I get this question a lot:

“How long can I store a green smoothie in the refrigerator?”

Green smoothies are best consumed immediately after making them. However, they can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 48 hours.

Smoothies may separate when they sit, and the texture can change. Some smoothie combinations might become too thick or gelatinous if left for too long. For example, a smoothie made with kale for fresh blueberries will become gelatinous if it sits for more than a couple of hours.

Flavor might also change. I find that green smoothies taste the best when they are the freshest. They are not as flavorful the next day.

How To Store A Green Smoothie

Green smoothies should always be kept in the refrigerator. Glass mason jars are the ideal solution for keeping them air-tight and fresh.

Never store a smoothie in your blender pitcher. Most blender manufacturers caution that storing foods in the pitcher may destroy the seal and make the blender harder to clean.

You can transport a green smoothie (to work, on the road, etc…) in any insulated travel container that will keep it cool.

Do Green Smoothies Lose Nutrients When Stored?

Any food loses nutrients the longer it sits. In fact, fruits and vegetables begin to lose nutrients after they are harvested, and as they sit in the store.

Personally, I don’t worry about nutrient loss in a green smoothie when it is consumed within 24 hours.

Time-Saving Green Smoothie-Making Tips

If your morning is just too hectic to squeeze in a few minutes to make a green smoothie, then you can certainly blend it up the night before.

For an even fresher option, chop up all of the fruit and leafy green ingredients the night before, and keep them in the refrigerator in a sealed container. In the morning, all you have to do is dump everything into your blender and hit the “blend” button!

And yet another time-saving option is to pick one day per week to chop all of your smoothie ingredients, including greens. Divide everything up into single-smoothie serving sizes and place them in freezer-safe containers.

You can label what’s in each smoothie if you want. When you want a smoothie, simply take a pre-portioned smoothie bag out of the freezer, toss the chopped ingredients in your blender, add some liquid and blend.

I would not recommend freezing root vegetables like carrots and beets as they will last a long time in the refrigerator anyway, and are going to be very hard to blend when frozen.

Kale, spinach and collard greens freeze well, but I don’t recommend freezing lettuce or dandelion greens.

Fresh produce is always better than frozen, but if you don’t have time to make a fresh green smoothie every morning, this pre-portioned smoothie tip is a great time saver and will still provide the nutrition and health benefits of green smoothies.

Read more time saving weight loss tips, or learn how I wash and store fresh greens. Get answers to other green smoothie and nutrition-related questions on the FAQ page.

Check out my 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge for great smoothie recipe ideas so you don’t have to spend the time looking for recipes. I have included all the nutrition information for you. I have also included an easy to follow shopping list and a substitution list if you find an ingredient you don’t like or can’t find.


About Tracy
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.




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Unfortunately, the Weekend Detox Guide is no longer available for free. The special 48-hour promotion is over!

However, I encourage you to check out my 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, or commit to changing your health and lifestyle with my 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge.

Enjoy!

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Strawberry-papaya-smoothieThis smoothie is absolutely delicious! I call these types of recipes “tropical fusion” because they blend flavors from the tropics with local, seasonal fruits and veggies.

I added a carrot to this smoothie to boost the vitamin A content. Your body converts the beta-carotene in fruits and vegetables into vitamin A. Carotenoids in carrots also promote eye health.

Carrots also provide vitamins C, B3, B6, E and K as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, molybdenum and potassium. They are also a great source of dietary fiber.

This smoothie recipe isn’t quite a meal, but you can turn it into a filling, nutritious breakfast or lunch by adding a scoop of protein powder and some dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach or chard. Protein powder would triple the protein content, and turning this into a green smoothie would significantly boost the calcium and iron content.

Papaya-Strawberry Beta-Carotene Blast Smoothie

  • 4 large strawberries
  • 1 cup papaya, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped *
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 8 ounces unsweetened almond milk

Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

* If you don’t have a high-speed blender, you will need to cut the carrot into pieces before adding it to your blender. You can also try steaming the carrot first before blending it (allow the carrot to cool before you use it in a smoothie).

Nutrition Information

Calories: 286
Protein: 5 grams
Carbs: 57
Fiber: 11.2 grams
Folate: 109.7 mcg
Calcium: 9% DV
Iron: 2.4 mg
Vitamin A: 83%
Vitamin C: 193%

This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Serving Size: One.

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GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!As some of you might already know, I gave birth to my son last September (2013). While I absolutely love him, I didn’t like the weight that I gained while I was pregnant.

I gained more weight during my pregnancy than I should have. It’s tough sometimes to make sure that you are eating enough to support your developing baby, but not too much that you are just putting on excess pounds. And then there’s the pregnancy cravings!

