Smoothies are still my favorite way to start the day. I love the energy and flavor boost from fresh fruit (and sometimes veggies) in the morning. And I'm still prepping make-ahead smoothie packs to help me out on those busy mornings. It helps me save time AND I get in a healthy breakfast.
I'm back with 10 3-ingredient smoothie packs that you can prep ahead of time. If you're new to smoothies, these packs are a great way to get started without an intimidating list of ingredients. With endless possible variations, you won't get bored with these simple, yet tasty smoothies.
5 Ways to Make a Make Ahead Smoothie
1. Smoothie freezer packs.
You can have a different smoothie each day! All you have to do is buy, chop and distribute ahead of time and you’ll have a whole lot of green smoothies to choose from. Your smoothie making will be ultra efficient with the 3-ingredient smoothie pack system. Three ingredients may sound like a restrictive number, but the possibilities are endless!
2. Smoothie ice cubes.
Make the smoothies whenever you have time and freeze them in an ice cube tray. Pop them out to melt overnight or add them to your jar to melt on the way to work. Bam! Your breakfast is ready.
3. Big batch + freeze.
This has become my favorite method because I can blend up a big batch on Sunday and fill up several 16-ounce jars that I thaw throughout the week. The bigger the batch, the more time you save! You can prep a week’s worth of smoothies in 10 minutes with our tried and true method.
4. Smoothie pops.
Everyone in the family can benefit from smoothies, but not everyone wants to. Make smoothies child-friendly by turning them into smoothie pops.
5. Prep the night before.
Between soccer games and play dates, we’re not all masters of efficiency on the weekend. Sometimes just getting to the grocery store is a major accomplishment!
But you can still make mornings easier by prepping the night before. Put the chopped ingredients in the blender before you go to bed, and just press “play” in the morning. I like using my Ninja cups to blend and go.
Make-Ahead Smoothie Tips
Use BPA-free freezer bags or glass, freezer-proof jars. This will prevent freezer burn or off flavors from developing.
Freeze individual berries and cut-up fruit or veggies on a tray first before transferring to bags to prevent everything from freezing in one large mass. Or just use frozen fruit.
For better blending, pull the bags out a few minutes before blending to let them thaw out a bit. That way you'll use less liquid and the smoothie will have a more concentrated flavor.
Recommended liquids for blending: water, coconut water, milk, non-dairy milk, juice, yogurt or kefir.
Substitutions can easily be made. Swap out different berries, use peaches instead of mango, hemp or flax can be used in place of chia seeds, etc.
The smoothie packs should keep for up to several months in the freezer.
Add 1 cup of leafy greens for green smoothies.
To use as a meal replacement or for a protein boost, add protein powder, nut butter or seeds (chia, hemp, flax).
Each smoothie is for one serving - the ounces will vary a little depending on the recipes and how much liquid is used when blending.
Want to make a month of smoothies in an hour? Read our simple tutorial to get started!
10 3-Ingredient Smoothies
Top to bottom, left to right: Tangerine Pineapple Banana, Strawberry Banana Peanut Butter, Carrot Mango Coconut, Pineapple Lime Ginger, Cherry Blueberry Kale, Cherry Mango Yogurt, Raspberry Banana Chia, Cranberry Pineapple Spinach, Blueberry Banana Chocolate, Mango Berry Coconut
1. Tangerine Pineapple Banana
2 tangerines (peeled and segmented), ½ cup frozen pineapple, 1 frozen banana. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
2. Peanut Butter Strawberry
1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 large banana (sliced), 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
3. Carrot Mango Coconut
1 large carrot (grated), 1 cup frozen mango, 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
4. Ginger Pina Colada
2 cups frozen pineapple, 1 lime (peeled and sliced), ½-inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced). Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
5. Cherry Blueberry Kale
1 cup kale, 1 cup cherries, ½ cup blueberries. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
6. Cherry Mango Yogurt
1 cup diced mango, 1 cup frozen cherries, ½ cup plain unsweetened yogurt. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
7. Raspberry Banana Chia
1 ½ cups frozen raspberries, 1 large banana (sliced), 1 Tablespoon chia seeds. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
8. Cranberry Pineapple Spinach
1 ½ cups pineapple, ½ cup cranberries, 1 cup spinach. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid. (Can substitute another berry for the cranberries.)
9. Banana Blueberry Chocolate
1 large banana (sliced) 1 cup blueberries, 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
10. Mango Berry Coconut
1 cup mixed berries, 1 cup mango, 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.
3-Ingredient Make Ahead Smoothies
Tangerine Pineapple Banana
- 2 tangerines peeled & segmented
- ½ cup pineapple
- 1 frozen banana
Peanut Butter Strawberry
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 large banana sliced
- 1-2 tablespoon peanut butter
Carrot Mango Coconut
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1-2 tablespoon coconut unsweetened, shredded
Ginger Pina Colada
- 2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 lime peeled and sliced
- ½ inch piece of ginger thinly sliced
Cherry Blueberry Kale
- 1 cup kale
- 1 cup cherries
- ½ cup blueberries
Cherry Mango Yogurt
- 1 cup diced mango
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- ½ cup yogurt plain, unsweetened
Raspberry Banana Chia
- 1 ½ cup frozen raspberries
- 1 large banana sliced
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Cranberry Pineapple Spinach
- 1 ½ cup pineapple
- ½ cup cranberries or other berries
- 1 cup spinach
Banana Blueberry Chocolate
- 1 large banana sliced
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 cup blueberries
Mango Berry Coconut
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1 cup mango
- 2 tablespoon coconut unsweetened, shredded
- Blend with ½ to 1 cup liquid.