How to pack a smoothie for lunch

You’re going to love today’s lunch idea! I’m sharing how to pack a smoothie for lunch plus a healthy, dessert-inspired smoothie recipe you’re definitely going to want to try!

Packing a smoothie in yours or your child’s lunch box is a lot easier than you might think!

No more paying for overpriced smoothies, this is the perfect solution whether you want to pack a smoothie in your child’s lunch bag or enjoy it on-the-go!

How to Keep a Smoothie Cold Until Lunch

Every once in awhile it’s nice to forgo the usual sandwiches and wraps for something cold and refreshing. Smoothies are a smart way to get a ton of fiber, protein, and vitamins in one delicious serving, and you can pack them for lunch! If you pack them correctly, it’s not too difficult to keep your smoothie cold and fresh and your other food warm and ready for lunchtime! It all starts with freezing your smoothie.

You can see how I pack lunchboxes to keep smoothies cold here:

Top Smoothie Bottles, Cups and Containers

You might be curious about the best smoothie containers so I’ll mention a few of my personal favorites.

1. Thermos Container
Place a thermos container in the freezer overnight. In the morning, fill it with your choice of smoothie and pack it into the lunch bag. It acts as a freezer pack, and by the time noon rolls around, the smoothie will be a perfect consistency. I like using thermoses to pack smoothies. Instead of plastic bottles, which don’t work well in the freezer, thermoses keep ingredients properly sealed and cold for hours.

2. Freezer Cups
These are great for when you don’t have thermoses. It comes with a screw-top lid and seals, so nothing spills in the lunch bag.

Best Smoothies for Kids

Now we are getting to the good stuff! Not only do these smoothies taste incredible, they are made with healthy, high-fiber ingredients and low in sugar.

Protein Smoothies for Kids

Smoothies can be an optimal source of protein if you choose to add options such as chia seeds, Greek yogurt, or protein powder. I’m very particular about which ones I use, but I’ve found this one to be top-notch in quality and flavor. Here are our top tried and true protein smoothies:

Here’s a delicious coconut pie smoothie to get you started packing smoothie lunches today!

Coconut Pie Lunchbox Smoothie

Simple and delicious coconut pie smoothie recipe that’s perfect to pack in a lunchbox for school or the office.

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: drinks


  • 3 bananas
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 14 ounce can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup ice


  1. In a blender, combine bananas, almond butter, coconut milk, coconut flakes, and vanilla.
  2. Blend well. Add ice and blend. If it’s too thick, add more coconut milk or water.
  3. Pour into tall glasses and enjoy.
  4. If packing for lunch, divide the smoothie between chilled thermos containers and pack into lunch bags.



About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!

16 thoughts on “How to pack a smoothie for lunch”

  1. NadineAdele says:

    When freezing a thermos funtainer do you leave the lid screwed on or off? Or just freeze without the lid? Thank you

    1. I freeze it without the lid. I keep the lid in the counter or drawer.

  2. Stacie says:

    Great tip! In one morning I’ve learnt you can freeze spinach AND thermos’s (thermosi?) LOL. As much as we love the PB recipe, our schools are nut/peanut free, so that isn’t an option. I believe they even banned Wowbutter, but I need to double check that.

    1. MOMables says:

      the tip can be used with any smoothie recipe :)

  3. Evellyn says:

    Helli! I loved this idea! But I would need to prepare the smoothie at 7 am and my kid would drink it at around 3 pm. Do you think it could go bad??

    1. MOMables says:

      I do this all the time. the key is to freeze your container and keep it out of the sun for prolonged storage. Most containers will tell you the time they keep the drink cold

  4. K LeGallais says:

    What I do is make the smoothie the night/day before, divide it up into freeze able cups with lids and put in freezer. In the morning I take one out and put it in his lunch…. By the time lunch rolls around it’s the perfect consistency. Works great!

  5. Billy says:





    1. MOMables says:

      So glad you liked it!

  6. Tracy Hofmann says:

    Hi. What size thermos is that? Just wondering what would fit in the lunch pack.

    1. MOMables says:

      That is a thermos funtainer. check them out here.

  7. Simone Williams says:

    I love the idea of packing the smoothie for lunch. My teenage daughter doesn’t want to eat much for lunch (or breakfast for that matter) but she loves smoothies. I will definitely try this when school starts. What brand Thermos is that? I’m always afraid they will leak.

    1. MOMables says:

      Simone, check out our Amazon Store. I use the thermos brand. they also have a bigger adult thermos.

  8. Sally says:

    I never would have thought to pack a smoothie for lunch. Love this!

    1. Laura says:

      let us know what your kid’s favorite smoothie is! :)

      1. Kate says:

        Green Smoothie! Spinach, baby carrot, peaches, strawberries, and apple juice. The spinach makes it green and has vitamin k, and tastes great because of the fruit!

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