Easy Make-Ahead Recipe: Fruit & Veggie Smoothie Kits

by Emilie on April 11, 2013

Make Ahead Smoothie Kits



We came up with the idea for these easy make-ahead smoothies this year when my son started school and our mornings got crazy. My husband is gone before anybody wakes up which leaves me one hour to get myself and three kids five and under fed, dressed, packed up for the day and out the door. I found myself falling in to the temptation of offering cereal and a banana every morning often enough that we wanted to have some healthier options for a quick breakfast.

Inspired by an expensive, sugar-filled smoothie kit I saw in the freezer section at the grocery store, we created our own smoothie kits. Basically, I put all the smoothie ingredients ahead of time in quart size freezer Ziploc bags and then throw it in the blender, add milk and yogurt and voila, a one minute healthy breakfast option.

The recipe below is basically what I’ve been using as a base.  You can change it anyway you want for your family.  Get creative and experiment to see what is yummy.  This recipe will make a good smoothie and you can add anything fresh you have in to your blender the day you make it.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Sliced Banana
1/2 Cup Pineapple
4 Green Ice Cubes (see below) or 1-2 cup Greens (Spinach, Kale, Chard)
2 Tbsp Flax Seed

Make-Ahead Smoothie Kits

Directions:

Combine all above ingredients in freezer bags, seal and freeze. When ready to use, pull out bag, put in blender and add 1 – 1.5 cups of liquid.  I use homemade almond milk and when we have it, I add 1/2 a cup of homemade yogurt. Blend and drink! Makes 4-5 smoothies (approximately 8 ounces). If smoothie is too thick, add more liquid.

Tips

  • I mention in the recipe that I start with some frozen ingredients.  If everything is thrown in the bag before being frozen, it will all clump together and is hard to get out of the bag and can jam up your blender.  I find that if 1/2 of my ingredients have already been flash frozen, I can throw the others in and it still separates easy when I put it in the blender. I’d suggest you flash freeze some of your ingredients before putting them in the kits if you don’t have a powerful blender like a Blendtec or VitamixSpeaking of the Blendtec, that is the blender I use.  You can read all about my love for it here.
  • I mentioned my green ice cubes. Basically, in the summer when I have lots of fresh produce and greens in my garden I puree them in the blender with a little water and pour them in ice cube trays, pop them out and put them in a Ziploc for the times I don’t have fresh greens.  I throw them in pasta, smoothies and soups.
  • You can use any liquid you like. Some ideas are almond milk, coconut milk, whole or non-fat milk, rice milk, orange juice, or apple juice.
  • Add and omit ingredients based on what you like and have in your kitchen.

Optional Add-Ins 

Feel free to experiment and add anything you like in smoothies! We would love to hear your suggestions on what you like to throw in. These are a few items I’ve added in the past.

Hemp Seed
Chia Seeds
Avocado
Any fruit (pineapple core is yummy!)
Raw Steel Cut Oats
Wheat Germ

If you’re looking for more breakfast ideas, check out our Recipe Box.  Last week I also posted on another make-ahead recipe we make, No-Cook Overnight Steel Cut Oats with Banana, Peanut Butter & Coconut.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Faith April 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I put yogurt in ice cube trays and freeze them. Then you can add them to the bag also. I add 3 cubes.

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Emilie April 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

That is a perfect way to use up yogurt that is about to expire or when you make too much homemade yogurt. Thank you! What do you use for liquid?

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Faith April 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I usually use orange juice. However my son doesn’t like a lot of fruit so for him I start with rice milk, Vanilla yogurt, frozen bananas, peanut butter and ice. It is his favorite. I also make a pumpkin smoothy that tastes like pumpkin pie. I have made my husband a smoothie every morning for 15 years and they always taste different.

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Emilie April 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I have a pumpkin smoothie we do also, it’s one of my favorites!! http://www.beautifulfrugallife.com/2012/10/recipe-from-bites-pumpkin-smoothie/

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Faith April 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Emilie do you think it saves you money to make your own yogurt? Also what yogurt maker do you use and do you have more than one. We go through a lot of yogurt.

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Emilie April 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Yes! No doubt! I use this recipe that can’t be messed up in the crockpot. So easy! I usually wait until I find organic whole milk on clearance at about $2 – $3 a gallon. So, $2-$3 for a gallon of yogurt is a steal! http://www.beautifulfrugallife.com/2012/05/recipe-from-bites-yogurt-in-the-crockpot/

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Faith April 11, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I also reuse the bags. I pour the items in the blender and put the bag back in the freezer door. This way they are not sticky and drippy. When I make they up again I can grab them out of the freezer and fill them up. As long as you do this in a timely matter the bags never defrost and get sticky. I also started taking all the bananas when they get extra rip and the kids won’t touch them and thrown them in the freezer. I first break them into 3 or 4 pieces.

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Magan April 11, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I often use coconut water as the liquid in my smoothies and I use fresh plain kefir which adds more probiotic than yogurt often does.

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Emilie April 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Coconut Water is a great idea, I haven’t tried that! Love Kefir!! I’ve been trying to have fermented foods more of a regular part of our diet and Kefir is one we can all get behind. Thanks! Do you make your own?

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Amy April 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Thanks so much Emilie! What an awesome idea and great way to say time! I love it and can’t wait to try it (plus I can’t wait to try your recipe too)! Thanks! :)

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Amy April 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

save time (sorry for the bad spelling)! :)

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Tabetha October 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

totally dumb question, but I don’t like frozen smoothies. Think I could just refrigerate for the week instead?

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Emilie October 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I don’t think it’s dumb at all! You could make them up ahead for a week and just keep them in the fridge. Great idea!

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