The simple answer to the question: can you make a smoothie in advance? is: Yes, you can. You can make a smoothie the night before or months before you’re ready to indulge. Meal prep smoothies can be prepared just like any other food, making it quick and easy to pop the ingredients in the blender in the morning or during the day.
You’re able to do this by making smoothie packs, such as the fruit smoothie recipes below. But first…
What will you need to make a smoothie in advance?
Freezer ice pops or popsicle molds (optional)
The push-up popsicle molds are ideal for kids when you want to give them a healthy smoothie for snack.
Here’s how to go about preparing a smoothie in advance:
- Place your ingredients in the bags (in individual serving portions if you prefer)
For example, you can place all the ingredients together in individual containers for a particular recipe. Or you can cut up each fruit or vegetable and place them in individual bags.
When you’re ready for your smoothie, just remove the container from the freezer and plop the ingredients into the blender.
Prepping your smoothie this way allows it to last longer rather than blending then freezing. This method lasts much longer than if you blended then stored.
Still, if you prefer to blend then freeze…
- Prepare you smoothie then place it in its container—whether the mason jar, the popsicle mold or freezer bag.
The night before you plan to drink the smoothie, defrost it in the refrigerator.
If you just want to make a smoothie the night before in preparation for the following day and don’t require freezing, blend the smoothie, pour into the mason jar and refrigerate overnight.
To make a smoothie in advance, here are five fruit smoothie recipes to get you started:
1. Blueberries and banana smoothie
The first smoothie pack you can make ahead is a simple one that includes bananas and blueberries.
What makes this fruit smoothie so great is that it contains only two different fruits while still packing nutrient punch.
Blueberries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat. They also happen to be a leading source of antioxidants.
Bananas are also loaded with lots of vitamins and minerals.
- All you need to do is prepare the blueberries and sliced banana to a freezer bag.
- Then in the morning, grab the blender to do its work.
You can do your blending the night before and store in a mason jar or grab the blender in the morning and make your smoothie.
2. Make ahead tropical smoothie
If you want more of a variety with your smoothies, consider making one with tropical fruits. This provides a lot of room for customization.
Some fruits to consider including in your fruit smoothies are:
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.
3. Berry and grapefruit fruit 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.
4. Watermelon, grapes, and kiwi
Now here’s an example of a fun fruit smoothie pack that you can make in advance. It includes a simple variety of fruits…
While the fruits listed above may not traditionally go together, you can use any fruits you happen to have in your fridge when prepping the freezer bags.
Add the kiwi, a few grapes, and leftover slices of watermelon and you have the start to a delicious plant-based smoothies.
5. Meal prep green smoothies
Green smoothies are an excellent option for getting lots of fruits and veggies in your diet, even if you’re unaccustomed to having a lot of them with your meals or snacks.
You can include greens like
Add any other you like, including…
- and cucumber
To make it more palatable if you don’t go for a lot of vegetables just…
- add a sweet fruit like apples to the blender
Like all meal prep, to make a smoothie in advance saves a lot of time and makes life easier. So go ahead and make a smoothie the night before—if only to simplify your life.