Freezer Smoothies

Freezer Smoothies!
I love smoothies! I love that they make me feel like I should be lying on the beach in some obscure Caribbean country watching my kids play in the sand. And, I love that they make me feel full while satisfying my sweet tooth. One thing I do NOT like about smoothies is making them. I don’t like gathering the ingredients, wondering if I have what I need, making the house a mess as I chop and scoop and randomly decide how much of what to add. To myself I said, “There must be a better way!!”
 
Then, a few weeks ago as I was wondering down the freezer section of the grocery store I noticed a small variety of Yoplait brand smoothie mixes. As I checked out the directions label I discovered a simple command to “add contents to 1 cup of milk and blend.” The light bulb came on and I thought, “I can do that”!!
 
Now, with my printable worksheets, labels, instructions, and recipes YOU can do it too! Here’s how it works.
 
Click HERE to download the recipes, instructions, grocery list, and labels in Excel Format
 
Click HERE to download the recipes in PDF Format
Click HERE to download the instructions in PDF Format
Click HERE to download the Grocery List in PDF Format
Click HERE to download the Labels in PDF Format
 
You will see a list of instructions that looks like this:
                   
 
 
5 Easy steps to create a freezer full of delicious smoothies!
 
 
 
             
 
 
1-
Decide how many batches you would like to make (If you are purchasing your fruit already frozen; 4 batches results in the least amount of unused frozen fruit). Each batch makes 6 different smoothies with approximately 2 servings each.
 
 
 
             
 
 
2-
Enter the number of batches you would like to make into the Excel grocery list (or multiply each item on the grocery list by the number of batches you plan to make).
 
 
 
             
 
 
3-
Go Shopping
         
 
 
 
             
 
 
4-
Freeze lemon juice, lime juice, syrup, pineapple, and yogurts in icecube trays (freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight).
 
 
 
             
 
 
5-
Print smoothie recipes and labels. Assemble each smoothie packet according to recipe instructions in a quart size freezer bag; attach label.
 
 
 
             
 
 
*Remember, smoothies are NOT an exact science so don't worry if you don't have all the right ingredients or the right amounts, you can always improvise! I ran out of strawberries so I added blueberries to make up the difference!
 
                   
                   
 
A list of recipes like this:
 
Freezer Smoothies
 
 
           
 
 
Dish
Ingredient
Quantity
Quantity Frozen
 
 
Mixed Berry
Frozen Berries
1.5
Cups
 
 
 
 
 
Yogurt
0.5
Cups
4
Frozen Cubes
 
 
 
Milk
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
In a freezer bag freeze berries and yogurt. When ready to serve blend with milk.
 
 
           
 
 
           
 
 
Strawberry Coconut Lemonade
Lemon Juice
2
Tbsp
2
Frozen Cubes
 
 
 
Strawberries
2
Cups
 
 
 
 
 
Coconut Water
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Spinach
1
Handful
 
(Optional)
 
 
 
Ice
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Maple Syrup
1
Tbsp
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
In a freezer bag freeze lemon juice, and strawberries. When ready to serve blend with coconut water, syrup and spinach (optional).
 
 
           
 
 
Oatmeal Raspberry
Raspberries
0.5
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Plain yogurt
0.5
Cup
4
Frozen Cubes
 
 
 
Banana
1
   
 
 
 
 
Oatmeal
0.5
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Honey
1
Tbsp
 
 
 
 
 
Coconut Water
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Ice
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
In a freezer bag freeze raspberries, yogurt, banana, and oatmeal. When ready to serve blend with honey, coconut water and Ice.
 
 
           
 
 
Pineapple Mango
Pineapple
1
Cup
6
Frozen Cubes
 
 
 
Mango
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
All-Spice
Dash
 
 
 
 
 
Coconut Water
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Ice
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
In a freezer bag freeze pineapple, mango and all-spice. When ready to serve blend with coconut water and ice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mango Lime
Mango
2
Cups
 
 
 
 
 
Lime Juice
2
Tbsp
2
Frozen Cubes
 
 
 
Powdered Sugar
2
Tbsp
 
 
 
 
 
Apple Juice
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Ice
1
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
In a freezer bag freeze mango, lime juice, and sugar. When ready to serve blend with apple juice and ice.
 
 
           
 
 
Strawberry Banana
Strawberries
1.5
Cups
 
 
 
 
 
Banana
1
   
 
 
 
 
Sugar
1
Tbsp
 
 
 
 
 
Orange Juice
1
Cups
 
 
 
 
 
Ice
1
Cups
 
 
 
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
In a freezer bag freeze strawberries, banana, and sugar. When ready to serve blend with orange juice and Ice.
 
 
           
 
 
           
 
 
Notes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
               
 
And a grocery list like this:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Smoothies
1
         
 
Tablespoons Per Cube
1
*These numbers are constant and should NOT be changed!
 
