There are thousands of smoothie recipes, and each one has its own benefits. There are smoothies to help improve sleep, weight loss, skin health, and some exist just because they taste great.
With that being said, smoothies are best consumed fresh right after blending.
If you let your smoothie sit for too long, it will get warm and gloopy, and some of the ingredients can start to go bad. Bananas will start turning brown in a matter of minutes.
Therefore, a question we often get asked is, ‘can you freeze smoothies?’ It’s definitely a fair question, with the short answer here being yes.
There is a reason why you cannot freeze a smoothie. Let’s take a closer look at this issue.
Is There a Problem With Freezing Smoothies?
People often wonder whether freezing a smoothie will ruin it or affect its overall quality or taste. As any chef will tell you, food is always better when it is fresh than when it has been frozen. This is a rule of thumb, and for the most part, it holds true.
With that being said, some foods freeze better than others, and it’s really only a big deal when you will be cooking those foods afterward.
However, for a smoothie, freezing it is not a problem, as many people use frozen fruits when making them in the first place.
Now, there is the issue of fruits losing flavor when frozen, and yes, this is true.
Certain fruits and berries, especially berries, tend to lose some flavor once they have been frozen, and the taste can change as well. Berries never taste the same once they have been frozen.
So, there is no reason why you cannot freeze a smoothie, but something we would avoid is doing so with smoothies that contain berries.
Other than that, there is no issue with freezing smoothies.
How to Freeze a Smoothie
The process of freezing a smoothie is really not challenging. First off, make your smoothie. Then pour the desired amount into a container that can be frozen.
There are special freezable smoothie containers available, but you can use any drink container that can be frozen. If you are in a pinch, Tupperware will do fine as well.
The vital thing to keep in mind is that liquids expand as they freeze, so never fill the container with the smoothie to the top. Otherwise, the container will burst as the smoothie freezes.
You will end up with a mess in your freezer. For each liter of smoothie, leave at least ½ inch of space from the rim to avoid suffering from a catastrophic smoothie-plosion.
Pro tip: For whatever reason, when smoothies are frozen, they often turn out better if frozen fruit was used in the first place instead of fresh fruit.
Keep in mind that a smoothie will take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to totally freeze, so this is something you will want to do the night before.
Also, keep in mind that it will take about that same amount of time to thaw out, which is perfect if you plan on having the smoothie for lunch.
Simply take the frozen smoothie out of the freezer when you leave work, and a few hours later, it will be ready to consume.
For more tips on preparing and making smoothies, particularly for weight loss, check out ‘The Smoothie Diet’ program online.
A Good Freezer Smoothie
Before we call it a day, we would like to leave you with a good recipe for a smoothie that freezes well, is easy to make, and is super healthy and tasty too.
The Freezer Smoothie
- 1 banana
- ½ cup strawberries – frozen
- ½ cup blueberries – frozen
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 cup milk or orange juice – (depending on your preference)
- ½ cup plain yogurt, Greek
Simply add all of the ingredients into the blender, blend until smooth, pour into the container (leaving at least ½ of free space at the top), and then freeze it.
If the recipe that we provided you with today doesn’t sound tasty to you, check out ‘The Smoothie Diet’ for more great ideas.
Remember, you can make your smoothies the night, the week, or even the month before because you can freeze them.