If you love green smoothies AND want to maximize your time and money while making them, then this smoothie prep tutorial is for you! I love buying fresh, in-season produce, yet I don’t want it to go bad before I use it all in my daily smoothie. Meal prep smoothies get me through busy seasons with ease.
Meal prep smoothies are my jam! I love doing smoothie prep in batches so I make one mess at a time and get a week (or month) of ready-to-blend smoothies for my efforts. Today, I’m sharing all my tips and tricks to make smoothies for the week as well as giving you a sample menu and shopping list to get started!
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How to Meal Prep Smoothies for a Week
First, gather the following items: measuring cups, quart bags or canning jars (I like wide-mouth jars best!), a permanent marker, your favorite fruit and leafy greens and either my blog or the Daily Blends Smoothie App. These items will make meal prepping smoothies a breeze. Next:
- Decide which recipes you’ll make for the week and have them on hand. Feel free to use my free 10-Day Smoothie Challenge recipes.
- Slice or cut fruit into chunks. You can also cut fruit into smaller pieces and freeze ahead of time on lined baking sheets or use packaged frozen fruit. This helps keep the fruit and leafy greens from freezing together in a large clump, plus the smoothies blend more easily.
- Label bag or jar lids with recipe name and date. Be specific. You might also want to include how much of which liquid gets blended with each smoothie pack (to have when you’re ready to blend).
- Measure out the ingredients and pack into jars or bags.
- Remove as much air as possible from bags and jars when sealing closed. Pack fruit and leafy greens tightly into the jars and screw on the lids.
- Place in freezer. Don’t pack your bags/containers too tightly together. There should be some air circulation to help the contents to freeze quickly.
When you’re ready to use your meal prepped smoothies, remove smoothie pack from freezer. Add liquid base to container or bag (which helps defrost the fruit slightly). You can also thaw for a few minutes on the counter or in warm water. This helps the fruit and greens come out of the container more easily. Pour into blender and blend until smooth.
Prep smoothies for the week, month, or quarter, whichever length of time fits your time and lifestyle (and space!) best. I took the 7-day Smoothie Challenge inside Daily Blends Smoothie App for recipes and prepped for an entire month!
Tips for Make Ahead Smoothies
- Pick recipes with similar ingredients and buy in bulk. This saves money and cuts down on the number of ingredients needed.
- Buy seasonally! Choosing ingredients that are in season (or better yet, local!) also cuts down on cost. Food has the highest nutrition when harvested during its rightful season. Plus, it just tastes better.
- Help your future self by labeling! Know what that prepped jar needs for the liquid base so that when you are ready to blend, you are prepared.
- Set aside time to prep. Whether it’s on the weekend, Monday morning or Thursday evening, make time for prep. This helps you set yourself up for success.
- If you don’t like to or have time to chop up fresh ingredients then buy frozen! I love getting frozen pineapple and mango from Costco to save myself time. Frozen ingredients are picked at height freshness then flash frozen to preserve as many nutrients as possible.
Have any more tips for meal prepping smoothies? Drop a comment below and let us all know!
Smoothie Prep Menu
If you’re looking for some make-ahead smoothie recipes to get started, try out this plan:
- Beginner’s Luck Smoothie
- Clear Skin Smoothie
- Mango Spinach Smoothie
- Vegan Tropical Smoothie
- Spinach Banana Smoothie
- Island Green Smoothie
- Chia Seed Smoothie
For this round of meal prep smoothies, I stuck with tropical smoothies that have similar ingredients so that I can buy in bulk. Here’s the shopping list to prep the above seven smoothies:
|7.5 cups Spinach||3 Bananas|
|1.5 cups Mango||1 Avocado|
|1 Lemon||2 tbsp Chia Seeds|
|4 Oranges||2.75 cups Coconut Water|
|3 cups Pineapple||2 cups Water|
If you want to simplify your shopping list further, swap coconut water for regular water (which you don’t need to purchase), and you can meal prep smoothies for a whole week with eight ingredients.
For this list, I would pick up my supplies at Trader Joe’s and opt for frozen mango and pineapple, while choosing fresh for the remaining ingredients. Since avocado is only needed in one recipe, I’d just add it into a few other smoothies for a healthy fat boost.
Common Questions Around Smoothie Prep
Yes! While smoothies start to lose some nutrients about 15 minutes after blending, you can definitely blend one the night before. Just give it a good shake before you start to drink.
Yes! Simply add your fruit and veggies and leafy greens to a mason jar or freezer-safe container and freeze! When you’re ready to make a smoothie, thaw slightly on the counter then dump into your blender along with the liquid of your choice and any superfood boosts you want and blend. This is a great way to make sure your ingredients don’t go bad.
Yes! The key to a meal replacement smoothie is adding in protein and healthy fat. These two components will help you get full and keep you full longer.
Make Ahead Smoothies
Did you know that you can even freeze already blended smoothies? For real! Make sure you use freezer-safe containers and leave space when filling them, as liquid expands when frozen. Put in the fridge the night before you want to drink, carefully defrost in warm water or just toss it into a cooler if you’re taking it with you.
I love smoothie prepping blended smoothies for road trips. They act as ice packs for snacks and are perfectly chilled but defrosted when I’m ready to enjoy them.
Meal Prep Smoothies
- measuring cups
- quart sized jars or bags
- permanent marker
- 5 cups spinach
- 2 cups kale
- 3 bananas
- 5 oranges
- 3 mango
- 1 pineapple
- 2 cups strawberries
- Decide which recipes you'll make for the week and have the recipe on hand. Feel free to use my free 10-day smoothie challenge recipes. For this sample guide I'm using my original Simple 7 Smoothie Guide.
