DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs

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Love smoothies, but hate the hassle of making them every morning?  You’ll love these easy smoothie freezer packs.

These smoothie freezer packs show you how to make smoothies with frozen fruit and veggies!

All the convenience of the store-bought kind with ingredients YOU select.

These are the perfect addition to healthy lunches.  See how to pack a smoothie. 

I love smoothies, especially green smoothies. You get all the nutrients and benefits of the greens (spinach, or kale for example) along with the taste of your favorite fruits. This is also the perfect way to get your picky eater to drink up some greens.

When my daughter helps me put together the smoothie packs, she is always much more willing to try the smoothies.

While I love smoothies and love to have one every morning, I don’t always have the time to put together a fresh smoothie on the spot. By preparing my smoothie packs ahead of time we can have healthy smoothies ready and at our disposal whenever we need them.

Once a week I like to make a few smoothie freezer packs so that we have ready made smoothies for the rest of the week. You put everything you would want in your smoothie, excluding the liquid base, which you add when you are going to make the smoothie.

Smoothie-Freezer-Pack-ingredients

Freezing the spinach or other greens has no effect on the taste of the smoothie, or on its nutritional value.  Now you can make your favorite smoothie recipe and make it into a freezer ready pack.

When it comes time to make your smoothie you can easily take out one smoothie freezer pack out of your freeze. Blend all the ingredients, in addition to your liquid base, until smooth.  You can either blend your smoothie frozen, or you can defrost the pack in the fridge the night before you make it.

Here I’ve listed one of my favorite recipes with pineapple, mango, clementines and spinach.  Many times I will take my overripe fruits and stick them into the freezer so that they can be added into a smoothie later on.

When it comes time to blend your smoothie I like to blend my greens (which I usually use spinach, kale or a mixture of both) with my liquid base first.  I then add the rest of the fruit and blend until smooth. If you have a high powered blender you might not have to add that extra step.

For my liquid base I like to use one cup of coconut water and one cup of water. I always label my freezer packs with how much liquid I need to add, as a good reminder  in case I’m not the one making the smoothie.

Want to pack a smoothie for your kids lunch? See this post on how to. Smoothies can go great with a MOMables lunch from our MOMables menus.

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DIY Smoothie Freezer Packs
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 heaping cups of Spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups liquid (i.e. 1 cup water, 1 cup coconut water)
Instructions
  1. In a blender combine your spinach and your liquid and blend until spinach is completely broken down.
  2. Add your fruit in batches and blend until completely smooth.
  3. Pour into your desired cups and enjoy!

 

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Comments

  1. Laura says

    Hi, I actually blend up a bunch and then put into containers that are ready to drink out of and then freeze those. I pull them out to take for lunch at work. When I pack lunch I take it out of the freezer, it also acts like my ice box! It is dethawed by lunch and tastes great! Just another idea!

  2. Marybeth says

    I just wanted to thank everyone for all of these great ideas! I kept having to toss old fruit because I wasn’t aware of how to freeze everything correctly and didn’t have the time each morning to make my smoothie. I now have some ready to go bags in my freezer and can’t wait to get back on the “smoothie train” to lose some weight and start feeling better each and every day!!

  3. Stacey says

    A quick tip for spinach! I use a Vitamix and it will pulverize Anything! Lol but to save on ice or if your spinach is getting ready to go bad you can throw it all in the blender till it’s all liquid. Pour the liquid in ice trays and freeze. I empty the “spinach” cubes in a heavy freezer bag, freeze and throw them in my smoothies in as I go/need. It also allows me to use smaller bags for my other items when making freezer packs. Only other suggestion may want to have a spare set of ice trays the spinach can sometimes die them depending on the color of the tray!

  4. Dawn says

    Smoothies are my go-to after the gym, and I add tofu for extra protien. Can I add that in to the freezer packs?

