Simple tips and tricks to teach you how to batch prep grab n’ go smoothies quickly. Make them in advance, and enjoy them for the week, or even the whole month!
I’m am definitely an “all or nothing person.”
This can be a good thing.
This can be a bad thing.
Once I let go of calorie counting in favor of eliminating processed ingredients, my very favorite “perk” was immediately breakfast smoothies. Loaded with all kinds of “good for you stuff” that in the past I wouldn’t have touched because, well, peanut butter, chia seeds, yogurt, protein powder, they have calories. Aannnd, in my former life I did not have an understanding of the fact that all calories are not created equally.
In true “ALL or NOTHING” form I immediately subscribed to a smoothie delivery company where I paid exorbitant amounts of money for smoothies the were delivered to my house on dry ice in disposable cups. The idea.. dump the contents of the cup into the blender, add liquid base, blend, pour back into cup. Pretty smart right!! The smoothies contained all kinds of exotic ingredients and boasted HUGE health benefits (which were probably true), but you guys.. did I mention that they cost $1,674,985.. weekly?
It only took about 1 credit card statement before Joe was on to me and my “fancy smoothies” became a distant fond memory.
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner, BUUUUUT.. I recreated them AND they are every bit as convenient as my subscription (ok, ok.. small exaggeration).
Let me go at it again, this time with honesty.
They are every bit as convenient as my subscription, once you spend about an hour assembling them.
You’re going to LOVE this.
Step 1: Pick Your Favorite Recipe
There are 8,000,000 different smoothies out there. Some are good, some not so much. I’m going to share my favorite 3 with you. If you’re new to smoothies start here and then once you get a feel for what you like and what you don’t.. you can branch out on your own!
- The Best Green Smoothie: Simply Sissom
Step 2: Choose A Storage System.
You can go about this in a couple different ways.
- I use THESE CUPS to batch prep my smoothies. They are sturdy enough to hold up to the freezer without cracking and come with lids. They are a bit of an initial investment ($17.99) but I wash and reuse them. I believe I have used them through 3 rounds of smoothie making so far.
- Mason Jars work really well for storing smoothies as well. This is a good option if it isn’t important to you that your smoothie container be disposable. It’s definitely the most “green” option. While I usually rewash our plastic smoothie cups and lids I have to admit that it is nice to be able to toss them in the trash if they get dry and crusty.
- If you don’t want to invest in disposable cups or mason jars, you can also prep the smoothies and store them in Ziplock Bags (make sure to get all the air out). This is a good option if your freezer space is limited. You will just pour your finished smoothie into a regular kitchen cup once it’s blended.
Step 3: Study your smoothie recipe and label your containers.
All smoothie recipes use some type of liquid for a base. The amount and type vary by recipe. DO NOT add the liquid base to your prepped smoothie cups. It will cause everything to freeze into a giant “ice cube” and there is no blender on earth that’s going to turn that into a smooth creamy breakfast.
Below are the ingredients for The BEST Green Smoothie . Almond milk has been highlighted red because it will not be added to my smoothie cups. Instead I will use a black sharpie to write “+ 1 cup almond milk” onto the side of the cup or bag. While you have the sharpie out, you may want to write the name of the smoothie if you are making more than 1 variety. You can remove the sharpie later with fingernail polish remover if you want to reuse the container with a different smoothie recipe.
- Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup leafy greens, 1 banana, 2-3 ice cube, 1 TBS peanut butter, 1 TBS chia seeds, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of ground cinnamon.
Step 4: Prep Your Ingredients.
Helpful Hint.. frozen greens, fruits and veggies get a bad wrap. Often fresh local and/or organic produce isn’t available in the Winter months. Using pre-chopped organic fruits can be a huge time and money saver. Just make sure to check the ingredient list and make sure the the only thing listed is the fruit or vegetable.. no extras!!
- Determine how many smoothies you are going to make (I usually do about 20), then do a little multiplication and determine how much of each fruit and veggie is needed. Wash, peel, chop, etc. Make sure everything is ready to go!
- Lay out any “non-produce” ingredients and make sure you have measuring spoons and cups handy.
Step 5: Measure out the ingredients and load up this jars or bags.
This should go really fast! You’ve already done all of the work! Make sure to remove as much air as possible from bags when sealing them. Pack fruit and greens tightly (a little extra greens never hurt anyone) into the jars and screw on the lids.
Step 6: Place the jars into the freezer.
We are lucky enough that we have a freezer in the basement. 20 smoothies in cups take up a lot of room. If you don’t have extra freezer space.. you should definitely consider using bags instead. They will keep for up to a month in the freezer.
More Smoothie Batching Tips:
- I use a Blendtec High Speed Blender. I bought it refurbished on the Blendtec website and saved about $100. I know, I know, a used blender.. gross! No worries, only the insides are “used.” You get a completely new base, jar, lid, etc. You can’t even tell!
- Before blending, thaw the cups on the counter for a few minutes or run them under some warm water. This will help the jar to empty easier.
- I like to chop the bananas and fruits into manageable chunks.. makes things easier on your blender!
- Blending smoothies is REALLY REALLY loud. I have actually been known to take my blender out on the back deck and make my smoothie so that I don’t wake up the kids. If you prefer to do your blending in the kitchen, you can pre-blend some of your smoothies and store them in the freezer. You will need to use a mason jar, the plastic lids have a hole in the top for a straw and the baggies can get messy. Defrost the smoothie the night before by placing it into the refrigerator. It might separate a little, but it is perfectly safe to drink.
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