Make-Ahead Green Smoothie Packets

by Sally on December 6, 2013

Make Ahead Green Smoothie Packets from Real Mom NutritionI’ve seen these make-ahead smoothie kits all over Pinterest. But I wasn’t convinced until my friend Kelly recently texted me to report that yes, freezing fresh spinach totally works. Kelly and I, who share a love of green smoothies, often bemoaned the fact that the small box of spinach was never enough–but the jumbo one went bad before we could use it up. These smoothie packets solve that issue.

Another issue they solve: The occasionally bouts of laziness that overcome me when contemplating breakfast. Throwing some fruit and spinach into the blender doesn’t seem like much effort. But, well, you know how it goes.

For these packets, I use quart-size freezer bags (which I wash and reuse). Here’s how I assemble them:

  1. Start with a peeled banana.
  2. Add 1-2 large handfuls of fresh spinach (this is one of the items I buy organic, since spinach tends to be high in pesticide residue and since I eat so much of it).
  3. Add whatever fresh or frozen fruit I have kicking around. Some of my favorite combos: Frozen mango and frozen blueberries, strawberries and purple grapes, frozen blueberries and fresh lemon juice.
  4. Top it off with a tablespoon of flaxseed for some extra fiber and healthy fats.
  5. Freeze or refrigerate.
  6. When you’re ready for your smoothie, dump the contents into a blender along with a cup of cold water or unsweetened almond or coconut milk. A high-speed blender works best at getting everything pulverized–so no spinach bits floating at the top of your drink.

Are you a fan of morning smoothies? Tell me your favorite combinations!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien December 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

Love this idea! I’ve been on a huge smoothie kick lately, but I would definitely save tons of time if I organized them ahead of time. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Jessica December 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Unpeeled banana?

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Sally December 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Sorry! Yes, remove the peel before freezing it. I meant PEELED banana. Just fixed that typo. Yikes!

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Sarah L December 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Wait, please tell me that was a typo and you don’t put unpeeled bananna in your smoothie?! Otherwise, this looks like a fantastic idea. Thank you for sharing.

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Sally December 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Oops, yes a typo! That’s peeled. Will fix right now. THANKS!

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Katie December 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Clever lady!!!!! Pinning this immediately so I don’t forget!

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Cathy December 6, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Could I grind the flaxseed before I put it in the freezer?

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Sally December 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Yes, use ground flaxseed.

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Martha December 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Im allergic to bananas. Any suggestions for alternatives?

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Sally December 6, 2013 at 10:49 pm

You don’t have to use bananas but they lend a nice sweetness and smoothness. You could simply use different kinds of fruit.

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jaya August 11, 2014 at 5:13 am

Hi, you could try pears as they still make it nice and creamy and add a nice sweetness. :)

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Sally August 11, 2014 at 3:20 pm

That’s a great idea, don’t think I’ve ever tried pears.

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Sarah L December 7, 2013 at 12:26 am

Some yogurt is a nice alternative if you want the sweetness and creaminess w/o a banana.

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Sally December 7, 2013 at 7:26 am

Great idea Sarah–thanks!

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Hanna Saltzman December 10, 2013 at 5:56 pm

This is a great idea Sally! I also have the problem of the small spinach bag running out too quickly, while the jumbo spinach bag goes bad….this is a great solution!

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Sally December 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thanks Hanna!

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Allison C. February 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Do you wash the spinach before freezing? Thanks!

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Sally February 18, 2014 at 4:14 pm

I buy the pre-washed kind–and no, I don’t wash it again. I need that timesaver! :)

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Carolyn in NC July 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

My smoothie recipe includes all the same things you do plus 1/2 of an avacado and some chia seed and sometimes I use swiss chard or kale rather than spinach.

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