Easy Make-Ahead Smoothie Prep Hacks + 5 of My Favorite Recipes
Smoothies are one of my go-to healthy meal hack options for both myself and my clients.
They don’t require any cooking, they’re an easy grab-n-go option and one of the tastiest and easiest ways to fill up on key nutrients your body needs. When I (and my clients) start the day off with a nourishing smoothie we feel good and are more likely to continue to make healthy choices the rest of the day (as healthy habits build off one another). Plus now that it’s summer smoothies are also refreshing AF.
But a common question I get from my clients is “What are the ways to prep smoothies ahead of time and efficiently pack them to work?” Because ain’t nobody got time to chop and prep a bunch of ingredients first thing in the morning. They need easy, grab n go options in order to save precious time and follow through on their healthy eating plan (if you leave it up to doing it all in the morning there’s a good chance you won’t).
Enter in my three easy smoothie meal prep hacks — guaranteed to help you follow through on your good intentions and start your day off on a healthy note.
1. Prep freezer smoothie packs for the week:
This is my favorite hack and works really well for me as I don’t want to chop up a bunch of ingredients in the morning but still want to enjoy that “freshly-made” texture and taste of a just whipped-up smoothie.
All you have to do is find your fave smoothie recipe (see ideas below) and chop up whatever fruits and veggies you need. Store them in individual ziplock baggies in the fridge, then every morning toss in your liquid, protein powder and freezer pack. Blend and go!
I typically toss 1 heaping cup spinach, 1/2 cup zucchini or cauliflower, 1/2 avocado, 1 banana and 1 handful of blueberries together in each individual serving pack to mix with 1 cup coconut milk and 1 scoop clean protein powder in the morning.
Easy Smoothie Formula to Remember — add 2 cups veggies, 1 cup fruit to your ziplock bag and mix with 1 scoop of quality protein and 1 cup liquid in the morning.
There is a downside to this option and that is you still have to clean out your blender before you head out to work (unless you want to come home to a sticky mess). But it shouldn’t take more than a minute to do!
2. Make all your smoothies ahead of time and freeze for the week —
This is the ultimate meal prep hack for those that don’t want even the slightest extra step added onto their morning routine.
In order to follow this step you need to make a huge batch (so you’re planning on drinking a smoothie every weekday morning make sure to account for 5 servings worth) and blend all at once. Pour into freezer-safe containers (I like mason jars because they’re cute and totally freezer safe) and store in your freezer.
IMPORTANT – Make sure to remove from your freezer the night before work, otherwise it’s going to take forever to thaw and you could be having that smoothie for dinner instead.
3. Prep your smoothie in the evenings to grab n go the next morning —
I also found this method really helpful and did it for years (although real talk I would sometimes DREAD making smoothies at night). But the thought of not having a healthy, delicious breakfast in the morning helped me stay committed to the cause.
If you find you have extra time at night or are cooking in the evenings this can be a good hack to build in. I would often get dinner started (in the oven/stovetop/grill) and while cooking chop and toss all smoothie ingredients into a blender. Then pour into my Corkcicle (or any other insulated beverage holder to keep cool), store in the fridge and take with me to work the next morning.
What You Need to Make It Happen:
1. A high-speed blender-
Taste and texture of food for me is HUGE. If I don’t like the taste or texture of something — I will not eat it — no matter how healthy it is. I have to find a way to make it taste good or it’s just not going to happen. Life’s too short, amIright?!
This is where I’ve found investing in a high-quality, high-speed blender to be KEY. This Blendtec Blender is honestly my favorite kitchen item and I use it to make everything from smoothies to desserts to dressings to sauces and soups. It has the power to blend up anything so that it has a smooth, evenly mixed texture and taste. Vitamix blenders are also amazing. If you’re a Costco member I recommend checking out their products first as you can usually score a pretty big discount (that’s where I purchased mine!)
2. Freezer-Friendly Containers —
If you’re freezing a week’s worth of smoothies simple mason jars will do the trick! Or purchase a set of leak-proof glass bottles (like this brand).
3. Insulated Beverage Holder —
If you’re opting to make your smoothie the morning of or the night before, make sure you have an insulated beverage holder to store your smoothie in. It’s easily portable, drinkable and ensures your smoothie stays cold (because warm smoothies are gross). I’m a big fan of this brand.
4. Ziplock Bags —
If you’re opting to making freezer-friendly smoothie packs (my favorite option) these are your go-to’s.
So now that you’ve selected your new easy smoothie-prep hack and you have the right equipment, it’s time to make dem smoothies.
Biohacked Green Beauty Smoothie
This one has all the goods — healthy fat, quality protein, antioxidant-rich veggies, gut-friendly goodies and the richest, creamiest taste. My personal fave!
- 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (or other unsweetened, nondairy milk)
- 1 scoop vanilla bone broth protein (this is my favorite)
- 1 heaping cup frozen spinach
- ½ cup frozen zucchini
- ½ cup avocado, skin and pit removed
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 handful frozen blueberries
Almond Butter Green Dream Smoothie
If you like almond butter (who doesn’t?!) you’ll love the nutty, slightly sweet taste of this simple smoothie.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 handful of blueberries, frozen
- 1 heaping tbsp almond butter
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Optional: Add in 1 scoop quality protein powder (i.e. no weird ingredients, fillers, sweeteners or things you can’t pronounce) or collagen powder (I’m obsessed with this brand) for an extra boost!
Better Than Botox Green Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 large handful spinach
- 2 leaves of kale, stems removed
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 2 dates
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp flaxseeds
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 frozen strawberries
Chocolate Chip Mint Smoothie
This one is super yum and is an upgrade version of mint chocolate chip ice cream, minus the sugar, bloat or guilt.
- 1 cup unsweetened canned coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 cup frozen zucchini
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 scoop clean vanilla protein powder (I love this brand or this if you are able to digest dairy)
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1-2 tbsp fresh mint leaves (depends on how minty you want it)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
Creamy Chocolate Smoothie (low sugar + fruit-free)!
This is an adapted version from Lee From America (her gorgeous smoothie creations are so on point!) It tastes like a decadent, thick milkshake or dessert but derives it’s creaminess from cauliflower and avocado (trust me on this one). I also love that it’s fruit-fee, which makes it a fantastic low-sugar option for those watching their glucose levels or focused on losing additional weight.
- 1 cup unsweetened nut-milk (almond/hemp/cashew/coconut etc)
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 scoop clean chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pinch sea salt
You’ve now got all the tools to smoothie-prep like a boss. If you have any extra hacks or recipes you love — please share in the comments below so everyone can benefit. You’re awesome!