    • says

      Kamini, it doesn’t necessarily have to be frozen fruit. I just happen to use frozen fruit because that is what I have stored in my freezer. However for the smoothie recipe, if you wanted to make it immediately instead of putting them in the packs I would recommend using fruit fruit :)

  5. Indy says

    Oh my word- this is brilliant. I never thought to freeze the greens! I just scored about 3 lbs of spinach for a great price and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. Even our fam of 5 can’t consume it fast enough so I’ve been giving it away to neighbors & friends! Love sharing the love, but this is a great idea too. I think I may even try blending up a big batch and freeze in the cube trays like I do for bebe food. I already do that with my carrot juice cubes & the smoothies are nice and smooth without the nasty ice chunks :]

  6. tori says

    I love this idea….can you tell me what kind of coconut water you are using? I’ve had a hard time finding one that doesn’t taste weird lol. For drinking, I like SoBe. Thanks!

    • says

      Tori, I prefer Vita Coco, but what I found (for me) is that when mixed in the smoothie with all the fruits I can’t taste it as strong.. so that might help the weird taste that you are getting maybe :)

  7. Renee says

    In the summer when fruit is cheaper or free from your garden (raspberries, strawberries) etc. I freeze them in a big square margarine container. As bananas get over ripe I cut them up & add to the container. I’ve chopped up spinach & thrown it in too. Part way through freezing I give it a good shake so it doesn’t freeze in a clump. I just scoop out a cup full or so at a time. If yogurt gets close to the expiry date I freeze it in ice cube trays then throw in a freezer bag/container to add to smoothies later. I also grind oatmeal in my bullet to a fine powder & mix with ground flax & chia seeds & add a scoop of that.

  8. valarie says

    GREAT idea. Do you have a smoothie recipe for D I A B E T I C S ??? My glucose sugar SHOT UP when I first started making smoothies… Fruit is SWEET.

    • Stephanie says

      Add kale and celery. It is delicious. I add some grapes in as my fruit. Adds just the right amount of sweetness without having 3 different fruits.

    • Marlene says

      I have diabetes. I find that if I mix about a cup or half a cup of spinach, half a banana, one half cup cranberries, blueberries, and rasberries or strawberries mixed with real juice cranberry pomegranite half a cup my sugar goes down in the morning from 8.0 to 6 by lunchtime, because these are refined sugar fruits, and real, not canned, which work better on the pancreas!

      • says

        Marlene that is wonderful! I had gestational diabetes and tried to stay away from too much fruit because I was worried about the carb counts!- but that is really really good to know!

  9. Emily Peak says

    great idea; regarding freezing bananas, yes, you can freeze them, and it is advisable to freeze them in the peel. When you’re ready to use them, just run warm or hot water over them, and the peel comes off very easily; the banana will be the normal color. This is the better way to do it also because you can retain some of the inside of the peel in there, which has good nutritional value as well.

  10. Jo Anna says

    I’m a huge smoothie fan and this is really great idea!
    Just a thought on reducing the use of the plastic freezer bags (I realize it’s a promotion of them), think of rinsing them out and re-using the bags (after all, it’s only fruits and veg, right?) or packaging the combos into reusable containers. :)
    Another way to add ‘green’ to your smoothies!

  11. Angi says

    I like to use the frozen fruit it depends on the day what kind of fruit and what kind of liquids I use…almond milk, coconut milk, regular milk, orange juice. I usually also add yogurt.

    • says

      Angi, that is true! My favorite liquids are to use coconut water and water (and sometimes green tea). And I end up using whatever leftover fruits I have in our freezer. But that is why I love smoothies. You can really add whatever you want based on your preferences/allergies!

  12. Heather says

    I love this frozen bag of blender goodies idea, I’ll have to try it!

    I made a delicious smoothie yesterday that I thought I would share!

    a generous handful of fresh spinach
    6-7 fresh peach slices (frozen)
    one serving of Whey Vanilla Protein powder
    around a cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    2tsp of flax seeds (ground)
    and a generous tablespoon of coconut oil

    This was absolutely delicious! It was very filling as well. I use the single serve blender cups with my Ninja blender and I was only able to drink half of the single serve cup, it was so filling and kept me full til lunch time!

