How to start preparation Smoothie

Smoothies are quick to prepare, but sometimes, even with the best of intentions, we run out of time in the morning or life simply gets in the way. The solution? Smoothie kits! These allow you to batch prep ingredients so your smoothie can be ready in seconds. Here’s how you do it:

1. Wash, prep, and measure out ingredients for your smoothies (except for the liquid).

2. Put the ingredients in a baggie or jar, seal, and label with the smoothie name.

3.When you are ready to sip, pour the liquid into the blender, dump in the contents of the bag or jar, and blend.

The number of smoothie kits you create will depend on your freezer space, but you can easily prep your smoothies for the workweek (five kits) as a good start.

Another option is to fully blend the smoothie and then freeze it. Store each one in a mason jar or another freezer-safe cup, ensuring you leave at least an inch of headspace to allow for expansion.

Remember you will need time for the smoothie to defrost, which can take from 12 to 14 hours in the refrigerator, so plan accordingly if you want to drink your smoothie first thing in the morning. At room temperature, a smoothie will take from 2 to 3 hours to thaw: This is a good option if you want to grab it from the freezer in the morning and consume it later as a snack or at lunch.

Equipment + Tools for Superfood Smoothies

The essential tool for making superfood smoothies is a blender. You have several blender options to choose from:

High-Speed Blender. This type of machine is my personal favorite. I hemmed and hawed about buying one for over a year, and my only regret is that I didn’t purchase it sooner. High-speeds make smoothies very smooth and creamy, are very fast, and can be used for many other recipes in the kitchen. It’s not unusual for me to use my high-speed blender several times a day. They are pricey, but you can look for refurbished ones online that cost less.

Regular Blender. A normal countertop blender will do a great job, particularly if you are new to making smoothies and aren’t sure you want to make a huge investment. Some blenders will have a smoothie button that is more effective at crushing ice and other tough ingredients. You may find you need to add a little more liquid to bring your smoothie together in a regular blender as opposed to a high-speed, and your smoothie won’t be quite as velvety smooth. However, your result will still be delicious!

Single-Serve Blender. This type of blender is convenient because you can blend your smoothie, then remove the jar and use it as a glass (it also comes with a lid if you want to take it with you). These are typically quite powerful, and as a bonus, there is less cleanup. The downside is you can only make one serving at a time.

Aside from a blender, you’ll need minimal equipment: Measuring cups and spoons are helpful, along with a tamper to help push ingredients toward the blades for smooth blending—many blenders come with one.

Lastly, a helpful (but not essential) smoothie accessory is a glass straw. I like using glass straws because they are reusable, durable, dishwasher-safe, and you can see through them, so you know they are clean. Stainless steel straws are also a good option.

Getting Started

Whether you’re a smoothie newbie or stuck in a smoothie rut, the next few sections offer tips and advice to help you make your superfood smoothies a success. 

You’ll discover the key components essential to every smoothie, handy tools of the trade, smoothie troubleshooting, best practices for storing and shopping for superfoods, and more.

Smoothie BasicsWhether you intend for your smoothie to be consumed as a meal or a snack, always aim to incorporate the following components:


The first three elements will amp up the staying power of your smoothie, helping you feel satisfied and satiated, as well as provide you with the valuable macronutrients you need throughout the day.

Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are all sources of fiber. Nuts and seeds (as well as their butters) are also good sources of protein and fat. Additional sources of protein include protein powders or beans (yes, beans!), and remember that veggies and fruits contain small amounts of protein, too. You can find healthy fats in oils (coconut, flax, hemp, chia, olive), as well as in ghee and nut/seed milks.

The final component, liquid, will help your smoothie blend easily and provide you with hydration for digestion, circulation, skin health, and nutrient absorption, while flushing out waste. Water is the easiest, cheapest, and most convenient option, but you can also use nut/seed milk, coconut water, or 100 percent fruit juice.

Smoothie Blending Tips

Various experts and chefs have their favorite methods for the best way to layer a smoothie, and I have mine, too. Generally, I add ingredients to the blender in the following order:

1.Liquids (this provides a vortex so the rest of the ingredients get sucked into the blades)
2.Greens, veggies, and herbs, if used in large amounts
4.Nuts/seeds/nut butters/yogurt
5.Spices and powders

However, there may be instances where you’d want to add the spices and powders after the liquid:

For example, if you are including a protein powder, it may not fully dissolve if it’s added on top of everything. It also depends on what kind of machine you own and the size of the container. If you have a regular blender, you may need to blend the liquids with the greens and veggies first before adding the remaining ingredients to ensure that everything mixes evenly (and that you don’t end up with any large veggie chunks).

No matter your blender, I recommend starting on the slowest speed so ingredients can begin to integrate, and then gradually increasing the speed. If you go from “off” to “high” right away, your ingredients will likely fly around the blender and then get stuck beneath the blades.

I’m not a fan of adding ice to smoothies, as it can water down the taste and be challenging for some machines to blend smoothly. I may include it if the other ingredients are cool or at room temperature and I’m aiming for a slushier texture. If you’d like to experiment, try ice in crushed form or small cubes for easier blending rather than large cubes. 

As you practice your smoothie-making skills, you’ll get to know the intricacies of your blender and what works best for you. I don’t think there is a definitive “right” way to blend a smoothie, so don’t get too caught up in the order of blending. Follow your instincts, which you will hone as you go.

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