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.
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), 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, 1 frozen banana. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
2. Peanut Butter Strawberry
1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 large banana (sliced), 1-2 tablespoons peanut butter. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
3. Carrot Mango Coconut
1 large carrot (grated), 1 cup frozen mango, 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
4. Ginger Pina Colada
2 cups frozen pineapple, 1 lime (peeled and sliced), 1/2-inch piece of ginger (thinly sliced). Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
5. Cherry Blueberry Kale
1 cup kale, 1 cup cherries, 1/2 cup blueberries. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
6. Cherry Mango Yogurt
1 cup diced mango, 1 cup frozen cherries, 1/2 cup plain unsweetened yogurt. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
7. Raspberry Banana Chia
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, 1 large banana (sliced), 1 Tablespoon chia seeds. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
8. Cranberry Pineapple Spinach
1 1/2 cups pineapple, 1/2 cup cranberries, 1 cup spinach. Blend with 1/2 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 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
1 cup mixed berries, 1 cup mango, 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Blend with 1/2 to 1 cup liquid.
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!226