After I gave birth, I was eager to get my body back in shape. I had gained a total of 45 pounds during my pregnancy. That all wasn’t just baby weight.

I knew it was time to kick my butt back into high gear. I continued to drink my green smoothie meals each day and followed a whole foods diet. With the new demands of an infant, I was looking for a workout program that I could fit into what little free time I had.

That’s When I Found Focus T25!

While I loved my other workout programs, I no longer had time for an hour-long workout (having a newborn pretty much eliminates any free time you had!). Here are some of the reasons I chose Focus T25:

  • Half The Time Of Other Workouts: Each workout is only 25 minutes long. That meant that I was able to get a full workout in while my son was napping! Once he got a little older and was sleeping longer, I was able to work out before he even got out of bed. It’s really not hard to fit a 25 minute workout into your routine.

     

    Even without the demands of a newborn, a 25-minute workout can be squeezed into the tightest of schedules.

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  • No Fancy Equipment Necessary: Focus T25 has an alpha and a beta program. The alpha program doesn’t require anything but your willingness to exercise. The beta portion does require a band that they provide for you. However, 95% of the workouts are all body-weight exercises, meaning that your own body weight provides the resistance for the movement.
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  • Easy To Follow Instructions: A lot of the workout programs introduce you to each move, then it’s up to you to try to keep up with them. The exercises might seem easy, but once you press “play” on the DVD player, it’s too easy to forget proper form. Shawn T. reminds you about exactly what you are suppose to be doing and how to do it properly so that you get the most out of your workout. You’ll have better results when you know exactly what you need to do for each move while you are doing it.
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  • You Can Do The Workouts Anywhere: Since you don’t need a lot of space or fancy equipment to do these workouts, you can take them with you when you travel. They are short enough that you can get in a quick workout on your vacation so you don’t miss a beat.
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  • Easy To Follow Workout Calendar: Focus T25 is a 60-day program that comes with a convenient calendar so that you can keep track of your workouts. Simply check off each day as you complete the workout.
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  • Workout Variation: As I mentioned above, there is an alpha and a beta program for this workout. Each section comes with five different workouts. You start with the alpha program and just as you are starting to get used to those moves, you move on to the beta program. The beta program comes with 5 different workouts so your body isn’t getting used to the same routine, which provides better results than doing the same thing every day.

My Transformation

T25 definitely gave me the edge I needed to “re-flatten” my tummy and melt away the extra pounds. I’d say I look pretty good for being a 33 year old mom!

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(The second and third photos were taken 6 months postpartum.)

Join My Challenge Group

Since I am already helping people with their nutrition here on Incredible Smoothies, I wanted to encourage fitness as well. Since I’ve been using their programs for a while now, I decided to become a BeachBody coach! That means that if you are ready to purchase Focus T25 (or any other BeachBody program), you can choose me be your coach and join my challenge group!

A Challenge Group is a small group of like-minded individuals all working TOGETHER to help each other achieve their fitness goals! As part of my group, you will be with other like minded people following the workout calendar for Focus T25 or the Beachbody program of your choice. We’ll track our progress along the way, hold us all accountable, motivate, inspire, and encourage each other to achieve amazing results!

If you already own a Beachbody program and want me to be your coach so that you can join my challenge group, connect with me on my special Beachbody Coach Facebook Page.

If you are getting ready to purchase a workout program and want to be a part of my challenge group, my Beachbody profile name is “tracyrussell” and my coach ID is 462253. Just select me as your coach and then connect with me via the BeachBody site or facebook to join the free challenge group.

Get Your Own Copy Of Focus T25 today

If you are ready to take your health to the next level, click on the image below to get your copy of Focus T25! T25 comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, so if for some reason you are not happy with it, just return it for a full refund.


GET IT DONE: IN  25 MINUTES A DAY!

I Also Use And Recommend These Other Great Home Fitness Programs!

PiYo: PiYo is a combination of yoga and Pilates. It is a great low-impact workout that is very effective at strengthening your entire body.

Hip Hop Abs: This is a FUN workout! I am not very coordinated and I was able to do the moves in this workout. This program is also lead by Shawn T., the same amazing trainer that created T25.

P90X3: This workout program focuses more on strength training with some cardio. I like the fact that it is also only 30 minutes per workout. It focuses on traditional moves like push-ups and pull-ups.

Peach-Strawberry Green Smoothie I made this tasty peach and strawberry green smoothie the other day and shared it with my 11 month old son. He is turning into quite the smoothie drinker! I can’t believe my baby is almost a year old!!!

I added some chia seeds for the additional protein and a healthy dose of omega-3′s.

Just two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 2.4 grams of protein and 240% of your daily recommend allowance of omega-3′s.

Peaches are a good source of vitamin C, potassium, lycopene and lutein. Research shows that lycopene and lutein may help prevent heart disease, macular degeneration and certain cancers.

