Smoothies are great, but take awhile to make. Instead, make these Smoothie Meal Prep Packs to freeze and use all week!
Who else loves drinking a morning smoothie?
They can be so refreshing, especially after a morning workout or on a hot Summer morning. I love drinking them- but honestly, I don’t always love the process of making them.
You have to pull out all the ingredients… which if you’re using a lot, it can feel overwhelming. And after you blend, you have to put away all the leftover ingredients.
That may not seem like a big deal. But I have ADHD, which makes things like preparing healthy foods a huge challenge. And if I don’t have an easy way to get in a healthy meal, I probably won’t do it.
That’s why I sometimes meal prep smoothies. I put in a little effort on a high-energy day so that my low-energy future self will have an easier time.
These smoothie freezer packs are super easy to make and you can make them in so many different ways! Add your favorite fruits, some veggies, and other favorite ingredients, and you’ll have healthy smoothies ready to go.
Keep reading to find my top tips on smoothie prep and how I made these easy delicious smoothies.
Why should you drink smoothies?
Smoothies are a great way to get in extra fruits and vegetables! I can’t make a smoothie anymore without adding spinach to it because it’s easy nutrients.
They’re an easy breakfast for busy mornings when you don’t have much time to sit and eat. And when you add some protein and healthy fats, you’ll stay full much longer and your blood sugars will be more stabilized.
- A high-powered blender (Oster is one of my favorite reliable brands)
- Freezer-safe bag: Quart-sized plastic bags would work. Or you could invest in some reusable freezer bags if you’ll do this every week!
- Bag holder: An optional tool, but it’s super helpful in keeping your bags upright as you fill them with ingredients.
The great thing about smoothies is that you can put anything in them and you don’t have to have the same smoothie twice.
These ingredients freeze well inside the freezer bags:
- Fresh fruits or frozen fruits
- Vegetables like spinach, kale, other leafy greens, cucumber, cauliflower rice
- Chia seeds and ground flax seed- dry ingredients tend to do pretty well
- Protein powder
- Peanut butter or other nut butter
And I recommend you keep the following ingredients out until you’re ready to blend:
- Milk, water, or other liquid of choice
- Greek yogurt
My reasoning is that you’ll need some kind of liquid to properly blend the smoothie. You could probably freeze the Greek yogurt, but I just find it easier to add it along with the liquid.
For this particular meal prep session, I used the following ingredients:
- Ground flaxseed
I was using frozen fruit when packaging, but yours don’t have to be. This is just what I already had available.
How to prep smoothie packs
Prepping your own smoothie packs is easy! Here’s the best way to do it.
Prep the bags
Write the date on the outside of the freezer bag. If you want to get specific, you can list all the ingredients. I didn’t care too much, so I just wrote “Smoothie”.
If you’re using a regular plastic bag, use a permanent marker. And if you’re using a reusable bag, use a dry-erase marker. The ink dries pretty well and it washes off easily.
Add the ingredients
It doesn’t matter in what order you put in the ingredients. I have two bag holders, so I was able to do this assembly-line style for all six bags.
I didn’t measure out exactly how much I was putting in, but here’s a rough estimate:
- 1 banana (Use brown bananas for a sweeter taste!)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1 handful spinach
Freeze until ready
Seal the bags tightly, squeezing out any excess air. Lay them flat in the freezer, where they’ll fully freeze in about 3-4 hours.
Add to blender
The next morning, add 1 cup of liquid and 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt to the blender. Then empty the smoothie bag into the blender and blend until fully mixed. Since your ingredients are already frozen, you may not need any ice. And that will help make a creamy smoothie!
Add to mason jars or another favorite cup and enjoy!
How long will these keep in the freezer?
Most foods will stay fresh for up to 3 months in the freezer. You can still use them after that time; but the longer they stay in, the bigger chance they have of getting freezer burn.
Healthy smoothie recipes
These are some of my other favorite smoothies. They have different fruits and other easy ingredients, and you can go an entire week without drinking the same smoothie twice! And you can also use these as make-ahead smoothies for healthy breakfasts.
- Peanut Butter Green Smoothie
- Pineapple Smoothie
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Chocolate Coffee Smoothie
- Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe? Share in the comments and give us more ideas!