An easy way to make frozen green smoothie packs using produce from Walmart, Costco, or even ALDI! Meal prep smoothies for the freezer to save time later!
Don’t you just love it when you find a way to do something you already do, but faster?
My family and I have been drinking smoothies on a daily basis for a long time. Once I mastered the art of a perfect green smoothie, the whole family got on board!
Recently though, I discovered how to make frozen smoothie packs and let me tell you this – it will change your smoothie-loving life!
Reasons to Love Frozen Smoothie Packs
“Changing your life” might sound like an exaggeration, but I assure you, it’s not! Here’s why I love to have frozen smoothie packs on hand:
- Breakfast is ready in minutes. With smoothie packs in the freezer, I can have a smoothie ready in less than two minutes.
- They save me money. The amount of produce we throw away is minimal because anything and everything that can be blended is!
- Endless flavors. You can try new fruit and vegetable combinations so you never run out of flavors to try.
- Cheap source of protein. When you use some of these cheap sources of protein, you can create a smoothie that can easily replace a meal.
- Easy to make. You need ZERO skills to make frozen smoothie packs. Literally – you just put the ingredients in a bag!
- It’s like dessert, for breakfast! A smoothie made with frozen fruit has the texture of a milkshake, and it makes breakfast a huge treat!
- Quick snacks. Afterschool snack time is a breeze when I have a few different flavors ready to go in the freezer.
How to Make-Ahead Smoothie Prep Packs
You CAN make a smoothie prep pack by just dumping your ingredients into a bag and calling it done. But to be honest, that’s not the best way.
Here are my best tips for making smoothie prep packs so that making a smoothie, later on, is super fast and super easy.
- Cut produce into 1-2” pieces. I have a Blendtec, a high-powered blender that’s known for turning an iPhone into dust. It’s capable of blending anything into a smooth, creamy butter. However, I recommend cutting all produce into 1-2” pieces to avoid frozen chunks in the end, especially if you don’t have a Blendtec (or Vitamix).
- Pack fruit or vegetable chunks first. Putting big chunks in the bottom of the bag gives you leverage to break them apart when they freeze together (which they will).
- Greens go in last. Yes, I know the greens are in the bottom in my pictures (blame Pinterest!), but putting the greens in last makes it easier to get everything out of the bag and into your blender jar.
- Don’t pack your liquids. A great way to save money is to freeze small amounts of leftover milk or juice in ice cube trays. However, your blender needs some amount of liquid in order to blend properly. When you use the frozen chunks of milk or juice, your smoothie comes out more icy than creamy. (See my tips below for how to use up those cubes!)
- Don’t pack your smoothie booster. Here are a few easy ways to sneak extra nutrition into smoothies, but you don’t necessarily want to pack them all in the smoothie bag. Powders and small seeds get stuck in the bag and you won’t really know how much ends up in your smoothie.
- Plastic bags are preferred over glass jars. Here’s how you can freeze glass jars without breaking them, but to be honest you can save a lot of room in the freezer by using plastic bags. They don’t get hot, so you don’t have to worry about BPA. Plus if you pack them the right way, you only need a quick rinse to clean them. I re-use my smoothie pack plastic bags until they don’t seal anymore!
Tips for Making Smoothie Packs
I’ve been making smoothies for a long time and while I’ve shared a ton of tips on making high protein smoothies without relying on protein powder in my eBook High Protein No Powder, there are a few tips and tricks I wanted to share here.
- Put frozen cubes of milk or juice in the blender ahead of time to thaw. The best smoothies start with some sort of liquid (everything can’t be frozen solid otherwise the blender will not work). Definitely use the frozen cubes of leftover milk or juice, but toss them in the blender either the night before or even just 10-15 minutes before you blend.
- Add your powders last. To prevent getting them stuck at the bottom of the jar, make sure you measure your powders last after you’ve put in your frozen smoothie pack into the blender.
- Don’t forget the spices! A sprinkle of cinnamon or vanilla powder or even nutmeg can make some amazing flavor combinations.
- Smoothies are best fresh. No doubt, smoothies taste best freshly made. If you HAVE to make it ahead of time, make it no sooner than the night before. That’s why making smoothie packs is so helpful – you can blend it up quickly in the morning!
- Keep a smoothie tub in the fridge. This is for any uneaten pieces that toddlers and new recipes tend to leave behind. Collect the pieces and either make a smoothie when it’s full OR freeze the fruit for a future smoothie. Be sure to follow the other tips for the smoothie packs!
- Invest in good tools. Not everyone has the budget to invest, but when you’re ready to, here’s what I recommend:
How to Make Your Frozen Fruit Smoothie Healthier (including an acai smoothie pack)
Fruit alone is healthy, but there are a few ways to boost the nutrition of a smoothie to really pack in the vitamins and minerals:
- Grass-fed Collagen. One scoop of collagen packs 10g of protein and is proven to help hair grow long and nails grow strong! After a side-by-side test, I now only buy grass-fed collagen from Perfect Supplements. Right now through August 8, 2019, all Perfect Brand products are 30% off. PLUS Crumbs readers can save an additional 10% when they use coupon code CRUMBS10. That means you save nearly 40%!! Click HERE to shop for grass-fed collagen.
- Flax Seed. Flax seeds, ground or whole, have a nutty taste that works well with nut butter smoothies. I’ve shared the nutritional benefits of flaxseed, and as a bonus, they make great egg-replacers!
- Acai Powder. Acai berries are packed with antioxidants. However, acai pulp can have added ingredients, including sugar, so I recommend buying acai powder. I get mine at Perfect Supplements as well and stock up when there’s a sale (like right now!).
- Nut Butters. Nut butters are great for their fat content (more than protein). Since a little bit goes a long way in terms of flavor, just a tablespoon or two can transform a plain smoothie into a super-rich smoothie worthy of being called a meal.
- Yogurt. Yogurt is high in protein and helps make smoothies creamy. Fresh yogurt is best, but you can also use frozen yogurt. (Here’s how to freeze yogurt.)
- Rolled Oats. You only need a ¼ cup to make a smoothie “stick to your bones.” And most kids don’t even notice it!
Favorite Flavors to Meal Prep Smoothies
My most creative flavors are in my eBook High Protein No Powder, but here are some tried-and-true flavors to get you started:
- Cheesecake Blueberry Smoothie
- The Best Green Smoothie Recipe for Beginners
- Green Maca Smoothie
- Strawberry Detox Smoothie
- Eggnog Smoothie
Continue Reading…How to Make Frozen Smoothie Packs