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Green Smoothie Hack: Freeze Leafy Greens

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day.

We’ve all heard this from our moms, grandmoms, teachers, or friends. But do we agree? Kale yeah we do!

But that all depends on what you eat for breakfast. Try swapping a bagel and coffee for a green smoothie and you will feel supercharged and finally understand why breakfast is so important.

If you spend most mornings rushing just to make sure you’re dressed and on time for work (and getting the kids ready if you’ve got ‘em), walking out your door with a healthy breakfast in your hand ain’t easy. We are both busy moms ourselves, and ran into this problem in our early green smoothie blending days.

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In the past few years, however, we’ve figured out a fabulous #smoothiehack to help you get blending, and sipping that leafy green goodness no matter how hectic your morning. (That way, you can spend those extra minutes tucking a note in someone’s lunchbox, or making sure you remember your water bottle.)

Ready? Here’s our secret: we started freezing leafy greens.

We know, we know. It sounds so simple! But the payoff is major, people—for your health, and your wallet, because it helps you avoid wasting tasty veggies and greens.

We typically use fresh greens for a couple days right after we go grocery shopping. Then, we measure out two cups of greens into each freezer bag, and toss ‘em on in the freezer. Then, as we run around making sure little teeth are brushed and school clothes are on, all we have to do is grab a bag of frozen greens and dump them in the blender!

Yep, that means no more bleary-eyed battles with the measuring cups. Greens stay good in the freezer for a couple of months instead of a week in the fridge. Boom! We know you love saving time and money as much as we do, Rawkstar!

How to freeze leafy greens


Spinach, kale, and chard all freeze beautifully. And, if you freeze your greens in one big batch instead of 2 cup quantities, just make sure to note that 2 cups of fresh greens equals 1 ½ cups of frozen greens.

note: While frozen greens are fantastic for smoothies, don’t use them for your salads… you’ll be very disappointed! (Turns out, ice chunks aren’t as fun as croutons.)

Step 1 ::

Wash the greens well. To help remove any bugs, add a little white vinegar to the water and swish well. Shake to remove excess water, pat, or spin dry.

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Step 2 ::

Remove the leaves from the stems (if there are large stems present, like kale), and chop or tear leaves into pieces. To do this quickly, hold the stem in one hand and run the other one along the stem to rip the leaves away from the stalk. (Some blenders can handle the stems, but others can’t. Do what works best for you!)

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Step 3 ::

Label bags with the amount and type of green. Adding the date can be helpful if these will be stored for a while.

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Step 4 ::

Measure out greens into BPA-free, freezer-safe bags or containers. Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal.

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Step 5 ::

Pop the bags into the freezer and store until ready to use.

Hint: if we’re feeling extra organized, we measure out the frozen fruit for each smoothie and add it to the bag of greens before we freeze. You can check out our make ahead smoothie prep tips here.)

We want to know:

Do you have a favorite smoothie hack? If you do, share it with us in the comments below. We always love hearing from you guys!

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  1. Kathy Fender

    May 1st, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much, I didn’t know you could freeze greens but I do now awesome!!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 4th, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    It’s life-changing, Kathy! 🙂

  3. Roberta

    May 22nd, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I have discovered the day they mark down the big bins of greens at the grocer and am able to purchase 5-7 huge bins of greens for half price. Freezing them has become an obsession and the way I manage it is making green ice cubes. I blend them with as much water as is needed per bin (1-2 cups) to be able to still pour them into muffin tins (silicone all the way for this) and freeze them. Usually the ratio turns out to be a regular sized muffin cube is equal to approx 3/4 cup of greens. The mini ones (easier on a lot of blenders) are about 1/4 cup of greens. I get 3-4 gallon size freezer bags of green ice cubes out of the bins and those last a good while for our morning smoothies. This also takes up a lot less baggies than if trying to measure it out at 2 cups per bag and gives you the ice needed for cold drinks in the a.m.

  4. Tasha

    February 8th, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Roberta, this is genius! Thank you!

  5. Meri Thomason

    May 25th, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    It sounds like I could make the blended water/spinach combo first, then pour that into silicone molds and then freeze them.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 4th, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Meri,

    Yes, we’ve had many community members do that!

  7. Susan

    November 15th, 2018 at 8:00 am

    I read on many other sites that you shoudl blanch greens before freezing them. What do you suggest?

  8. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    November 20th, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Hey Susan,

    We like to use raw veggies for our smoothies instead of cooked, that way we get as much nutrients as we possibly can. So I would recommend washing your greens really good first and then placing them in a freezer bag.

    Hope that helps!

  9. Karen Chavez

    January 11th, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Freezing sounds like it would save a good deal of time. Great tip!!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 11th, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Hey Karen,

    It really is a great way to save time and preserve all the ingredients you buy. Most of the time we buy a bunch to prep ahead and if we do not use them we end up having to throw out. With freezing you never waste anything!! 🙂

  11. Amy Olsen

    March 15th, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Hi! Does freezing the greens change the fiber content? Thank you!

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 15th, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Hey Amy,

    The fiber and everything else stays the same because freezing preserves everything. So it is truly a win win!

    Happy blending!

  13. Betty

    March 26th, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I’m enjoying my smoothies, this is a first for me and the vitamixer is terrific

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    March 27th, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Betty,

    The Vitamix is SUCH a great blender!!! So happy for you— you’re gonna love it 🙂

  15. CC

    April 26th, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    When you freeze your 2 cups of greens (kale, or spinach), is that 2 cups packed or loose? I’m new to drinking greens….

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 29th, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Hey CC,

    When we measure two cups of spinach we usually do two big handfuls and that always works out great! If you add more or less that is a personal preference.

    Hope that helps!

  17. CC

    April 29th, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    It does – thanks!

  18. Colleen

    May 3rd, 2019 at 10:04 am

    How long can/should you store frozen greens?

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 3rd, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Hey Colleen,

    We really don’t have a certain time frame. I have personally had mine in the freezer for up to a month because I did a huge batch. Normally I use up my greens within that time frame though. Make sure to always pay attention to it and make sure it looks and smells right before adding them to your smoothie.

    Hope that helps!

  20. Marla Ordway

    May 30th, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    You recommend pulsing the greens and liquid first, right? Then, why do you put the greens in the bottom of the bag? Unless I misunderstand something here your technique requires removing all the fruit to get to the greens.

  21. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 31st, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Hey Marla,

    If you have a lower power blender then you would put your greens at the top of your bag so it can be blended first. If you have a high power blender then it doesn’t matter how you place your ingredients because it will all be blended smoothly.

    Hope that helps!

  22. Dorothy

    June 1st, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Thanks! Freezing greens will be a big help in in keeping me on the right track!

  23. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 3rd, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    You are welcome, Dorothy!

    Glad this was helpful to you 🙂

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