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Make Ahead Smoothie Prep Guide

Are you ready to RAWK your green smoothie world a little more? The next step to adopt on your road to leafy green 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.

How To Make Smoothie Freezer Packs Ahead of Time

Make ahead smoothie prep really does help me save time in the morning. I love not having to think about cutting up fruit or accidentally running out of smoothie ingredients. I love pulling out my recipe cards and getting to work prepping smoothies for the week (or month!) and the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to do.

Let’s get started!

A month of smoothies in an hour!

 

Step 1: Have your ingredients and supplies ready.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-our Daily Blends, green smoothie recipe app! 
-measuring cups
-quart bags or canning jars (regular or wide-mouth)
-marker
-fruit and leafy greens

Make sure the leafy greens are washed, spun or patted dry, and ready to go.

green smoothie prep: what you need to get started

 

Step 2: Slice or cut fruit into chunks.

smoothie prep: cut fruit in small pieces

 

Step 3: Label bag and jar lids with name and date.

Be specific. You might also want to include how much of which liquid gets blended with each smoothie pack. (I keep my recipe cards handy for this purpose also.)

smoothie prep: label bags or jars

 

Step 4: Measure out the ingredients and pack into jars or bags.

Remove as much air as possible from bags when sealing closed. Pack fruit and greens tightly into the jars and screw on the lids.

smoothie prep: measure out ingredients

smoothie prep: layer fruit in jars or bags

 

Step 5: Place in freezer.

Don’t pack too tightly together. There should be some air circulation. That will help the contents to freeze quickly.
smoothie prep: place jars and bags in freezer

More Green Smoothie Prep tips:


    • 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.

 

    • Before blending, 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.

 

    • Store greens and fruit separately, if desired. Pack washed and dried greens tightly into freezer bags or jars. Due to the nature of the freezing process, you will need to measure out slightly less frozen greens than fresh.

 

    • 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.

 

  • Smoothies can be blended and then frozen 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 green smoothie packs for freezing

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  1. Mary

    May 16th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I love your photography, so beautiful.

  2. Kristina

    May 16th, 2014 at 11:22 am

    awesome idea, I have been lax on my green smoothies cuz it’s hard to get my act together in the morning AND I usually have a baby on my hip or a toddler pulling at my arm or both!!!! I am going to make a bunch up after the kids are in bed!

  3. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 19th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Go for it, Kristina!

  4. Linda

    May 16th, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I have a question regarding stevia. I just bought a plant and was wondering if anyone has used it to sweeten your smoothies. I try not to use too much fruit do to the high sugars so I thought maybe that would work.

  5. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 19th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Hi Linda,
    We don’t prefer adding sweeteners—even stevia… But do what works best for you! Our green smoothie habits are simply recommendations 🙂

  6. Tish

    May 19th, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I love the green smoothies and found doing the prepping ahead of time so helpful. I had surgery recently and made up a months worth of baggies with ingredients so my husband would only have to push the button on the VitaMix. Worked like a dream! Love you guys and the 30 day challange….I’ve done 2 so far!

  7. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 19th, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Keep it up, Tish!

  8. Julia

    May 19th, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I got a question. In the 5 elements theory, frozen products have not much energy left? I am know a bit worried about loosing all the good energy again, when freezing the greens and fruits.

  9. Nakia

    May 19th, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Thanks for this tip, I freeze my fruit but didn’t know I could freeze my greens!

  10. Glates

    May 19th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Hi, I love green smoothies but I have been using spinach,kale, half of avocado, frozen pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, whole banana, fresh strawberries, some sliced almonds, chia seeds, whole kiwi and 1 cup of orange juice in one smoothie. Is this too much in one? Is this a lot of calories? I ask because I am not seeing weight loss.. Thanks…

  11. Fantastic49

    May 20th, 2014 at 9:00 am

    there is a great deal of fat and a lot of sugar/calories for one smoothie. i use many of the same ingredients and see weight loss. if you nix the banana altogether, use 1/4 avocado instead of 1/2, remove the almonds and replace the juice with water, that should help. i would also be mindful not use too many chia seeds.

  12. Glates

    May 20th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I replied earlier but just in case. Thanks so much for the advice. I appreciate it and will try your suggestions…

  13. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 20th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Glates!
    It does seem like a lot for one smoothie. We recommend staying to one leafy green, one liquid, and 2-3 fruits/veggies. We also try to stay to 16 ounces of green smoothie for one serving. Hope this helps!

  14. Glates

    May 20th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks… I was wondering if it was too much and may be full of too many calories to lose weight….

  15. Glates

    May 19th, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I love the idea of putting all together in a ziploc bag. Your photo appears so clear seeing separation of ingredients. Are you freezing before placing in the bags? I assume having the greens on top allows for blending first with liquid, am I correct?

  16. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 20th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Glates!
    You can freeze some of the items on a tray for 15 minutes before adding to the jar or bag if you’d like. It helps the items not freeze together!

  17. Darlene

    May 20th, 2014 at 6:16 am

    I have been doing for months now never seen a recipe with carrots do you ever use them

  18. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 20th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Check this out, Darlene!

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/carrots

  19. Darlene

    May 20th, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Never seen you guys use carrots. Do you

  20. Glates

    May 20th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    FANTASTIC49, Thanks for the advice. I will try your suggestion. I appreciate all advice…

  21. Rachael

    May 20th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing the tips using glass bottles. I will try. Indeed, I use zip bags and just stack them up in freezer.

  22. Jocelyn

    June 19th, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Using reusable jars is much better for the environment than disposable plastic bags (unless, of course, you’re rinsing and reusing your bags!).

  23. Perla

    May 21st, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Terrific! This was a big help for me to prep. Wow it was much easier to just get them out of the freezer and go. Thank you very much for the suggestions.
    have a wonderful day!

    Peace. Love and Leafy Greens

  24. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 21st, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Glad it was helpful, Perla!

  25. Crystal

    May 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Great idea with preparing in advance. I have cut up some of my fruit in the past but they turn brown after I cut them up. How can I prevent this from happening in the future?

  26. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Hi Crystal!
    Try cutting up a bit smaller, and also try flash freezing them on a cookie sheet first. That may help!

  27. Demetra

    May 24th, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    For bananas put lemon juice on before freezing.

  28. Jesse

    May 27th, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Make sure that your jars are freezer safe.

  29. Cyndi

    May 29th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    How many smoothies does a prepped quart make?

  30. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 29th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Usually two, Cyndi!

  31. Jim

    May 29th, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Can you use vacuum seal bags?

  32. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 30th, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Sure can!

  33. Crystal

    May 30th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I am allergic to coconut and avocado … What are recommended substitute

  34. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 30th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    It really depends on the smoothie, Crystal. Did you have a specific smoothie in mind?

  35. Celestial Health Coaching

    May 31st, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Love advance prep for healthy meals during the week! I like to add some chia seeds, protein powder or some other yummies too. I have even blended the smoothie and then frozen them already blended in freezer zip lock bags. I take them out of the freezer and let them thaw to put in a cup and drink. Delicious and nutritious!

  36. Pat

    June 8th, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I have been making smoothies ahead for years! Love that a regular mouth mason jar fits right on a blender. No need to transfer to different containers. Just pull the jar out of the freezer, add in my almond milk (or other liquid), screw on blender blades and voila!!

  37. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    June 9th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Isn’t that crazy, Pat?! Great tip.

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