Have you jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon yet? For the last few years, I started making them for breakfast every day. At first it was all about health and an easy breakfast I could have as a busy work-from-home mom, and then I became completely and utterly addicted. I love my daily smoothie!
Maybe you’ve wanted to try green smoothies, but don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’ve been too busy to research recipes or do the necessary daily prep.
This is where pre-made frozen smoothie packs come into play. They are great and you will wonder what you did without them.
What is a green smoothie?
Let’s start with the basic composition of a green smoothie. First, it doesn’t have to look green! A good green smoothie is made up of several things: green leafy vegetables, fruits (sometimes even vegetables), liquids, and other nutritional components.
Typically, a green smoothie is made up of 40% vegetables and 60% fruit, liquids, and other toppings. You can play around with that ratio until it feels right to your taste buds.
leafy vegetables: chard, spinach, kale, cabbage, bok choy, romaine and other sweet lettuces, mint, parsley, cilantro
Fruit: berries, pineapple, mango, citrus, avocado, pears, apples, bananas, melon, dates (can be fresh or frozen)
Vegetables: mashed cucumbers, celery, fennel, tomatoes, carrots, beets, pumpkin or butternut squash
liquids: water, coconut water, milk, non-dairy milk (coconut, hemp, soy, oats, nuts), juices, tea, fermented and fermented beverages (kefir, kombucha, buttermilk, buttermilk, yogurt)
natural sweets: dates, agave, honey, date syrup, maple syrup, flavored stevia drops
nutritional additions: chia seeds, flax seeds, acai powder, green powder or other superfoods (beets, cocoa, maca, spirulina, wheatgrass), protein powder, spices, hemp seeds, whole nuts, oatmeal
How to make a frozen green smoothie system
1. Buy in bulk
You have probably seen packages of commercially prepared shakes in the freezers of some stores. Great, but you can do it for less money at home, especially if you have a fruit and vegetable sale.
Try to use what is in season in your area. It can be a bit more difficult for those of us in the northern hemisphere during the winter. That’s when I rely on buying fresh and frozen foods in bulk at discount grocery stores.
2. A different smoothie every day
For these packets, I used baby spinach, fresh pineapple (I made a great deal on those!), bananas, blueberries, and blackberries. With those four fruits, you can mix and match to make a slightly different smoothie for each day or do the same thing.
And you can always add different elements later if you want to change them. Leafy green vegetables freeze very well. You can blend them and make some ice cubes beforehand, or just throw the leaves in the bag.
3. Get the right bags
Reusable quart resealable freezer bags are great because I can rinse them out and reuse them over and over again. Mark each one with the date you made the package and cancel once you make the smoothie.
The packaging will not last forever before the quality is affected by frost (ice crystals). Think of it as a once-a-month or two-week type of business, although these will last for several months if you’re feeling particularly ambitious and want to do a lot.
4. How to pack a parcel
Put the leafy greens in the bag first, then the fruit. I make about 2 packed cups of spinach and 2 to 2-1/2 cups of frozen and/or fresh fruit. You could add chia or flax seeds but I find they stick to the bag. (Also, sometimes I like to soak the chia seeds before mixing them.)
5. Working for your blender
Remember that cutting the fruit into smaller pieces makes your blender easier. Bananas, if very ripe, are usually nicely halved, but you can cut them into slices before putting them in the bags.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender, such as Vitamix, Blendtec, Ninja, and the like, you can try making ice cubes from leafy greens for a better blend. Another option is to just make freeze packs with fruit and then use fresh leafy vegetables.
6. Avoid frost
Squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag. Removing air helps prevent frost buildup.
7. Easy stacking
To make it easier to stack them in the freezer, you can flatten them a bit more just before sealing. The bags will freeze faster if they are placed in a single layer in the freezer.
You can also freeze fruits on cookie sheets and then transfer them to bags. It’s totally up to you on this.
8. When it’s time to blur
When blending, add 1 cup of liquid to the contents of the package. Vegetables will break up a bit more easily after freezing, but you’ll probably need a little more liquid than normal for your blender to purify them properly.
When I make a fresh smoothie (not from a frozen package), I put the liquid on top, then the vegetables, then the fresh fruit, then the frozen fruit and seeds or other toppings.
9. Experiment with flavor combinations
It is so much fun to mix it with other varieties of fruits and vegetables. Above (from left to right):
banana blueberry: 1 large banana, 2 cups blueberries, 2 cups spinach
Pineapple Blueberry: 1/2 banana, 1-1/2 cup pineapple, 1/2–3/4 cup blueberries, 2 cups spinach
watermelon kiwi: 1 sliced kiwi, 1 cup diced watermelon, 1 cup grapes, 2 cups spinach
banana berry: 2–3 cups mixed berries, 1/2 large banana, 2 cups spinach
melon berry: 1 cup cantaloupe, 1-1/2 cups mixed berries, 2 cups spinach
pineapple banana: 1 large sliced banana, 2 heaping cups pineapple, 2 cups spinach
We have 10 more 3-ingredient shake combinations here. This detox smoothie recipe is another favorite. Or try this wrinkle-reducing kale and berry smoothie.
10. And that‘Sit! Fast and easy.
PS Ready to start juicing? Try our 3 Juice 101 Recipes!
This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Gina Jansheski, a licensed and board-certified physician who has been in practice for over 20 years. Learn more about Hello Glow Medical Reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you discuss it with your doctor.