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Make Ahead Smoothie Prep

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Are you ready to RAWK your smoothie world? With my simple smoothie prep guide, you’ll be saving time and money with just a little bit of work.

The next healthy habit to embrace on your road to 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.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  ― Benjamin Franklin

Can I get an amen on Franklin’s words of wisdom for us all?

Make ahead smoothies really save me precious time in the morning. I love not having to think about cutting up fruit, measuring anything or accidentally running out of smoothie ingredients. (because we know that happens to all of us!)

Smoothie ingredients used to prep ahead

3 Smoothie Prep Benefits

  1. Enjoyable time in the kitchen: I actually enjoy spending a few minutes on Sundays prepping smoothies for the week (or month!). I crank up Alexa and turn my kitchen into a cooking show… yet there’s no meal to put on the table or pots and pans to clean!
  2. Sets the foundation for healthier habits. According to a recent study, “Spending less than one hour a day preparing food at home is associated with eating more fast food and spending more money eating out.”
  3. It’s the easiest way to prep ahead for the week. Now, I know it can be hard to meal plan each week, but smoothie prep is such a simple task…AND it creates big results. I hope you give it a shot with my step by step tutorial…
How to prep ahead smoothies for the week with bags or jars
Smoothie ingredients all laid out to prep for the week

In addition to prepping your smoothies, you can also freeze them blended. Yep! You can actually blend your smoothies and freeze them 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.

Make Ahead Smoothies in freezer with bags stacked nicely
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frozen smoothie packs

Make Ahead Smoothie Prep

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 7 smoothies
  • Category: smoothies
  • Method: blending
  • Cuisine: american
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Make smoothies in half the time with our make ahead smoothie prep guide. You can use this process to prep for a day, a week or even a month– depending on how much space you have in your freezer!


Ingredients

  • measuring cups
  • quart bags or canning jars (regular or wide-mouth)
  • permanent marker
  • your fav fruit and leafy greens
  • Daily Blends smoothie recipe app

Instructions

  1. Decide which recipes you’ll make for the week and have the recipe on hand. Feel free to use our Smoothie library for inspiration.
  2. 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.

  3. 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).
  4. Measure out the ingredients and pack into jars or bags. 
  5. 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.
  6. Place in freezer. Don’t pack too tightly together. There should be some air circulation. That will help the contents to freeze quickly.
  7. When ready to use, remove 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.
  8. Pour into blender and blend until smooth. 


Notes

  • 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.

Keywords: smoothie prep, make ahead smoothie,

Tags:    /   Categories: Cooking Tips 

By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 4.1.2014 | COMMENTS: 729

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  1. Mandy says:

    I have a history of kidney stones and have been told to eat foods that are low in oxalate. Do you have suggestions for greens to use instead of spinach? Spinach is very high in oxalate. I know kale is good but just wanted other suggestions. I’m excited to start my smoothie journey!
    Thanks!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Mandy,

      Kale, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower are some of our favorite low-oxalate veggies to blend with. Have you tried cauliflower? If you haven’t, make sure and freeze it beforehand. It creates a really mild flavor and makes your smoothie super creamy. Here’s one of my favorite recipes:

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/smoothies/cauliflower-smoothie-bowl

  2. Rudi says:

    Hi
    Thank you so much for these lovely ideas. I just love it.
    It is never wasted
    Joy
    Rudi

  3. Njideka samuel theresa says:

    I am really feeling great since monday I started. My cloths fit now and more energy. Thank you so much.

  4. Jen Hansard says:

    I have used this prep guide SOOO many times to get my smoothies ready for the week. Its really does make a big different in having a daily smoothie when you prep it ahead like this!

  5. Rashida Fogel says:

    Day 1 was great as usual. Just love love love your smoothies. I have a couple of recipes of my own that |’ve tried and they taste oh so good. Can we use Almond or Cashew Unsweetened Milk which is only 30 cal. per cup? I’ve used Almond Milk before and the smoothies comes out great. I have a friend who’s an ex-classmate of mine. For decades since we were in Grade 1, she’s been heavy. I’m trying to get her into drinking your smoothies. Wish me luck.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Rashida,

      Yes you can totally add in some almond or cashew milk to this recipe! We want you to make this work for you so if you feel that it needs something extra to get you excited, then go for it!!

