Make-Ahead And Freeze Green Smoothies #SilkSmoothie @lovemysilk #Silkbloom

Make-Ahead and Freeze Green Smoothies #silksmoothie @lovemysilk

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Before green smoothies I struggled to get fruits and vegetables in my diet. I am pretty sure I wasn’t even meeting the daily requirements. Of course, I knew eating fruits and vegetables would keep me on track with my healthy lifestyle goals, but seriously a girl can only eat so much broccoli. I tried to include a fruit or vegetable with each meal but unfortunately – more often than not – I would forget. I would try to eat salads for lunch or add spinach to my sandwich but at the end of the day it just wasn’t enough. My body needed much more.

Ironically, I didn’t even realize I was lacking in fruits and vegetables until I started drinking green smoothies. Up until then I thought I was eating healthy. I was losing weight and starting to feel a lot better. However, drinking green smoothies brought my healthy lifestyle to a whole new level. I noticed immediately that I felt hydrated, focused, and had so much more energy. My skin glowed and my body just simply performed better. I felt amazing.

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Since discovering green smoothies I now make it a priority to keep them part of my daily diet. Trust me, if I go more than a couple days without a green smoothie I can feel it. I am tired and completely lack focus. My body begins to crave fruits and veggies like no ones business. I guess that is a good problem to have – it’s better than craving sugar or other processed foods.

Even though green smoothies are easy to make breaking out the blender and all the ingredients first thing in the morning can be a pain. While this doesn’t bother me too much I have notice a couple mornings where I just didn’t have the motivation to make a green smoothie – no matter how good drinking one makes me feel. My solution – as with many foods I love to eat – is to make a huge batch and freeze into portions.

These make-ahead and freeze green smoothies have been my saving grace many days. I am not sure why I did not think of this earlier but now that I know better I do better. Story of my life, right?

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Let me walk you through these make-ahead jars of delicious green goodness.

Most likely you can freeze any green smoothie recipe. I can’t think of a green smoothie ingredient that wouldn’t freeze well. Green smoothie recipes typically include fruits, greens, a liquid, and a power food or two. For this recipe I used a frozen tropical fruit mix, berry mix, banana, greens, almond milk, and chia seeds.

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I prefer frozen fruit because it gives the smoothie that cold slushy taste and texture. If you use fresh you will need to throw a few ice cubes in.

For the liquid I used Silk® Unsweetened Almond Milk. However, I have also used their coconutmilk, soymilk, and even their new cashew milk for my green smoothies. Each one is delicious. So depending on your taste and preference there is a variety to choose from.

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I have been working with Silk products for about a year now and love using them in my smoothies, baking recipes, or even over cereal and granola. They are dairy-free, lactose-free, cholesterol-free, no high fructose syrup, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Also, Silk products are enrolled in and/or verified by the NON-GMO project. Silk milks add great flavor and additional protein to my recipes without added fat or calories so I almost exclusively use them over dairy milk. For more ideas and recipes you can sign up for their newsletter.

For the greens I used kale but you can use spinach, collard greens, or any leafy green you like. Then to give it an additional boost of nutrition I threw in some chia seeds. This adds fiber, protein, and omega fatty acids.

Then I put all the ingredients into my blender. I used about 4 cups fruit, 1 banana, 1 cup Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk, 2 cups kale, 2 tablespoon chia seed. I also added about 1-2 cups of water. Use as much as you need until you get the consistency you like.

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Then I blended it all up into a delicious smoothie.

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For the containers I use pint size glass mason jar containers.

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I know you might be concerned with using glass in the freezer – so was I at first. However, these work great in the freezer as long as you don’t overfill them. There is even a marker on the jar that shows you the liquid limit if you are using them for freezing.

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After the ingredients were blended together I poured the smoothie into the jars, put the lids on and tightly secured them, and place in the freezer.

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I recommend taking a smoothie out of the freezer to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Most likely, it will still be frozen in the morning. Set the jar on the counter and it will thaw in about an hour or so. I put mine on the counter right when I wake up. After I get the kids ready and off to school I enjoy my smoothie. In fact, I am drinking one right now as I type out this!

