One of the reasons I am embracing a more vegetarian diet is to simplify my life, limit my time in the kitchen, and to re-define my relationship with food.
Breakfast could be the most challenging part of any lifestyle. Smoothies allow you to get your nutrients while taking little to prepare.
I don’t know about you, but the chopping and dicing are a chore after a while. Make ahead smoothie recipes are a lifesaver.
At a convenient time, you can at one go chop and dice everything and pack them away in a freezer (remember to label packs).
You also have an option of blending everything and freezing your ready-made smoothies.
Can you make smoothies ahead of time?
You can meal plan smoothies just like any other food, making it quick and easy to pop the ingredients in the blender in the morning or during the day. The smoothie packs make it simple.
Just grab some sealable freezer bags to make your life easy.
Below are the smoothies that can be easily made ahead of time:
Easy Make Ahead Smoothie Recipes
Banana and Blueberries Smoothie
The first smoothie pack you can get ready is a simple one that includes bananas and blueberries. It is great because, while it only contains two different fruits, it will pack a massive nutrient punch. Blueberries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can get your hand on, and also happens to be a leading source of antioxidants. Bananas are also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals. All you need is to add blueberries and sliced banana to a freezer bag.
Tropical Fruit Smoothies
If you want more of a variety with your smoothies, consider making one with tropical fruits. This provides a lot of room for customization, according to what your favorite tropical fruits
are. Consider including are pineapple, papaya, mango, and kiwi. Then if you want it to be more filling and nutritious, you can add some greens, which will still be covered by the taste of all those sweet fruits.
You can get a smoothie pack ready that allows you to make a green smoothie as well. Green smoothies are an excellent option for getting lots of fruits and veggies in your diet, even if you
are not accustomed to having a lot of them with your meals or snacks. You can include greens like spinach and kale, along with any veggies you want, such as broccoli, carrots, and cucumber.
It won’t taste too much like a veggie smoothie as long as you add a sweet fruit like apples to the blender.
This is one of the most popular make ahead smoothie recipes. My daughter (10) loves it, and it works well for me. Because of the spinach/kale, the smoothie packs decent Iron levels. This is how I make mine:
Berry and Grapefruit Smoothie
For an all-fruits smoothie, consider going with berries of your choice and some grapefruit. You can either add the fruit sliced up in a freezer bag, or you can have a bag of just berries, then when making your smoothie, add grapefruit juice instead of actual grapefruit pieces. Berries like blueberries,strawberries, and raspberries taste great when going alongside grapefruit.
It is the only way I can down grapefruit.
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Watermelon, Grapes, and Kiwi
This is an example of a fun smoothie pack you can make that includes a simple variety of fruits. You can see that while the fruits might not traditionally go together, it can use any fruits you happen to have in your fridge when prepping the freezer bags. Throw in some kiwi, a few grapes, and leftover
slices of watermelon and you have the start to a delicious plant-based smoothie.
I love that this smoothie pack won’t require much liquid, as all the fruits have a very high water content.
Would you rather blend the smoothies ahead of time?
I don’t see why not. Just don’t store them for weeks on end. If you want to make and blend your smoothies ahead, invest in freezer safe Mason Jars.
Do you love these make ahead smoothie recipes? What are your favorite smoothies? Let’s pin!