Making green smoothies in advance is a great way to make sure that you are enjoying all the benefits of green smoothies, without the hassle of preparing them once or even several times per day. Green smoothies are best enjoyed fresh, but they can be prepared in advance and kept for up to 2 days.
Tips for Preparing Green Smoothies in Advance
While your green smoothie will taste good for up to 2 days after initially preparing it, I recommend drinking it within 24 hours. I normally drink one blender full of green smoothie per day; half in the morning on the way to work, and half when I get home from work. I do this for several reasons; first, I get a generous amount of smoothie per day, second, I only spend about 8 minutes to prepare and clean up the entire thing, and last, because I do this daily, my afternoon smoothie is very fresh.
Have Ingredients Prepared
The ingredients for my daily green smoothie are already prepared. I throw a banana and some carrots into the blender, and throw some greens on top of that. I always have a pitcher of filtered water handy, so I pour some of that in the blender, and blend it up. Once it gets a nice consistency, I just add the type of frozen fruit that I feel like drinking that day, and blend for about a minute.
Use Cups With Screw-On Lids
For optimal fresh storage of your green smoothie, you’ll need a nice airtight container. My favorite thing to use is a plastic cup with a ring that screws on the outside of it. When my smoothie is ready to serve, I pour a large cup for myself to drink, and pour the rest into the plastic cup for storage. Then, all I have to do to keep the smoothie fresh is place a piece of shrink-wrap over the top of the cup, and screw the ring over the shrink-wrap. It creates a great seal, and when I’m ready to drink it, all I have to do is take the ring off and remove the shrink-wrap. This Sun’s Tea (TM) 18oz Spill Proof Ultra Clear Strong Double-wall Glass Travel Mug/cooler Glass/thermal Glass with Glass See-through Screw-on Cap. Ideal for Icy Cold Soda, Water, Iced Tea, Lemonade, or Hot Tea and Coffee is a good example of one that you might want.
Cleanup After Making Your Green Smoothie
I prefer to clean up immediately after I make my smoothies. If you let the remains of the smoothie sit in the blender for too long, it becomes a burden to clean. In order to avoid this, I simply rinse the blender and blender cap off with warm water and soap immediately after pouring my smoothies. It literally takes less than a minute, and all of the equipment will air dry and be ready for me to use the next morning!