Convenient AND delicious!
We’re always looking for ways to reduce time in the kitchen and simplify healthy eating, especially during busy mornings throughout the week.
Smoothies are the perfect nutrient-dense breakfast. Drinking just one a day has the power to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, strengthen your immune system and boost your energy.
These make-ahead smoothie packs are an easy way to prep smoothies in advance. You’ll save time and take the guesswork out of what to put into the blender during hectic mornings throughout the week. When you’re ready to blend, all you have to do is grab one from the freezer, dump it into your high-powered blender and add your liquid of choice. These freezer packs will change your smoothie-loving life!
Flavor them to your liking
One of the best parts about smoothies is their versatility. You can literally add as much or as little of an ingredient as you prefer. If you’re not a fan of bananas, swap them out for a fruit you enjoy. The same goes for other ingredients, such as spinach with kale or almond butter with the nut butter of your choosing.
Items we love for smoothie packs
- Reusable silicone bags: We prefer baggies over glass jars because they save a lot of room in the freezer. Whether packing our ingredients in reusable silicone bags or good old freezer baggies, we give them a quick rinse after each use to clean them. We reuse our smoothie bags until they no longer seal.
- High-speed blender
- Bag opener to fill your packs
- Labels/sharpies to label/date your packs
Freezing produce for your smoothie packs
If using fresh fruit or veggies, flash freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once the fruit is flash frozen (about 1 hour), then portion it out. This prevents your smoothie packs from becoming a big block of frozen fruits and veggies. If you’re using pre-frozen produce, skip this step.
How to build your own smoothie packs
- Pick one of the recipes below or get creative and concoct your own combination of fruits and veggies.
- Place ingredients for each individual smoothie flavor, except for the liquid, in plastic bags. We recommend packing your fruits and veggies first and your greens last. Work quickly so your produce doesn’t defrost. Press any air out of the bag and seal. Pro tip: You can use a straw to suck the air out.
- Label and date your packs so you know what flavor smoothie you’re grabbing out of the freezer each morning.
- Place bags in the freezer until ready to use.
Adding wet or dry ingredients to boost your smoothie’s nutrition
We’ve found that wet/sticky or dry ingredients like almond butter, yogurt, nuts, seeds, cacao powder, etc., tend to get stuck to the inside of the bag when they’re added to the freezer packs. So you don’t miss out on any of the nutritional benefits, wait to add any wet, sticky or dry ingredients until pouring your smoothie pack into the blender.
Time-saving tips for storing dry ingredients:
- If you’re adding dry ingredients to “supercharge” your smoothie, pre-mix them into a large container.
- If you prefer the mix-and-match approach and like to choose dry ingredients based on the flavor smoothie you’re blending, pour them into individual containers or baggies. Clear out a drawer in your kitchen or use a clear plastic bin or basket in your pantry to efficiently store them so they stay organized and can be pulled out as needed.
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible. Some of our favorite dry ingredients to boost nutrition (and health benefits):
- Bee pollen
- Flax meal
- Matcha (green tea powder)
- Spices such as cinnamon and turmeric
- Cacao powder and cacao nibs
- Hemp seeds
- Chia seeds
- Acai powder
- Goji berries
More easy meal prep recipes to try:
- Apple Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
- Easy Egg Casserole (Prep Ahead + Low-Carb)
- Southwestern Breakfast Burritos (+ How to Make a Big Batch of Frozen Burritos)
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Snack Bites (No Bake + Can Be Made Into Bars)
- Homemade Granola Bars
- 5 Healthy, Freezer-Friendly Breakfasts that Will Make Your Morning a Breeze