I’ve ween working on this post for weeks and I can’t wait for you to read it today. How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!) is going to make your life just a little bit easier and just a little bit healthier. I started making these smoothie freezer bags a few months ago and they have totally changed my smoothie game!
Here’s the details on freezer smoothie bags. You essentially put everything you need for your smoothie, minus the liquid, into a plastic baggie and you pop the whole things in the freezer. When you want to make a smoothie you just add the contents of one bag to your blender, add one cup of milk (I like Almond Breeze), and then blend until smooth.
The idea isn’t all that complicated but here are some of the reasons why I love it so much.
1. You can prep a whole bunch of smoothie freezer bags at once and the work is all done. I normally make 6-8 at a time. Make the mess once, enjoy for days.
2. It’s amazing how many more times I’ll go for a smoothie for breakfast or a snack because the work is already done. Convenience is so powerful (and handy!)
3. It’s the perfect way to use up fruits of vegetables before they get old. Did you buy a big bag of greens and they are starting to get a little old? Normally half that bag would slowly turn to slime in the vegetable drawer, but this way you can use it! Make a whole bunch of freezer smoothie bags before your greens get old. Same thing goes for old bananas… the ones that are starting to get old taste extra sweet in a smoothie. I waste so much less now that I make these bags!
4. The smoothies taste better because they are extra cold because everything is frozen.
5. You don’t have to have a high-powered blender to enjoy these (though they are wonderful…). Just cut your smoothie ingredients into smaller pieces for easier blending! I’d keep most pieces under an inch square in size if using a traditional blender.
My mother in law was having some health issues this fall and she wanted to go on a special diet (very restrictive) to see if eliminating things would help her feel better. I did a bunch of meal prep for her to help her out, including a big collection of freezer smoothie bags. Before this fall she had never even tried a green smoothie. Now that the diet is over and she’s feeling better, she has stuck with making a smoothie every morning because it’s so easy. I make her a dozen freezer smoothie bags once a month or so and she enjoys them when she wants. She’s not going to get everything out and do this on her own, but when it’s all ready to go and all you have to do is add some almond milk, there’s nothing to it!
I’m working with Blue Diamond today, specifically their Almond Breeze almond milk, and I couldn’t be more exited. It’s a staple in my house and you can find all kinds of their products in my kitchen right now.
What you put into your freezer smoothie bags is up to you! You have a lot of wiggle room which means you can use what you have on hand, what is in season, what is on sale, or what you know you are going to love. I highly encourage adding greens to your smoothie bags because I’m all about eating more vegetables and I love green smoothies. If you aren’t ready to try that yet, you don’t have to though!
Here’s my formula on how to make your freezer smoothie bags:
1-2 cups greens
Swiss chard, kale, and spinach are my go-to greens. If you can get the small “baby” versions of these greens they’ll be more tender and mild. Baby spinach is the most mild of them all and if you are new to the green smoothie game I’d start with a little of that first. I like the “baby” versions of all of these too because they make great salad greens. Buy a big bag and eat a little for breakfast in your smoothie and then eat more later in the day in a salad! I don’t measure much, but a normal sized handful is about what you’ll need. If you are using larger kale or chard you can chop them a bit to make them fit in your bag better and blend better. I added the stems of the big kale and chard I used in the pictures to my bags and they blended up great. If you aren’t using a high power blender, like a Blendtec, you may want to leave the tough stems out (chop them up and use them like celery in something fresh!), because pulpy stringy smoothies are pretty much disgusting.
1-2 cups fruit
I put at least a half of banana in every smoothie bag because bananas are sweet and they add a really great creamy texture. I think every smoothie needs banana! After that you are free to use what you have, what is in season, and what is on sale. I try to keep a big bag of organic frozen blueberries from Costco in my freezer at all times for smoothies. I also like using oranges this time of year because they are so naturally sweet and delicious. The sky is the limit here. Remove peels, skins, and stems that you don’t want to eat before adding them to your smoothie freezer bags and cut or break the fruit into small pieces for easier blending.
These are things that are, well, extra! Do you remember my Smoothie 101 post? I talk a little bit about the “extras” that I use if you need more info. Here are a few things that you might want to add to your smoothie freezer bags for added health and/or flavor benefits. Nut butters, chia seeds, hemp seed hearts, half an avocado, cacoa nibs, flax seed, raw shelled nuts, spirulina, honey, greek yogurt, or maple syrup. I normally add a few tablespoons of assorted extras. These things generally add extra healthy fat to your smoothie as well as flavor. I think adding that fat is really important because it means the smoothie is going to keep you full longer.
Add what you need to a plastic baggie, close the top, and pop them in the freezer. Done and done! A bag that is about 3/4 full but not stuffed makes 2-3 cups of smoothie when it’s all said and done and I consider each bag one serving.
When the craving hits add the contents of one bag and one cup of almond milk to the jar of your blender and blend until smooth. Easy!
Milk for blending
I use Almond Breeze almond milk for blending and it’s delicious. If you are new to smoothies I would get the vanilla flavored Almond Breeze because it is lightly sweetened and makes the smoothie sweeter. I enjoy the unsweetened Almond Breeze Almond Milk and at 60 calories per cup its a vitamin and mineral packed punch without adding too many calories. Just about any milk/liquid will work if needed. You can add a little more than a cup if your blender is having a hard time blending things.
Cassie from Wholefully posted 8 Stable Smoothies You Should Know How to Make and it’s a killer resource. Lots of her little smoothie combos would work perfectly for this easy make-ahead freezer smoothie bag approach. Plus, she doesn’t add tons of greens, so if that’s more your jam, check it out!
Healthy meal prep makes reaching your goals just one step closer and this little trick is going to become a staple in your house!
How to make freezer smoothie bags (the easiest smoothies ever!)
- 1-2 cups greens
- 1 cup fruit
- Extras (hemp seed hearts, chia seeds, cacoa nibs, flaxseed)
- 1 cup Almond Breeze almond milk
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients to a bag, close, and freeze (see post for details, tips, and tricks).
- When you are ready to make a smoothie add the contents of one freezer smoothie bag plus 1 cup almond milk to the jar of you blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy right away.
For this recipe, I recommend:
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Here are some of my favorite extra healthy smoothie combos for some inspiration:
And because I took so many pictures here’s a fun collage :)
I hope that this is something you start doing and that fruits and vegetables start finding themselves in your diet a little more every day, one smoothie at a time!
Disclosure: Today’s post is sponsored by Blue Diamond and I’m so excited to be working with them this year. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Bless this Mess possible.