      That is so awesome you are sharing the smoothie love with your friends. Kale yeah!!

  6. Jerry says:

    Day 1 tasted great but very cold for winter months can I use warm water or do you have any other suggestions. Thanks

  7. Renee says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      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.

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

  8. martine noel says:

    day 1 is a great one , I love the taste … I noticed makes enough for 2 smoothies , I guess I am drinking till lunch

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      So happy you enjoyed the recipe! We cannot wait for you to taste the other 6 days!! 🙂

  9. Robin King says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Robin,

      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…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/blender-guide

      And if you can’t afford a super-powered blender. That’s totally ok! Check out our blending tips here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/blend-without-chunks

    • Reese says:

      I was pleasantly surprised. Love it

  10. Denise Cenicola says:

    Great Info!

  11. Heidi says:

    The link for the green smoothie recipe cards isn’t working.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Heidi,

      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!!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/app

      • Melissa says:

        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!

  12. Evelyn Truesdale says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      When it comes to green smoothies we usually suggest removing the stems as they can be bitter + tough on your blender.

  13. moira says:

    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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Moira,

      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!

      Rawk on!

  14. Stephanie Bettis says:

    Can I make them Sunday and refrigerate them for the week?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      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!

  15. Brittanie says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Brittanie,

      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!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/freeze-leafy-greens

  16. Nanette says:

    question: Can I mix smoothie in the morning, pack with ice block and consume for lunch. How long are they considered fresh?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Nanette,

      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!

      Cheers!

    • Citra Cininta says:

      I dont have blender like vitamix, but I have hurom slow juicer. What do you think about it?

      • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

        Hi Citra,

        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…

        https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/juicing-vs-blending-whats-the-difference

        https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/juicing-vs-blending-whats-the-difference

  17. Michelle says:

    What size mason jars do you recommend?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Michelle,

      I like to reach for the 32oz wide mouth jars. We also suggest ensuring that your mason jars are freezer safe!

  18. Patricia Carter says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      YAY!! Thank you so much for your support! Make sure + check back in with us at the end of your 10-Day Kickstart!

  19. Patsy garcia says:

    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.?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Patsy,

      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…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/natural-sweeteners

  20. Mari Harper says:

    Do you ever blend your smoothie ahead of time and freeze? If so does it taste and thaw ok?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Mari,

      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.

  21. Maxine says:

    Sorry, I just answered my own question. Love this thread!!

  22. Maxine says:

    How do you get the frozen fruit and greens out of the jar when it is all frozen together to save time?

    • Mari Harper says:

      I take my jars out and run them under warm water and then leave them out while i’m getting ready for work. When I get ready to make my smoothie it usually pours right out, if not I just take a spoon and pry it out.

  23. ellen says:

    Hi. do you ever put the whole fruit including the peel in your smoothies such as orange lemons or watermelon. id so is there any whole fruit you would not use.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Ellen,

      We do! Fruit peels are super nutritious + add great fiber and flavor to your green smoothie. Learn more about the peels we add, and how to add them here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/peel

  24. Dana says:

    Quick question. If I use wide mouth freezer jars for this, would I be able to take them from the freezer, and add liquid to it, and then blend with a stick blender? I have a pretty high powered stick blender. Just curious if anyone had tried it.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dana,

      This could be a great option. I’d suggest checking with the stick blender manufacturer to ensure blending is glass is an ok and safe option.

  25. Linda says:

    Can we put Mason jars in freezer?

    • Jeannie Rodbell says:

      Yes you can put them in the freezer. Just leave a little room. I use them all the time for smoothies and bone broth.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Linda,

      You can! Just make sure that your mason jars are freezer safe. I’ve found the wide-mouth jars are often freezer safe, and perfect for prepping green smoothies!

