. Frozen Smoothie Packs FAQs
  10. DIY Frozen Smoothie Packs Recipe
Ingredients for homemade frozen smoothie packs

Grocery List for Smoothie Packs

I’m all about fueling my body with whole foods, yet I also have to watch my family’s monthly budget. To do this successfully, I used our Smoothie Digital Guide for our free Smoothie Challenge. This includes a shopping list which makes 10 smoothie recipes using only 10 ingredients!

I invited my friend Erin along for some shopping at Costco, a member-only, bulk-grocery store. We purchased as much organic produce as we could afford, then attempted to make at least a month’s worth of smoothies.

Did we succeed? Check out this video below, or read on to see our results!

DIY Frozen Smoothie Packs From Costco

There are so many reasons I love to shop at Costco. They strive to offer organic options, they have a great produce section, and it’s possible to get all the smoothie ingredients in one place! Costco stores can be found all over the world, yet each location has slightly different food selections.

No, we did not get endorsed/sponsored by Costco to do this experiment. Quite the opposite. We actually had to be sneaky in the store so we didn’t get kicked out for recording without permission. I felt like I was 15 again. 🙂

Frozen Ingredients

To make frozen smoothie packs, I suggest using a combination of frozen and fresh produce. Frozen fruit is not second place to fresh. It’s a great option on its own because it’s picked at the peak of the season, then sliced and frozen for us. Plus it saves money…. and I’m on a budget here.

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In the Costco freezer aisle, you can get organic strawberries as well as pineapple. While we hoped to score some frozen organic mango too, there was none in sight. Sniff Sniff. So we headed to the fresh produce section next.

You don’t need all frozen or all fresh ingredients to create smoothie packs. Use a mix of what you can find because they’re all going in the same storage containers in the end.

Fresh Ingredients

In the fresh produce section, we found organic bananas, mango, oranges, and organic spinach. We couldn’t find any kale (organic or non-organic), so I bought a bag of Organic Power Greens. This mix of all organic baby kale, spinach, and swiss chard is a perfect blend of leafy greens that gives great nutrient variety to our smoothies.

leafy greens for prepping smoothies
fresh fruit for smoothie prep

Tips for Using Organic Produce with Smoothie Packs

The best guide for knowing what produce to buy organically is The EWG List, published annually. When shopping for green smoothies on a budget, use this guide to keep my produce clean, yet still doable.

The produce on the Clean 15 list can be more safely purchased as non-organic, though feel free to purchase these ingredients organically grown as well.

The foods on the Fresh 15 list either have a shell or skin that protects the fruit underneath, or the farming practices do not genetically modify or use the same chemicals as the first list. If buying all organic is not an option for your budget, use these lists as your guide to the safest, most delicious smoothie ingredients.

Month of Smoothies for Under $50?

We know that fresh produce is often the most expensive stuff in our grocery carts, not to mention trying to buy organic! Here’s what we were able to do at Costco with our shopping list and a $50 budget:

  • Organic Power Greens = $5.99 per 24 oz
  • Organic Spinach = $3.89 per 32 oz
  • Oranges = $13.99 for 24 (needed 20)
  • Organic Bananas = $1.99 per 8 bananas
  • Frozen Pineapple = $7.99 for 80 oz
  • Fresh Mangoes = $4.49 for 6
  • Organic Frozen Strawberries = $9.99 for 64 oz

Grand Total: $48.33


The best deal in town was Costco!

My goal was a month of smoothies, but I was actually able to prep 36 green smoothies with our Costco ingredients, and spent $48.33 total. That comes out to $1.34 per smoothie, and less than $50 a month!! Beat that price, smoothie bar!

Want to know the difference between shopping at Costco vs. other grocery stores for the same amount of supplies?

If that price difference seems crazy to you too, then you’re not alone. Almost a 40% price difference between the same ingredients at Costco and Publix.

If you need to pause reading this to get a Costco membership real quick, then don’t let me stop you. Buying green smoothie ingredients on a budget has never been so easy.

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Prepping Frozen Smoothie Packs

There are a few ways you can make freezer packs. My favorite are mason jars or reusable bags. Stasher and (re)zip are both great brands that you can reuse over and over because they’re made from silicone.

storage Options

Can you freeze ingredients in freezer bags? You absolutely can. Yet, I love prepping my smoothies in wide mouth, pint sized ball jars. These jars will fit the blended smoothie perfectly and they are reusable. Also, they fit in all kinds of spaces within most freezers.

Wide mouth jars work the best as the ingredients are easier to get out when I start blending. There is no worry that the glass will break, as the liquid isn’t added until blending.

