Can you make your smoothie the night before?
Having a smoothie after your workout or for breakfast is a super-healthy rockstar move. I tell my clients to drink a green smoothie at least 5 times a week or even daily if they can swing it.
But many worry about not having time to make them in the morning. This can get people stuck.
So today I’m sharing my number 1 smoothie trick that saves me loads of time and allows me to easily make smoothies for a whole month!
That trick is smoothie prepping!
Here’s what you will need:
- freezer safe Ziploc bags (gallon size) or mason jars (32 oz.); both work well to keep everything fresh.
- dark leafy green of your choice (or mix it up)
- fruit (seasonal is best if possible)
- a good base such as a banana
Now for the prepping magic:
- Chop and measure smoothie ingredients according to your recipe. If using a mason jar, start with fruits and then add leafy greens last so they are towards the lid. Oh and don’t add the liquid or protein powder yet. Wait until you are ready to blend.
- Place all ingredients in the mason jar or Ziploc bag.
- Label with the name of recipe (or ingredients) and date. Also add notes about any additional ingredients you’ll need to add when you’re ready to blend it up.
- Store in freezer for up to 6 months.
When you’re ready to make a smoothie…
- Remove bag or jar from freezer and pour ingredients into blender along with the liquid and powder (if you are adding). I prefer almond or coconut milk for the liquids and Vega powder for protein. If possible, layer your smoothie in the blender with liquid first (I prefer almond or coconut milk, but you can also use filtered water or coconut water), then add the greens, then the fruit (you can also use veggies), and lastly the protein powder, nut butter, flaxseeds, chia…and ice.Blend and drink up. Or pour into your smoothie jar and save for later! You can make your smoothies ahead of time and store them in a tightly sealed container up to 3 days in the fridge. I like to stick with glass jars or use the Blender Bottle.
For more juicy fruit flavor, you can take your smoothie creation out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost a bit. If you choose to do this, I recommend freezing the dark leafy greens separately from the fruits so they don’t get soggy while defrosting.
And YES! You can freeze avocado. Either puree or cut into chunks before freezing.
What to do if your smoothie is too think?
One thing you can do is to add small amounts of water, nut milk, or juice. Work your machine back up to its highest speed, and process for 10-20 seconds.
Tip for next time: Make sure to follow the formula above to make sure your smoothie is silky smooth, not a goopy mess.
See what you come up with…remember, try all you can to get the smoothie goodness into your body. Even if you made your smoothie a few days ago, it’s waaaay better than a drive-by Dunkin’ Donut coffee or some fast-food breakfast burrito.
Looking for some yummy smoothie recipes? Check these out (plus they curb cravings!).
Do you have a super-cool smoothie trick of your own? Share away in the comments!
If you need another prepping trick, check out How to Make a Salad Jar.