For an extra-refreshing green smoothie on a hot summer day, try using frozen strawberries in this recipe.

Almond-Peach-Strawberry Green Smoothie Recipe with Chia Seeds

2 medium peaches, pitted
5 medium strawberries
3 cups fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
8 ounces homemade almond milk

Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 331
Protein: 11g
Carbs: 59g
Fiber: 15.6g
Calcium: 19% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Iron: 6.4mg
Vitamin A: 71% RDA
Vitamin C: 144% RDA

This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Serving Size: One.

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Green-Smoothies-For-BabiesAs some of you might know, I gave birth to my first child in September of 2013. Now he is almost 11 months old and loving his green smoothies! He gets really excited when he hears the Vitamix whipping up breakfast. He crawls over to me and practically climbs up my leg trying to get some of the green smoothie I am making.

Both my husband and I share our smoothies with him. He drinks about 6 ounces a day.

Green smoothies are an excellent way to give your baby an easily digestible, highly nutritious form of fruits and vegetables every day.

When to Introduce Your Baby To Green Smoothies

I began to introduce green smoothies to my son when I started to feed him baby purees. He was around five months of age. I knew he was ready to try new foods when he showed interest in, and reached for foods that my husband and I were eating.

All babies are different, though. If your baby doesn’t show an interest in food at five months, I would wait to give them baby purees or smoothies until they do.

Green smoothies, however, should not replace breast milk or infant formula. They are best used as part of your baby’s overall diet and as a way to add vegetables to their diet.

How I Give My Baby Green Smoothies

My son’s first green smoothie had kale, papaya and banana. Don’t shy away from the dark leafy greens like kale and dandelion greens. Your baby isn’t used to sweet foods so they don’t know the difference. I usually give him a few ounces of the smoothie I am drinking.

When I first started giving him green smoothies, I introduced only one new food at a time. If you mix too many new foods and they have a reaction, you will not know which ingredient caused the reaction.

I don’t add sweeteners to my green smoothies, but if you do, I would not share your smoothie with your baby. Make a smoothie with only fruits, vegetables and dark leafy greens. Their taste buds are still adjusting to new foods and the last thing you want is for them to demand extra sweet foods.

The other day, I made him a smoothie with 1/4 banana, 5 slices of carrot, 2 pieces of broccoli, 5 grapes, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 teaspoon vanilla protein powder and three ounces of water. If he is drinking his own smoothie instead of sharing mine, I will add a little protein powder to his smoothies.

My son drank his smoothie through a plastic straw when he was five months old, however, he would bite it so I switched to glass. GlassDharma makes a short straw that he can use from a small cup (with supervision). I hold the jar and straw for him.

When he started drinking green smoothies, I placed my fingers about an inch from the top of the straw to prevent him from shoving the straw all the way to the back of his throat. You might not have to do this step with your child, but my son used to stuff as much of the straw in his mouth as he could if I didn’t hold it for him. After a few weeks, he got better at using a straw and I no longer needed to hold it for him.

I usually add more smoothie to a glass than I think my son will drink. That lets him choose how much he wants. When he stops reaching for the glass, he is done. He started with about 2 ounces when he was five months old, and now he drinks about 6 ounces (at eleven months).

Once again, green smoothies should NEVER replace formula or breast milk. They should be used as you would a puree. Don’t put it in a bottle, either, because if they can’t drink it from a straw, they are not ready for it.

Should You Give Your Baby Superfoods?

Maca, cacao, spirulina and other superfoods are not necessary, and could be harmful (or have undesirable side effects). As I mentioned above, it is best to keep your baby’s green smoothie as simple as possible.

Sometimes I will make my son his own smoothie if I am drinking something he can’t have. For example, I like chocolate protein powder. I use a raw, sprouted protein powder that contains cacao powder that babies should not consume as it is a stimulant.

So there you have it. That is how I am helping my son on his way to becoming a green smoothie drinker like his mommy! If you liked this article, you might be interested in reading about the stage 1 baby purees I made or my three easy steps to losing the baby weight.

Cocoa-Berry Chia SmoothieNot every smoothie I make is a green smoothie. Sometimes I just want some color, and to indulge in the unadulterated goodness of sweet, refreshing fruit – and chocolate!

This cocoa-berry smoothie recipe with chia seeds and almond milk hits the spot on a warm summer day. Raw cacao (chocolate) adds minerals and antioxidants while chia seeds provide a super dose of omega-3s.

(If you can’t find chia seeds in your area, you can always order them online or you can use flax seeds instead.)

You can always add greens to this smoothie. Go ahead and toss in some kale, dandelion or whatever dark leafy greens you have on hand. You’ll boost the mineral content even further.