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After it is thawed give it a couple shakes. This mixes up the ingredients up again. Then enjoy!

The green smoothie consistency after it is frozen is slushy and still very smoothie like. It might be a little thinner but overall it tastes no different than when first poured.

As I said earlier, any green smoothie recipe should freeze great. If you need some ideas check out my green smoothie tutorial.

If you are a smoothie lover – like me – but don’t have time to break out the heavy equipment every morning then give these make-ahead and freeze green smoothies a try. I love having a stash of green smoothies in the freezer. It is very convenient to have these available, especially when you are running short on time. They transport great so you can stick one in your bag and enjoy when you get to work. I even pack these when we are going camping or on a road trip. They help keep the other food cold and make the perfect mid-day snack.

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Comments

  1. Yum! You might still be figuring this out… but how long do they last in the freezer? Just curious 🙂 Thanks!

  2. Does this recipe make the five pint jars as pictured?

  3. Does freezing affect the flavors of the fruits & veggies? Seems to me every time I freeze my fruits they lose the fresh fruity flavors and my greens seem to taste soggy. Maybe it’s just me but the taste seems to change. Is there anything that can be added to help preserve the original flavors without robbing yourself of the nutrition?

    • They do lose their flavor which is why some recommend making a jam with the fruit to preserve the flavor.

  4. I wonder if you can use actual dairy milk–and if a food processor works as well as a blender. Thanks!

  5. What are the calorie, fat, protein and fiber of one smoothie? I need this too incorporate it into my diet

  6. Great idea. I never would have thought to freeze them. I have been making ‘smoothie cubes’ I throw all my greens and fruit, Greek yogurt, freeze them in ice cube trays that way I just add my liquid in the a.m. I like the idea of them being in a jar to grab and go.

  7. I love this idea. I wanted to kno…if u can store the smoothies in a plastic bottle? Very easy to take it to work. I can make 5 smoothies n freeze them..please suggest about d bottles.

  8. how many should you drink per day?

  9. LaTrelle says:

    Thank you. This article is exactly what I was looking for – heading to the kitchen now.

  10. Wow this is great. I love smoothies, but I don’t want to wake up the house to make one in the morning. Thank you so much for the tip.

  11. How many pint size jars should I expect to make from your recipe? I want to have enough clean jars ready ahead of time! It does not say how much this makes!

  12. Kelly McFerran says:

    I fell in love with this idea when I first read about it. I love my daily smoothies, but hate having to make one every single night for the next day. I walk to and from work in the hot Boston summers for about an hour, so I use an awesome Ezisoul Ultimate Stainless Steel Insulated Water bottle to keep my smoothies cold. I’ve tried freezing smoothies twice now and I’m so disappointed. The consistency was terrible when they thawed. They were more like a slushies than smoothies and I couldn’t drink half of them through my straw. What am I doing wrong? The first smoothie had about 2.5 cups of liquid (OJ and almond milk), frozen fruit, spinach, flaxseed, a little macha green tea. The second had 1 cup of almond milk and I added another cup after it thawed hoping more liquid would help. This second smoothie also had an apple, peanut butter, spinach and flaxseed. I feel like I’m using a lot of liquid, but maybe I’m not? Or maybe it’s the flaxseed? Any thoughts?

  13. Using a regular mason jar vs wide mouth, you can thaw it and then it will fit on a regular blender to remix and make a nice slush/smoothie. I have an old (1986) blender that still works like new and my regular mason jars fit it perfectly.

  14. l have made one batch of these so far and I love them! So does my 5 year old. I like that I can put them in the freezer, pull one out at night and have it ready to go before school the next morning. I follow THM (Trim Healthy Mama) and I add a couple scoops of their collagen powder also. I followed the directions with the exception of adding the collagen and I ended up with 6 jars. To the person with the question about if the flaxseed could be messing with the drinkability, I would say yes because flaxseed tends to gel up once it’s soaked.

  15. Do the blended frozen contents of the smoothie lose nutrients when they are defrosting overnight in the fridge?

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