Cubes per Cup
8
         
 
 
           
 
To be frozen
   
 
Ingredient
Quantity
Purchase Amounts
Frozen Cubes to Make
 
All-Spice
Dash
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oatmeal
0.5
Cup
 
 
 
 
 
Banana
2
 
2
 
 
 
 
Powdered Sugar
2
Tbsp
 
 
 
 
 
Sugar
1
Tbsp
 
 
 
 
 
Frozen Berries
1.5
Cups
1
16oz Bag
 
 
 
Mango
3
Cups
2
16 oz Bags
 
 
 
Raspberries
0.5
Cup
1
16oz Bag
 
 
 
Strawberries
3.5
Cups
2
16oz Bag
 
 
 
Lemon Juice
2
Tbsp
 
 
2
Cubes
 
Lime Juice
2
Tbsp
 
 
2
Cubes
 
Maple Syrup
1
Tbsp
 
 
1
Cubes
 
Pineapple
1
Cup
1
15oz Can chunks
8
Cubes
 
Plain yogurt
0.5
Cup
1
6oz Cartons
4
Cubes
 
Strawberry Yogurt
0.5
Cups
1
6oz Cartons
4
Cubes
 
 
           
 
Store in Pantry
       
 
Ingredient
Quantity
       
 
Apple Juice
1
Cup
       
 
Coconut Water
3
Cups
*May be replaced with water or fruit juice.
 
Honey
1
Tbsp
       
 
Milk
1
Cups
       
 
Orange Juice
1
Cups
       
 
Spinach
1
Handful
(Optional)
   
 
 
           
 
List of Ingredients for 1 batch of 6 different Smoothies
   
 
 
           
 
Ingredient
Quantity
 
Strawberries
3.5
Cups
 
All-Spice
Dash
 
 
Strawberry Yogurt
0.5
Cups
 
Banana
2
 
 
Apple Juice
1
Cup
 
Frozen Berries
1.5
Cups
 
Coconut Water
3
Cups
 
Lemon Juice
2
Tbsp
 
Honey
1
Tbsp
 
Lime Juice
2
Tbsp
 
Milk
1
Cup
 
Mango
3
Cups
 
Orange Juice
1
Cups
 
Maple Syrup
1
Tbsp
 
Powdered Sugar
2
Tbsp
 
Oatmeal
0.5
Cup
 
Spinach
1
Handful
(Optional)
Pineapple
1
Cup
 
Sugar
1
Tbsp
 
Plain yogurt
0.5
Cup
       
 
Raspberries
0.5
Cup
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you download the Excel version you can enter the number of smoothie ‘batches’ you wish to make and your grocery list will automatically be calculated for you, telling you exactly how much of each ingredient to purchase. If you use the PDF version you will have to do a bit of math on your own (you can manage, I’m sure!!).
 
You will also need to print the labels. Here you also have a few options. There is a “label” worksheet with the above Excel document, print one page of labels for every batch you make. Cut these out and have them ready to attach BEFORE you begin assembly as your fruit will thaw quickly and you will want to get your bags in the freezer ASAP.
 
If you would prefer to use self-adhesive address labels (saving you time cutting and taping) download the Word document by clicking HERE. Be sure to print the correct number of labels so you aren’t wasting ink and paper.
 
Now that you have everything downloaded and printed you are ready to begin.
 
1-    Decide how many batches you would like to make (If you are purchasing your fruit already frozen; 4 batches results in the least amount of leftover fruit). Each batch makes 6 different smoothies with approximately 2 servings each.  If you have the freezer space I recommend making 4 batches; you will end up with 24 smoothie bags with the mess of only one, AND you will have less leftover fruit.
 
2-   Enter the number of batches you would like to make into the Excel grocery list (or multiply each item on the grocery list by the number of batches you plan to make).
 
3-   Go Shopping
 
4-   Freeze lemon juice, lime juice, pineapple, and yogurts in ice cube trays (freeze for 4-6 hours or overnight).  The grocery list will tell you how many cubes of each ingredient to freeze per batch.

 
5-   Assemble each smoothie packet according to recipe instructions in a quart size freezer bag; attach label. Remember, smoothies are NOT an exact science so don’t worry if you don’t have all the right ingredients or the exact amounts, you can always improvise! I wanted to use the strawberries I had frozen rather than purchasing bags of strawberries but I ended up not having quite enough so I added blueberries to make up the difference.
 
 
I recommend getting everything out and ready before you begin as things will begin to thaw quickly!

I put all the fruit for the recipe I was assembling in a bowl so it was quick and easy to distribute

After all your bags are full lay them flat and remove as much air as possible before sealing.

Attach your labels

Freeze!
 
If you completed 4 batches you now have 24 smoothies that will be great for a quick breakfast on the go or a healthy and satisfying after school snack.
*Assembling these smoothie packets took about 35 minutes from start to finish*
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Comments

Thank you so much for doing all this work., I have just recently started doing some of the very same things. My husband and I have had a couple marathon cooking days and I am amazed at how much time, money and effort we were able to save. I read about your experience on "Chickens In The Road". Then I visited here and found this wonderful info on Smoothies. You should share this on that blog too., This is great. Leave it just like it is with the pictures and explanations. This is a wonderful resource and I certainly do appreciate it, and you for taking the time to share. Now I have to go and read more of your blog. Thanks again.

By Angela Bethea (not verified)

On the instructions you said to enter the number of batches. On the excel sheet it says number of smoothies. I want to make 4 batches which is 24 smoothies. Do I put a 4 or a 24 on the grocery list sheet?

Thanks! This looks yummy and I can't wait to try it!

By Erin (not verified)

Sorry for the inconsistency. You should enter the number of BATCHES you would like to make (6 smoothie packets per batch). The spreadsheet will multiply all 6 types of smoothy for you.

By jayme

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