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Prepping Produce

Prepping all the produce before stuffing the jars makes the process faster in our opinion. Grab a friend or family member and start chopping. A few chopping notes:

  • When prepping oranges, make sure to peel the tough yellow part, yet keep the white pith surrounding the orange. A lot of vitamin C lives in the pith, and that’s what we want!
  • Check out my post on how to cut a mango for some great tips!
  • Dump the frozen fruits into large bowls for easy scooping when filling the mason jars.
  • leave the greens for last when filling the jars, as it is super easy to pack these on top.
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How to use Frozen Spinach in Smoothies

While I don’t recommend using the boxed frozen spinach since it usually has additives (and reminds me of slime), you can absolutely add fresh spinach to your smoothie prep as I mentioned above.

Freezing your own greens is a great way to avoid produce waste as well as use fresh ingredients year round.

With our Costco haul, we were able to prep 36 frozen smoothie packs with our $50 budget. So grab a friend and some cute tote bags, head to the local farmers’ market or Costco, then get prepping!

Frozen Smoothie Packs FAQs

Is it OK to drink smoothies everyday?

Yes! Make sure you rotate your leafy greens and really all your smoothie ingredients so you get the most nutrients you can. Daily smoothies are wonderful!

Are smoothies good for weight loss?

Green smoothies boosted with plant-based protein and made with only whole food ingredients can aid in healthy weight loss. Make sure the smoothies are a good balance of carbs, protein, healthy fat and fiber. Ensure you are also eating other whole food meals and snacks, as well as have a daily exercise routine.

What are the most popular smoothies?

The most popular green smoothies is the Best Green Smoothie! It’s a great first smoothie for anyone wanting to eat more plants and drink something delicious.

Drop a comment below and let us know your fav places to buy produce, as well as your money saving green smoothie tips and tricks! 

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DIY Frozen Smoothie Packs

Making prep ahead frozen smoothie packs is a great way to save time and money making smoothies.
Prep: 1 hour
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 36 smoothies

Equipment

  • mason jars
  • freezer-safe bags

Ingredients  

Costco Shopping List

  • 24 oz power greens $5.99 per 24 oz bag of organic
  • 32 oz spinach $3.89 per 32 oz tub of organic
  • 20 oranges $13.99 for 24
  • 8 bananas $1.99 per 8 organic bananas
  • 80 oz pineapple $7.99 for 80 oz bag of frozen
  • 6 mangos $4.49 for 6
  • 64 oz strawberries $9.99 for 64 oz bag of frozen
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Instructions 

  • Join the Smoothie Challenge and get the recipes we'll be making: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/challenge
  • Head to Costco (or store of your choice) and buy the items above 
  • Get 10 recipes from the 10-Day Challenge and start putting them into the containers (without the liquid). 
  • Write the name of each recipe and what you still need to add (ex: add 1 cup almond milk)

Video

Notes

  • You can shop at other stores as well, yet Costco had the best quality and price we could find down here in Central Florida.
  • The nutrition info is based on my sample ingredients. Your nutrition will change based on the ingredients you use.
  • Feel free to swap in whatever ingredients you use most for smoothies! 

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 0.1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 602mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 3174IU, Vitamin C: 125mg, Calcium: 78mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. Hi and thank you, was wondering how I would be able to stick to my smoothie routine once I returned to work. Great idea! I see you didn’t mention Whole Foods which is usually where I get my produce. Don’t think there is a Costco near by
    Janet

    1. Hi Janet. Of course you should go to the grocery store that’s near you/you prefer. In this case, Jen used Costco because you can buy in bulk there and the topic is smoothie packs on a budget. She wanted to show how easy and budget-friendly it can be to drink a green smoothie every day. 🙂

      1. You’ve got this Jo! Small steps, gentle movements and one smoothie at a time!

  2. My wife and I are NEW to your tribe. We have been eating (drinking..or slurping) smoothies for breakfast for about three years. We purchase MOST of our ingredients from Costco.. As Dani Mitchell says your prep idea is GENIUS!. Thanks for the tip…

    1. Welcome to you and your wife, Dr. Len! We’re so glad you found us!

  3. 5 stars
    This is genius! I love how you use mason jars and love to save money… and still be healthy. Cannot wait to do this!

    1. This just goes to show that there really are no excuses for not eating healthy!!

    2. 5 stars
      Hi this is a great subject
      I also add moringi leaves
      Different recepies would be appreciated
      Will keep in touch for updates.

  4. I am having trouble accessing the how-to video. There is not a visible link, just a blank space where I am assuming the video is posted.