If you’ve never had pure, raw cacao powder, then you’ll be surprised at just how bitter it is. However, it is sweetened up beautifully by the banana and berries in this recipe. While cacao is loaded with antioxidants, it is also a stimulant so if you are sensitive to coffee, you might want to skip the cacao and use cocoa or carbo powder instead.

Cocoa-Berry Chia Smoothie Recipe

Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 307
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 7 grams
Carbohydrates: 54g
Fiber: 13.3 grams
Calcium: 11% DV
Iron: 3.9 mg
Folate: 56.9mcg
Vitamin A: 1% RDA
Vitamin C: 94% RDA

This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.

Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)

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30-day-smoothie-challengeThere’s nothing like a 30-day green smoothie challenge to help you lose weight, boost your energy, and reboot your diet.

I’m not talking about 30-days of nothing but green smoothies, though. You can begin to enjoy the many health benefits of green smoothies by simply replacing one meal each day with a delicious fruit and veggie shake.

Here are the top five reasons why you should try a 30-day green smoothie challenge today:

#1 – Establish A New Habit

Many behavioral experts say that it takes 30 days to establish a new habit. After a month of performing a new behavior every day, it starts to become second nature.

Drinking a green smoothie every day, especially for breakfast, is one of the easiest ways to get into the habit of consuming more fruits and vegetables. After one month, you won’t want to start your day any other way.

#2 – No More Guesswork, Just Follow The Plan

One of the biggest benefits of joining an “official” challenge, like my 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge, is that you will be provided with all of the recipes, grocery shopping lists and nutrition information.

If you follow the plan, you won’t have to think up new blends, and hope they taste good. You’ll be presented with new recipes every day, and you’ll know exactly what you need to buy at the store when you shop for groceries. It’s so much easier.

#3 – Lose Weight

A 30-day smoothie challenge is a great way to try out the weight loss benefits of a daily green smoothie. Most of the participants on my 30-day challenge have reported weight loss.

Part of the reason is that replacing one meal each day with a green smoothie helps lower calorie intake, boosts fruit and vegetable consumption, provides energy for exercising, and inspires you to make healthy choices for your other meals.

#4 – Reset Your Taste Buds

After drinking a green smoothie every day for a month (not a green smoothie-only diet, but one or two per day), I found myself actually craving healthy foods.

Sweets became too sweet for me. Fried and oily foods felt like lead in my stomach. I actually started enjoying the naturally delicious flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables that I was never able to appreciate before I embraced my daily smoothie ritual.

One of the most powerful tools that can help you transform your overall diet is a daily green smoothie habit. It’s the first step in transitioning to a health-supporting whole foods diet.

#5 – Ease Your Way Toward A Healthier Diet

A 30-day green smoothie challenge isn’t a difficult struggle. All you do is replace one meal each day with a delicious green smoothie. That’s it.

You don’t have to starve, or subsist on liquids, or take pills. Besides the produce (and maybe that dream blender you’ve been eyeing), there are no additional items that you need to spend your money on. Unlike most crash diets, you do not need expensive supplements.

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Mango-Basil Green SmoothieHere’s a delicious green smoothie that blends my favorite tropical fruits with an ingredient you don’t usually associate with a smoothie – basil! The basil goes really well with the pineapple and mango in this smoothie. I only added 5 leaves and it didn’t overpower the smoothie.

Adding herbs, such as basil, to your smoothies are a great way to get out of “flavor ruts” and expand your horizons. In addition to basil, my favorite herbs to use in a green smoothie include cilantro, dill and mint.

I prefer to use fresh herbs when making a smoothie because they blend up better, and the flavors are not as concentrated as they are when dried. Some of my readers have mentioned that they use dried mint in their smoothies and it tasted fine. I’m not sure I would use dried basil, but that is up to you.

Mango-Basil Green Smoothie

  • 1 mango, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
  • 8 ounces homemade almond milk

Nutrition Information

Calories: 319
Protein: 9 grams
Fiber: 12.3 grams
Calcium: 19% DV
Iron: 5.6 mg

This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)

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Strawberry-Basil Green Smoothie

Strawberry and basil is a winning combination! This is a smaller green smoothie, but it’s still filling. I wanted to keep it simple to really highlight the basil flavor.

I added chia seeds as they are a great source of omega-3′s and protein. I soak them before adding them to my smoothies so they don’t swell up and make the smoothie thicker after I blend it.

I like to make my own almond milk as my family goes through it very quickly. You can find a link to my recipe in the ingredients list below.

Strawberry Basil Smoothie

  • 6 medium strawberries
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 8 ounces homemade almond milk

Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the remaining ingredients. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 249
Protein: 7 grams
Fiber: 11 grams
Calcium: 15% DV
Iron: 4.7mg

This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium.

Serving Size: One.

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