    Enjoy! :)

    • says

      Hailey, you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter and get all of our recipes weekly. On the menu bar above click on “free ideas”. we have more smoothies coming out soon!

    • says

      Tiffany, One smoothie pack yields 2 to 3 smoothies, depending on how much you pour. For spinach, use about one heaping cup and for fruit you can choose what you like. Above I used 1 cup of pineapple, 1 cup of mango , two clementines and a banana in one of the recipes.

  13. Heleen says

    Hi,
    Are you sure you can just freeze the fresh spinach. I think I
    read something about cooking it for 2 minutes and then freeze it?!

    • says

      Jenna, the two bags on the right are what we list in the post. The bag on the left has cherries and mixed berries (approx one cup of each) instead of mango, pineapple and clementines. I usually use whatever I have on hand in my freezer that I think will make a good combination.

  14. Lrai says

    Thanks for the great tips! I have a smoothie every morning so to limit the time in the am, I prep the ingredients the night before. This will alleviate the need!
    Question though: can u freeze avocado? I usually put half an avocado in my smoothies for extra creaminess!

    • ginger mom says

      Yes, you can freeze avocados. Mash them a bit and put into ice cube trays. Once frozen, remove them from the trays and put into zippered bags to store in the freezer.

  15. says

    Word to the wise: if I’m freezing items that are wet (like pineapple or mango) I freeze them in a smaller snack size bag so they don’t create one big huge frozen block.

    I am interested in trying this recipe. Thank you for it. I’m usually a blueberry, strawberry, mango, banana, kind of girl!

    • karstant says

      If you freeze them on a cookie sheet before putting them in a freezer bag, you won’t have this problem.

  16. Nancy Owens says

    I always peel, slice and freeze my bananas. They have never turned black. You cannot freeze them in the peel. I learned this the hard way. Lol

    • Eileen says

      I freeze bananas in the peel all the time. Take them out if the freezer & immediately peel with a knife & pop into the blender with other smoothie ingredients. They may be a bit darker than fresh but the taste isn’t altered & the frozen banana gives a really frosty, creamy texture to the smoothie.

  17. Crystal says

    Don’t bananas turn black in the freezer? I think there’s a reason why you can’t get frozen bananas in the store… Maybe keep fresh bananas (which I always do) and just add to the smoothie mix at that time.

    • says

      In the fridge. Give it a good shake when you want to drink it later. It only yields 2-3 smoothies. If it’s just you, consider making smaller packs. :)

  18. Emily S. says

    Could I use OJ instead of coconut water? I wish I liked it, really, but it’s just… gross. :) So is juice an OK substitute?

      • Jacki says

        I make a smoothie based on one of my favorite baby foods that I make.
        Puréed Spinach and Pear
        I use the bullet, so it only makes 1serving.
        1/4 diced frozen banana
        1/2 diced frozen pear
        4 pcs frozen pineapple
        Handful of baby spinach.
        Place all ingredients into Bullet cup and add enough coconut water to cover everything. Twist on the blade and blend.

        (The banana and pineapple add just enough base for sweetness)
        Hope you all enjoy!

  19. says

    What a brilliant idea! I didn’t realise you could freeze spinach. I’ve made a few smoothies the day before & frozen them already blended. Take them from the freezer in the morning & by lunchtime (in the fridge at work) they’re a lovely semi-frozen consistency. Would I be better off blending in the morning nutritionally speaking?

  20. Liesl says

    when you take the bag from the freezer – do you make the smoothy with the ingredients frozen – or wait to defrost?

    • says

      Liesl, you can do it either way! I sometimes let the smoothie pack defrost on the counter for a few minutes before making them, but I usually do it immediately because I like it frozen. :)

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