    1. Hi Kim, the video is also on our YouTube channel. Maybe you’ll have better luck watching it there! Here’s the link: DIY Frozen Smoothie Packs on a Budget. Happy blending! 🙂

    1. I think I might do this. Ontario Canada is more expensive though. Not sure I can fit all of this in my freezer, so might just do 2 weeks worth

      1. That would still be some awesome prep work, Dianne! Give it a try and let us know how it goes. 🙂

  5. Do you drink the smoothies as a meal replacement or just as a drink with your regular breakfast? I was always used to having smoothies as a meal replacement with protein powder in them. Do you ever use a protein powder and if so, what kind? I’ve tried so many powders that I thought were healthy and ended up not being, or the really healthy ones are super expensive.

    1. I love this and so need something to save me money.. thank you. I am excited to give this a try…is the 7 day challenge book available?

      1. Hey Rhonda! So glad you found this helpful! Click on this link to get to the 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge–> Simple 7
        Happy blending! 🙂

    2. Hi Ashley, great question! It’s really personal preference as far as drinking smoothies as a meal replacement or not. I prefer to drink a green smoothie every morning for my breakfast. And you’re right, you will def want to add a protein (we prefer plant-based proteins) as well as a healthy fat to make it a satisfying meal-replacement smoothie that won’t leave your stomach growling an hour after you eat. 🙂 Here’s a great post on turning your smoothie into a meal-> Turn Your Green Smoothie Into a Meal!
      And… to answer your question about a good protein powder, I have awesome news! Simple Green Smoothiesas been working on her own plant-based protein powder and it’s nearly ready for its debut! Woo hoo!!! So stay tuned, it shouldn’t be much longer!

  6. It was really hard to watch this on my phone because I couldn’t make it full screen and there was a green band across the top cutting off part of your head. Also how did you buy a bushel of bananas when you had two bunches?
    Lastly, where do you store all of these jars for a month and doesn’t the ingredients get a bit slimy after 36 days.? I mean you have to drink some of them last right?
    Just curious….

    1. Hey Jana! Jen stores the prepped smoothie jars in her freezer, taking one or two out each day to blend. Since they’re being stored in the freezer, they don’t get slimy at all! 🙂

    1. So glad you liked it, Brandy! Are you going to give prepping 30 days worth of smoothies a try?

  7. Prepping smoothies ahead makes blending every day SO much easier! Love this idea and will definitely be doing it next month. Thanks!

    1. It sure does, Erin! So glad you liked this + found it helpful. Let us know how your 30-days-of-smoothies prep goes next month!

  8. After all this prep, how do you go about blending these? Do you thaw them first? About how long does that take?

    1. Great question, Stacey! You have a couple options: 1. Move a jar from the freezer to the fridge the night before so it can thaw overnight, then pour it in the blender with your liquid base and blend. 2. Place the contents of a jar straight out of the freezer into the blender. Pour your liquid base over the frozen ingredients and let that sit for at least 10-15 minutes while you’re getting ready for your day, then blend. Happy blending! 🙂

  9. Great ideas. I buy the bags of frozen fruit from Sams Club. If I can’t use the fresh spinach soon enough, I freeze it as it is and put it in the blender frozen. Works great.

    1. Freezing the fresh spinach you can’t get through quickly enough is such a great way to make sure you’re able to use the whole container and not let any go to waste!

  10. This is awesome! I shop at Costco all the time, but never really thought of how much money I can save for smoothie prep there. Thanks for sharing this Jen! You really broke it down for us all. I truly believe that you and your family remain blessed because of your passion to help others. Keep on Rawkin’!

    1. Hey Vivian! It *is* awesome to have it all broken down, a complete step-by-step guide to a month of smoothies. And super budget friendly, no less! So glad you liked this. 🙂

  11. Excellent post. It’s so easy to be unaware of the huge price differences. Thank you for doing the work…and for sneaking around Costco!

    1. It’s really eye opening when you see the prices side by side, isn’t it? Glad you found this helpful!

  12. Such amazing information and Thank You for using beautiful care and detail to help us be healthy while saving money!!!!
    Taking a little time out of a part of a day can get us so much nutrition on a dime and that is important.
    Thank you !!!

    1. Elena, really glad you found this information helpful! So true, taking care of our bodies + fueling them with whole foods is so important. And being able to do that in such a budget-friendly way makes it even more awesome and accessible! 🙂

    1. You can definitely pack in more greens and decrease the amount of fruit. When I first starting making green smoothies, needed all this fruit to mask the greens so it tasted great. Overtime, our tastebuds change and a smoothie with just 25% fruit will actually taste good and have more fiber and less sugars, which is great too.. I actually wrote and article to help transition from more of a fruit smoothie to a leafy greens ones here: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/smoothie-formula

    2. Hi Diana! I def agree with Jen and have used her awesome Rawkstar Formula for many years, eventually flipping the ratio of greens to fruits as my taste has changed. And regardless of the amount of fruit and leafy greens you prefer, you can still use these tips and tricks to shop + prep delicious, organic smoothies on a budget!