Tropical Green Make Ahead Smoothies | Vegan & Whole30
Green Make Ahead Smoothies with Banana, Mango & Pineapple – Freezer Smoothies in Mason Jars!
These tropical green make ahead smoothies only have 4 simple ingredients, including one of the most nutrient-dense greens on the planet: spinach. But, paired with a trio of naturally-sweet, tropical fruits, you can’t even taste it! It’s a creamy, sippable, fuel-filled breakfast that can make life so much easier.
Make ahead smoothies are definitely a go-to meal prep breakfast for me. Just portion and store your ingredients, freeze, then blend in the morning with the milk of your choice! A simple fix so I always have a healthy breakfast ready in my freezer.
And, you can prep these green make ahead smoothies in mason jars for easier cleanup and less waste!
The Superfood Power of Spinach
We all know that spinach is good for us, but why? Well, it’s not just because it keeps Popeye strong and kickin’! In fact, researchers looking at the nutrient density of different foods ranked spinach among the top 10 most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, alongside other superfood greens like kale and collard greens.
And that’s because spinach has a very high concentration of vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients per calorie. More nutritional bang for your calorie buck, if you will! In just one of these tropical green make ahead smoothies, the spinach alone provides:
- almost twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin K, which helps to build and maintain bone strength.
- more than half of your recommended vitamin A, which keeps our eyes, skin, and hair healthy as we age.
- 15% of your daily vitamin C, an immune-boosting nutrient that also acts as an antioxidant.
- 15% of your daily folate intake, which is especially important for women who are pregnant because it’s involved in synthesizing DNA and producing new cells.
Best of all, spinach is an incredible anti-inflammatory food, and one of the very best sources of the antioxidants quercetin and kaempferol. These phytonutrients can neutralize free radicals in our bodies, which helps reverse signs of aging and prevent chronic diseases.
And, most importantly, spinach’s antioxidants fight off chronic inflammation. Since research is now showing that chronic inflammation underlies almost every chronic disease, we could all use more anti-inflammatory foods like spinach in our lives!
Plus, feel free to use frozen spinach in your make ahead smoothies. Since it’s frozen at the peak time of freshness, it’s just as nutritious as fresh spinach!
Make Ahead Smoothies, Made YOUR Way
Don’t get me wrong, spinach is a great choice for a leafy green. But, in general, dark leafy greens tend to be amazingly nutrient-rich—much more so than greens with lighter leaves (like romaine). So, feel free to explore other dark leafy greens like kale or collards in your green make ahead smoothies if you like!
And, go wild with whichever fruits you enjoy. Personally, I love the combination of banana, mango, and pineapple because of their sweet, tropical flavors and the thick, creamy texture they create! Plus, combined with the spinach, all of those fruits pack 6 grams of satiating fiber into my breakfast.
It’s hard to get much simpler than this recipe, but feel free to jazz it up however you like! Again, already-frozen produce is perfect for these tropical green make ahead smoothies—and just as nutritious. Frozen goods will be easy to portion out and store, plus they can save you a pretty penny!
Simplify & Save the Planet—with Make Ahead Smoothies in Mason Jars
You can of course prep and store your ingredients in freezer-safe bags if you prefer. But, for a more environmentally-friendly option, try storing your make ahead smoothies in mason jars!
There’s less waste, mason jars are easy to clean, and my freezer smoothie packs don’t get lost in the fridge like smoothie bags often can. Just be sure to stuff them REALLY full, with as little air left in the jar as possible, to prevent your jars from cracking due to freezer burn!
Tropical Green Make Ahead Smoothies
- 1 cup spinach, fresh or frozen
- 1 banana, fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup cubed mango, fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup milk of choice, add at time of making
- Add all ingredients except for milk to a glass mason jar, or a freezer-safe bag. (Be sure to pack your jar full so there’s not much air left in it, or remove as much air as possible from your freezer-safe bag before sealing it!)
- Store in the freezer. If storing in jars, leave some space between them so there’s room for the cold air to circulate.
- The morning you’re ready to prepare your smoothie, let the jar thaw on the counter for a few minutes so your ingredients come out more easily.
- Add frozen ingredients to your blender with milk of choice and blend.
- Serve and enjoy!