Smoothies are a great breakfast — they’re easy to take on the go and you can pack a lot nutrition in one glass. But it’s not always easy to get all the ingredients prepped, blended, and cleaned up first thing in the morning.
That’s where smoothie cubes can come in handy. While you can buy frozen smoothie packets and similar mixes at the store, making them at home gives you much more control over the ingredients.
Here are the basics:
- Assemble your tools. You need a blender or food processor, ice cube trays or muffin tins, and gallon plastic bags. Also, take stock of your fresh and frozen produce. Smoothie cubes are a great way to clean out the fridge and use up ingredients that might otherwise go bad.
- Choose a smoothie recipe that you enjoy. We offer several suggestions below, but at the very least you’ll need a fruit and liquid. Plan to make enough for at least four to six servings to make the preparation and freezing worth your while.
- Blend your smoothie. Make sure to get everything smooth and incorporated. Then, pour into your molds, leaving a little room for expansion during the freezing itself, and place in your freezer for a couple hours to harden.
- Store and label. Once your smoothie cubes are frozen, you can store them in an airtight gallon freezer bag for later use. Make sure to write clearly on the bag with permanent marker what the contents are as well as the date the batch was mixed. Smoothie cubes can last up to six months — double-bag to avoid freeze burn.
- Enjoy whenever, wherever. If you’re short on time, pop out a few cubes (a standard ice cub tray yields 1 ounce cubes; a standard muffin tin yields 3-1/2 ounce cubes) into your blender and blend. Add a few tablespoons of milk or water to get things going faster. If you’re on the go, just pop those same cubes into a glass and let sit until you reach your destination. You’ll want to mix a few times so they uniformly thaw. Note: thawed smoothie cubes do not keep well in the refrigerator.
Suggested smoothie recipes:
- Blueberry Ginger Smoothie
- Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
- Berry Purple Post-Workout Smoothie
- Berry, Pineapple, and Spinach Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie
Written by Ashley Marcin.