  26. Xenia says:

    Hey peeps! I’m attempting smoothie prep for the first time and am excited about the idea of my morning smoothie taking less time but I am also reluctant. Maybe this has been asked before, but could having all of the ingredients frozen, especially the leafy greens, affect the nutritional value of the smoothie? I can’t help but want to keep my fresh ingredients fresh, and my frozen frozen.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Xenia,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you join us. Worried about losing your nutritional value? Don’t be, freezing your leafy greens, veggies + fruits is like hitting the pause button, storing all of those yummy nutrients!

  27. Anne Lee says:

    Started 10 day smoothie cleanse Nov 1/16 and lost 8 lbs. Switched to modified cleanse until Christmas and total loss was 12 lbs…2.5 ” from my waist!!!!
    I celebrated Christmas “carefully” with the intention of continuing with the smoothies. The big thing I notice is how much better I feel and how much more energy I have when drinking these smoothies and I plan to continue to drinking them indefinitely along with one “clean” meal a day.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Anne,

      YAY! Cheers to health, happiness + leafy greens! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Want to take it up a notch? Check out our meal plans here!

      http://shop.simplegreensmoothies.com

  28. Ruth says:

    I blend entire recipe ( greens & fruit & nuts) with enough of preferred liquid to blend; then I pour into ice cube trays, freeze, then bag correct amount for one green smoothie into quart freezer bag. I take out of freezer & store in refrig overnight to thaw. Blend for green smoothie in the morning. Is this procedure good for maintaining the nutrients?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Ruth,

      This is a great option! We love hearing about new ways to prep your green smoothie, and freezing is a great way to preserve all of their green goodness!

  29. Sara says:

    Better to batch freeze like fruits/veg, then sort into individual smoothies. It won’t be a brick that has to thaw first:

    1. Coat a baking sheet with coconut, hemp, etc. oil
    2. Place cut ripe fruits/veg as one layer on sheet (one sheet of ripe bananas, one sheet of fresh blackberries, etc.) Freeze!
    3. When frozen, store together (temporarily)
    4. Repeat until all fresh fruits/veg are frozen
    5. Sort into bags for individual smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Sara,

      Thanks for sharing! I usually batch freeze my ingredients before bagging them into my smoothie packs. Like you said, it helps prevent them from freezing together + makes blending super easy!

  30. Vivi says:

    Love this amazing idea…how did I not twig to it sooner. One of the reasons I stopped with the morning green juice was the nuisance of cleaning, cutting, prepping the various ingredients and then washing the Magic Bullet parts! Now things will change….any advice on using cranberries?!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Vivi,

      We love blendin’ with cranberries! Hello, antioxidants!! We simply add the cranberries, liquid base, + leafy greens to our blender first. Once blended to a juice consistency, add your remaining ingredients!

  31. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the tips for smoothie prep. I really needed this. Lately I have been on holiday mode lacking energy and no motivation. This will definitely help me get through to the New Year with more positivity.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Cindy,

      YAY! We hope our prep tips help blending green smoothies a habit you’ll keep all-year long!

  32. Dixie Helm says:

    Yay! Glad to get started back up. Did about a year with you gals of a smoothie a day. But slacked off after the cold weather hit.So Im glad to start again.Thanks from Texas

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dixie,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you back + blendin’ with us! Worried the cold weather may deter you from rawking out with us, again? Check out our favorite warm smoothie recipes, perfect for any chilly Texas days.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/?s=warm+smoothie

  33. Lucy Chen says:

    Thank you for the tips of freezing the veges and fruits in jars and prepare a bunch in advance!

    Not only will this makes it easier to blend (which I do every day already), it helps save some veges that would otherwise go bad.

  34. Lenee says:

    Brand new smoothie gal here…Thanks for the awesome tips! I am so excited I found this awesome team!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Lenee,

      YAY! We’re so excited you found us in this busy digital world! Reach out with any questions!

  35. M.C. says:

    Upon opening my first article from you smoothie queens, it showed me how simple it is prepare 4 smoothies in advance, rather than just one. Simple, but effective.
    tx. tips

  36. Kimone says:

    Can the green smoothie help you lose weight

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kimone,

      While our number one goal here isn’t weight loss, it can be a happy accident. Our co-founder Jadah met her weight loss goals by replacing one meal with a green smoothie. Learn more about her story here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meet-jadah

      You can replace up to two meals with a green smoothie. 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…

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

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