- Slice or cut fruit into chunks. You can also 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.
- Label bag and jar lids with recipe name and date. Be specific. You might also want to include how much of which liquid gets blended with each smoothie pack (to have when you're ready to blend).
- Measure out the ingredients and pack into jars or bags.
- Remove as much air as possible from bags and jars when sealing closed. Pack fruit and greens tightly into the jars and screw on the lids.
- Place in freezer. Don't pack too tightly together. There should be some air circulation to help the contents to freeze quickly.
When ready to use
- Remove smoothie pack from freezer. Add liquid base to container or bag (which helps defrost the fruit slightly). You can also 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.
- Pour into blender and blend until smooth.
- Smoothie packs will keep for several months in the freezer but are the very best quality when used within 2-4 weeks.
- This sample prep guide uses naturally sweeter fruits. To lower the natural sugar in a smoothie, swap 1 banana with 1/2 an avocado.
- 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.
- Pick smoothie recipes with similar ingredients for bulk purchasing and to save money.
I started today and although it looks kind of gross, it tastes SO good! It’s refreshing! What do you think about adding low-fat yogurt? Not tgisxwwwk but thinking future! I’m sticking to your plan this week!
Isn’t it crazy how something can look not so pretty yet taste delicious?! I am so happy you enjoyed this recipe. We like to stay away from dairy products. If you are wanting to make the smoothie more filling you can add some chia seeds or oats to your smoothie! Here is a great article on that.
day 1 is a great one , I love the taste … I noticed makes enough for 2 smoothies , I guess I am drinking till lunch
So happy you enjoyed the recipe! We cannot wait for you to taste the other 6 days!! 🙂
I have a low budget No budget ,Don’t my husband being out if work since August due to a accident, however I need a blender, what do you recommend?
There are plenty of blenders for every budget! My first blender was a super cheap estate sale find! You can find our favorite blenders, at every price point here…
And if you can’t afford a super-powered blender. That’s totally ok! Check out our blending tips here…
I was pleasantly surprised. Love it
The link for the green smoothie recipe cards isn’t working.
Good catch! I need to update that! We don’t offer green smoothie recipe cards anymore. Want even more recipes? Make sure + check out our app here! 100s of green smoothie recipes, tips + challenges at your finger tips!!
Bummer. I’ve been looking around for a while on here to figure out where to get the cards from! Sad they don’t exist, I’d much prefer them to something digital!
I see the kale recipes remove the stems are these of no food value. Thanks and also for the recipes plus other info.
God bless, Evelyn
When it comes to green smoothies we usually suggest removing the stems as they can be bitter + tough on your blender.
what do you think of adding peanut butter, coconut milk or cream,cinnamon ,and herbs to your smoothies I think i would like the idea
Those all sound like great ideas!! The peanut butter and coconut milk will add protein + healthy fats to your green smoothie. While the cinnamon + herbs add tons of extra nutrition + often detoxing benefits!
Can I make them Sunday and refrigerate them for the week?
Want to blend your smoothie ahead of time? Our recipes will keep in your refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight container. Adding a small amount of lemon juice will help preserve all of their green goodness!!
If you want to blend everything on Sunday. You can freeze your blended smoothie. Then simply thaw in the refrigerator the night before. You will notice some separation. But don’t worry, that’s simply because our recipes are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers. Simply give your smoothie a quick shake and you’re ready to go!
If you freeze the greens with the fruit, do you then need to separate the greens to blend them with liquid first? Or just throw it all in together.
Great question! And it really depends on the power of your blender. Have a rawkstar blender like Vitamix or Blendtec, then there’s no reason to blend your greens first. But if your blender needs a little help breaking down those leafy greens, we’d suggest freezing them separately from your other ingredients. Here’s our tips for blending leafy greens all on their own!
question: Can I mix smoothie in the morning, pack with ice block and consume for lunch. How long are they considered fresh?
You definitely can! As long as you’re keeping your green smoothie chilled, it will keep for up to two days in an air tight container. Because our recipes are free of any yucky additives or preservatives, you may notice some separation. Simply give your smoothie a quick shake + you’re ready to enjoy!
I dont have blender like vitamix, but I have hurom slow juicer. What do you think about it?
While I definitely think our recipes would make amazing juices! Personally, we’re all about blending over juicing. While both have their health benefits – when juicing, you’re missing a major nutrient boost from the fiber. Learn more about the difference between juicing + blending here…
What size mason jars do you recommend?
I like to reach for the 32oz wide mouth jars. We also suggest ensuring that your mason jars are freezer safe!
Went to Barnes & Noble’s. Browse through a lot of smoothies books and choose yours . So I am doing the 10 day Smoothies. So far so good, want to do the Book first ! On the 3rd day , ty!
YAY!! Thank you so much for your support! Make sure + check back in with us at the end of your 10-Day Kickstart!
I need too have some kind sweet in my smoothie.but need fiber.Dr told me. I need fiber. Diverticulosis.do any one knows .what is the best.?
Need fiber + something sweet? Look no further than our green smoothies!! The leafy greens are a great source of fiber + the fruit in our recipes make them extra sweet + delicious.
Need a little extra sweet?
Check out our favorite natural sweeteners here…
Do you ever blend your smoothie ahead of time and freeze? If so does it taste and thaw ok?
You definitely can! Simply thaw your smoothie in the refrigerator the night before you’re ready to enjoy. Notice some separation? No worries. Our smoothies are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying.
Sorry, I just answered my own question. Love this thread!!