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Smoothie meal prepping is a great way to save time and have enough smoothies on hand for a week or even a month. There are many ways to speed up the process, yet two of the best ways we have found are Ziploc bags and mason jars. Both ways work well and speed up the process immensely. So gather some bags, mason jars or other freezer safe containers and let’s get prepping!

 

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prep11. Slice and measure green smoothie ingredients according to recipe (just leave out the liquids). If using a mason jar, start with fruits and then add leafy greens last so they are towards the top. This helps get them out easier when frozen.

 

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2. Place all ingredients in a freezer safe Ziploc bag (quart size OR gallon size) or container (do not add liquid-base)

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3. Label with name of recipe and date made.

 

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4. Place and store in freezer for up to 6 months.

 

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prep35. Remove from freezer and pour ingredients into blender along with the liquid base. Blend until smooth!

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If you blender isn’t doing so hot with frozen fruits, you can take your bag (or mason jar) out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost slightly. This also brings out more of the flavors in the fruit, which is awesome. If you are going this route, we also recommend freezing your greens separate from your fruits so they don’t defrost and get soggy. Jen keeps her frozen leafy greens in a gallon size Ziploc and then her fruit measurements in a mason jar.

 

Can I make my green smoothie the night before?
Yes! You can blend your smoothies ahead of time and store your green smoothies in a sealed container for 1 to 3 days in the fridge. We like to use these quart-size mason jars with the metal bands or these storage caps (click the links to be directed to the products on Amazon). Another perk to blending at night: your neighbors will love you for blending the night before too!

Fresh is always best, but a 2-day old green smoothie is still way better than a bag of the Cheetos (aka: orange dust) or a drive-thru breakfast sandwich. Your goal is to add more fruits and vegetables into your regular diet— and green smoothies will help you get there.

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  1. Ryan

    August 31st, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Hi!
    I have been pre-freezing smoothies in zip-loc bags for a while and have been thinking about freezing the smoothies already blended. Would it be OK to do that with Greek Yogurt and Coconut water as a liquid base? Would you still add lemon juice?
    Thank you!

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    August 31st, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    You can definitely freeze your pre-blended smoothies! They’ll keep in your freezer for up to two months! Simply place in the refrigerator the night before your ready to enjoy. FYI: Separation is completely natural, simply give your smoothie a quick shake + enjoy.

    Adding lemon juice is still a great idea to help preserve all of your smoothie’s green goodness!

    Cheers 🙂

  3. Sam

    September 3rd, 2016 at 7:58 am

    hi! I have a question, in case my smoothie has more of vegetables such as spinach, beetroot and cucumber and I want to blend it in the morning and carry it with me, will it separate out the liquid like water content on top of the mason jar and thick part sit in the base, does this happen with smoothies and if so, how I can avoid it, if I am carrying my smoothies and having it later? Also suggest, if I can add or replace any ingredient to avoid it? Does freezing will avoid such situations? Thank you!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    September 6th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Sam,

    All of our recipes are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers, so separation is completely natural! Simply give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying.

    Cheers!

  5. Min

    September 15th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Hi I am just starting out smoothie person . Is there budget friendly way to make both fruit and veggie smoothies? I am trying to lose me pounds by increasing my intake of fresh raw ingredients.

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    September 15th, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Min,

    If you are new to eating a lot of fruits and veggies, your grocery bill may be a little shocking with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases. Overtime, you will eliminate a lot of processed food items which will in turn bring your grocery bill back to normal. But here are a few quick tips to saving money on produce.

    -Make a shopping list: Making a weekly meal planning list that covers what you will eat on a daily basis will help you only buy what you need. Make sure to include snacks in your meal plan and shopping list, too.

    -Buy seasonal fruit and veggies: Purchasing produce is in season and is typically cheaper. And if you see a good deal on fresh fruits and veggies, purchase in bulk and freeze for future smoothies.

    -Buy out of season fruits frozen: Costco and Sam’s Club sell large bags of organic frozen fruit at good prices. If your freezer can accommodate bags in bulk, take advantage of making these purchases.

    -Buy from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture): For the tastiest and most fresh organic produce, buy locally. Not only has the produce been grown and harvested close to home, but buying locally also helps our environment by eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, http://www.LocalHarvest.org to find your local farm, farmers markets, and other local food sources.

    -Follow the EWG’s Dirty Dozen: This list will help you know what is worth getting organic and what you can buy conventional.

    Hope this helps!

  7. Cathy

    November 2nd, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    Is it good to use soy milk?

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    November 3rd, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Thanks for reaching out. We believe that small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine (like tamari and tempeh) but we recommend staying away from highly-processed unfermented soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy ice cream are all in this category. Two great alternative to soy milk are unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk.

    We love them both!

  9. Tee

    November 6th, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    I have coffee jars for storing liquids, I know it my sound cheap do you think I could use for storing smoothie overnight? ,thanks

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    November 7th, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Hi Tee,

    Cheers to being resourceful! Our favorite mason jar hack is using old jars like those for tomato sauce. Simply remove the label, clean the jar, instant smoothie container! As long as the coffee jar is air tight, we think it’s a great option.

  11. Curious George

    April 3rd, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Hi, I am trying the mason jar smoothies for the first time. Came across this and realized it would be so much easier in the morning for me, so thank you! Question I have …. I put frozen fruit, fresh spinach leaves, fresh basil, a banana, protein powder, … and some Greek yogurt in the jar and then froze. Is adding the Greek yogurt alright to do? What is this about lemon juice also? Do I need to put that in also? I thought if this works then I can just add liquid .. either almond milk, juice or water in the morning and blend quickly. I assume adding the liquid is better for waiting until morning? Do you see any problems with any of this? Really appreciate your reply. Thank you

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    April 3rd, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Curious George,

    I’m so excited you found us in this busy digital world! I’d suggest adding greek yogurt right before you’re ready to blend. Because it’s a liquid consistency, when frozen, it may make your smoothie hard to toss into the blender. So save all liquids until the morning.

    Also, adding lemon is for storing your blended smoothie. They’ll keep in your refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight container, and adding a little lemon juice will help preserve all of their green goodness!

    Hope this helps!

  13. Cynthia

    April 21st, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I am looking for a green smoothie for the skin that I can make ahead. I came across your site and am going to try to do ahead my ingredients. Do you have a particular recipe for the skin?

  14. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 25th, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Cynthia,

    Looking to improve your skin health? I have the perfect green smoothie for you! Check out our SPA skin cleanser recipe here…
    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-smoothies/spa-skin-cleanser

  15. Martha

    May 15th, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much for generously sharing your knowledge. I find your tips so helpful. I am slowly transitioning to plant based eating and I find your site (you) to be supportive and nonjudgmental. This will be my one of my frequently visited sites as I go on my journey to health. Blessings to you!

  16. Michelle

    November 28th, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Looking for a smoothie I can make ahead for my husband and myself. My husband leaves at 3AM and a blender that early will definitely wake our 18-month old. We need a green smoothie recipe that’s tailored towards weight loss and natural energy. Any suggestions?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 24th, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Hey Michelle,

    You should check out our “Fat Burner” smoothies. Also our smoothies can last up to 2 days in an air tight container. So you can always blend the day before or night before and store in your fridge for the next morning.

    Hope that helps!

  18. nikole myers

    April 23rd, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    can’t locate the hack for freezing bananas ahead of time – saw it in one of the books but can’t find it now

  19. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 24th, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Nikole,

    You can check out more of our smoothie prep tips here:

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/make-ahead-smoothie-prep

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