Make ahead smoothies are life changing! Blend your smoothie right in a jar, and you’re ready to go! Yes, it possible! They sell blenders, like this one, that come with mason jars to blend right inside the jar. When I saw this, I knew that I could prepare my smoothies ahead of time and be ready with healthy breakfasts and snacks.
So, after sitting in front of my computer for the past few months building this blog and of course doing lots of cooking and taste testing, I have to start getting back into shape for summer. Having some fresh, healthy smoothies on hand would help with this! My husband is always stressed about what gluten free, vegan, healthy thing that he can grab for breakfast on his way out the door for work in the morning. So, I decided to do some meal prep.
I bought extra jars that go with my blender to make sure that I have lots on hand. I found some great fresh berries on sale at my local market and set up an assembly line of bananas and berries. It was so easy! I just broke up bananas into pieces and put about ½ of a banana into the bottom of each jar. I then chose different fruits and berries and filled each jar up leaving enough space to fit the blender blade into the top of the jar.
I had some chalkboard stickers, so I stuck one on each smoothie and labeled them with a wet erase pen. This way people would know what they were choosing later. I then just screwed the lids back on and put them in the freezer.
Since I made up a bunch of different flavors, we aren’t getting bored and it is fun to try a new one every time. The hardest thing is to decide which flavor to pick!
It took less than 10 minutes to make a weeks’ worth of smoothies for the family! We now have tons of healthy snacks, and portable breakfasts ready to go.
My kids love making smoothies. I love that they are eating all of these healthy fruits, however, they used to make a big mess with them. Fruit spills, they don’t put things back in the freezer, and worst of all, they start getting crazy adding sugar, chocolate syrup, and candy to make crazy concoctions. The premade jars work great for the kids to have lots of choices and still feel like they are making it, but they are not making the mess that they did in the past.
Whenever you want a smoothie, just take it out of the freezer, fill up the jar with your choice of milk or water, screw on the blender blade and then blend for a few seconds and you’re done! If you want to add protein powder or a sweetener to it, just do so along with the liquid. If the berries stick to the bottom of the jar, just wait a minute and give it a shake and they will release. (If the berries are wet when you put them in, they may freeze to the side a little. They will loosen up in about a minute). Once blended, you can put the lid back on and take it with you on your way out the door, or just sit down and enjoy!
Make Ahead Smoothies – Meal Prep
- ½ of a banana broken into pieces
- About 1 cup of berries or fruit of choice
- About 1 cup of milk of choice
- Tsp sugar (optional)
- 1 TBS protein powder (optional)
- Step 1 Break up bananas and put about ½ in the bottom of each jar.
- Step 2 Fill the jar with about a cup of fresh or frozen berries or fruit of choice.
- Step 3 Freeze in Mason jars until ready to use.
- Step 4 Screw off lid and fill up with milk of choice or water.
- Step 5 Add sweetener or protein powder if desired.
- Step 6 Screw on blender blade to the top of the Mason jar.
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*Make sure that you follow safety directions and only use jars compatible with your blender!
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