Freeze ahead Green Smoothies

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My husband and I have recently jumped on the Green Smoothie band wagon! This all came about after I noticed the HUGE amounts of treats I’ve been consuming while on bed rest for the last 5 weeks! Nothing says “Hope you’re surviving the boring weeks ahead of you in bed!” than pie, cookies, breads, candy and everything else I couldn’t say no to! Friends, don’t get me wrong! I loved every last bite of your generous offering and I have my ever expanding rear end to prove it! But there I was, sitting in bed feeling sorry for my growing self when I stumbled upon a green smoothie recipe while searching pinterest for FOOD none the less!

Inspired to get my sweet tooth under control I pinned a few recipes that sounded good and sent my husband to the store! After much tweaking and developing a recipe that we love, we came up with a morning smoothie that fits our taste buds and needs!

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The recipe itself is only half the fun when it comes to making these green smoothies. I was totally inspired by this recipe I found on pinterest and her technique of preparing premade smoothie bags that she freezes and whips up every morning! GENIUS!  Because I can’t be on my feet much throughout the day this was the prefect solution.

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I plopped myself down at the kitchen table surrounded by all the fresh fruit, greens and add ins. I chopped everything up and separated them into freezer bags. Each bag contained the listed ingredients above minus the water and juice concentrate. In 30 minutes I prepared 7 bags of premade smoothies.

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When you are ready to enjoy a smoothie all you do is grab a bag from the freezer, add 2 1/2 cups water and your 1/4 cup juice concentrate. Because all of the other ingredients are frozen it mixes up into the perfect texture! No need to add ice!

This recipe is portioned to create two 20 oz smoothies. Perfect for me and my husband. If you only need one smoothie you can half the recipe and freeze smaller bags or make this recipe, pour half of the blended drink back into the freezer bag to refreeze and thaw out over night.

This technique and morning drink has been life changing! Each morning it takes only 5 minutes to create a healthy meal replacement and vitamin boosting drink AND that includes clean up! 30 minutes once a week and we have 14 smoothies coming our way!

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TIPS: Citrus fruit is easier to peel when it’s not been refrigerated. Be sure to separate the orange segments before you put them in the bags. Limes can be easily peeled once they have been cut. Flax Seed and Soy Protein powder is often sold in bulk for super cheap. I add these powder ingredients last on top of all the cup fruit. It coats the cut fruit int he bag, freezes to it and then all gets dumped into the blender when you are ready to blend. Besides the important greens that are power packed with vitamin C and A, feel free to substitute your fruits to your liking or what’s in season and on sale.

Calorie and protein totals were calculated using this website and are considered to be an approximate calculation.

23 Comments

Comments

  1. 1

    What is your grocery list look like for 7 days worth of smoothies??

  2. 2

    7 apples, 4 oranges, 1 lime, a carton of strawberries, i large bunch of kale, i large bunch of spinach, i bunch parsley, 2 cans juice.

  3. 3

    What a great idea! Do the work once and have yummy treats for weeks to come!

  4. 4

    Are they good? Great stuff always scares me. For sure the make ahead idea if bombs especially to stick with it. I will give it whirl and see what I think.

    • 5

      They taste amazing. You taste way more fruit then anything else. The only green I have ever tasted was a slight hint of parsley. That’s why we added the juice concentrate. We love Orange juice and it flavors it perfectly.

  5. 6

    Ummm. I have not jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon with you, but I envy your desire to be healthy even if it means drinking green slime! Just kidding. Maybe you can make me some when you’re back up and on your feet.

  6. 7

    A great idea indeed. My wife makes me a breakfast smoothie before work each morning and I love them. This idea definitely saves a lot of time from having to prepare from scratch each morning.

  7. 8

    I’m going to have to consider doing this! One thing, though…I’ve heard that soy protein powder should be avoided. I do whey isolate.

  8. 9

    I love green smoothies–and I especially love that you can make a week’s worth ahead of time.

  9. 10

    So, this looks like something I’d have to drink with eyes shut because honestly, I’ve changed diapers that look better than this. But, I’m going to trust you when you say it tastes good and give it a try! :o)

  10. 12

    Thanks for the recipe – I am going to give it a try. I need to get healthier.

    xoxo

  11. 13

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. We can’t wait to give it a try. What is the best type of blender to use?
    Thanks Becca, your blog is always so full of great ideas, tips and recipes!

  12. 14

    This is such a brilliant idea. This is the one part in the mornings that I just could not figure out at all. I love the idea of bagging them first. This will saving me sooooooooo much time in the morning cutting up everything. THANKKKKKKKKK YOOUUUUUUUUU SOOOOOOOO MUCCCCCHHHHHH! You totally rock. I would love it if you would share this fabulous post at our What’s it Wednesday Party. I am going to buy my bags today. Holy cow I am super excited.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  14. 16
    Catherine Pooler says:

    Wow, what a great idea! My kids eat (or is it drink?) smoothies like they are going out of style! I added kale once and it was not good….tons of fruit did not overpower the kale :(

  15. 17

    Hi Becca! I was blessed to have this recipe come across my Facebook Feed this morning. I’m not the brightest when it comes to measurements, so please excuse my ignorance. Just purchased a Nutri-Bullet. I’m excited to try different recipes. Your green smoothie recipe is enough for 2 20 oz smoothies. So is it safe to say that using the Nutri-Bullet I could just split the recipe in half?

    Thanks and I look forward to seeing more of your recipes!!!

    -Kim

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  18. 20

    Love this idea! I am sharing it in a recipe round up on my blog today :) Love your blog, Becca!!

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