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Make Ahead Smoothies

I love smoothies, but don't always have the fresh ingredients available on hand when I really want one. What was the solution? Prepackage and freeze individual portions!

Below is my absolute favorite smoothie recipe, but you can switch out the orange juice with milk, soy milk, or yogurt (plain or flavor of choice) and any type of berry or combination of berries go well with the banana; for example 1/2 cup blackberries and 1/2 cup strawberries instead of the 1 cup of raspberries. Want to add extra nutrition? Put in a tablespoon or two of vanilla protein powder while blending.

This recipe is for one serving so plan accordingly if you would like a few smoothies ready to have on hand.


  • 8 oz. orange juice
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 small banana


Pour orange juice into a container that holds over eight ounces and where the opening is as wide or wider than the bottom of the container (this makes for easy removal once the fluid has frozen). Freeze for at least four hours (I use either 10 oz. Pyrex ramekins or empty cottage cheese containers).


Once frozen remove fluid from container and place into a re-sealable plastic bag, add raspberries and banana, remove as much air as possible and store in freezer.

When ready to serve simply place contents of the bag into a blender and blend until smooth.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful

Just take care as many plastics release BPA's when liquid is frozen in them. Better to use glass or certified BPA free containers.

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful

Thank you for the advice, dryer, but cottage cheese containers are safe #5 food and beverage reusable even for freezing.

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September 10, 20120 found this helpful

Good to know!

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September 30, 20120 found this helpful

Sounds good thx for sharing.

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October 1, 20120 found this helpful

I like the idea of freezing extra. I often make too much or just don't want to get the blender out, use, and wash again.


Smoothies can provide such packed nutrition!

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