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Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

By Rachel Tiemeyer

The Very Berry Smoothie starts your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus some hidden spinach. Make some freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have these on hand for a quick, nutritious breakfast.

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You hear the term “superfood” tossed around all the time, but what exactly does that mean? A superfood is one that is far and away more nutrient dense than other healthy foods. That means the nutrient-to-calorie ratio falls disproportionately in favor of the nutrients. Our smoothie ingredients, including the berries, spinach, flaxseed, and pecans, all fall into the superfood category.

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Not only are they incredible for your health, but berries, spinach, and the other ingredients taste really good when blended together in our Very Berry Smoothie. Here is your shopping list of real food (and superfood!) ingredients for this delicious Very Berry Smoothie:

  • frozen mixed berries
  • baby spinach
  • ground flaxseed
  • raw pecans (or your favorite raw nut)
  • unsweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk)
  • vanilla Greek yogurt (recommended: Siggi brand)

I think smoothies are even more fun to drink when you have some cute paper straws on hand like these to top off your beverage. So stinkin’ easy to enjoy a healthy, colorful breakfast, right?!

berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Our Easy, Healthy Smoothies

The Very Berry Smoothie is actually the last and final smoothie recipe we’ll be sharing for a bit. We’ve paused from our usual freezer meal recipes to share 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes on the blog that you can make ahead and freeze as smoothie packs. Be sure to try (or Pin for later) these others:

All of the easy, healthy smoothie recipes we have shared have a few things in common. Each recipe:

  • Tastes good! Yes, these smoothies are SUPER HEALTHY but we wanted to make sure they didn’t taste like weeds from the backyard.
  • Includes only simple real food ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store.
  • Makes a single-serving (approx. 16 ounce) smoothie, which can work as a meal replacement. Or, divide it up among family members.
  • Includes fruits and/or vegetables and a source of protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.
  • Includes freezer smoothie pack instructions so you can prep several of them ahead of time to have on hand.
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How to Use a Freezer Smoothie Pack

One of the best parts of these recipes, in our humble opinion, is that you can make several freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have on hand for quick breakfasts and snacks. Having these pre-made packs at our finger tips has made our families into smoothie addicts! What an easy way to get superfoods into your diet every single day.

berry smoothie in mason jar with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Take a look at how easy it is to use your freezer pack in the morning…

If you’re concerned about reducing the use of plastic bags like we are, we can recommend these high-quality silicone storage bags. They are the perfect size for smoothie packs but also work well for any food storage. We’ve found that they are easy to clean (even dishwasher safe!), easy to use, and leak-proof. Silicone is one of the safest materials to store and even bake our food in, as it does not leach any chemicals into the food.

What Blender Do I Need to Make a Very Berry Smoothie?

Now, let’s talk blenders for a minute. Not all of them are created equal. I’ve owned a lot of brands over the years–Frigidaire, Cuisinart, Ninja, Vitamix, and Oster. To really pulverize the freezer smoothie packs, you’ll need a high-powered blender. The two blenders that stand out as winners from my experience are…

  1. The Vitamix (of course!) because it is very high-powered, super simple, and will last for an eon. I saved up for and owned a refurbished version that lasted over five years with daily use. I could have sent it in to Vitamix to get fixed but instead opted for the blender below (and am very happy).
  2. My current and more affordable Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender makes smooth smoothies and allows me to make single serving smoothies. Love the single serving blend-and-go design! The big blender doesn’t pulverize as well as the smaller containers do or the Vitamix, just so you know. We use the single-serving blender daily!
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With your superfoods and blender at hand, it’s time to start your day well with our Very Berry Smoothie!

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Very Berry Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: One (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Start your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus hidden spinach. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.


Ingredients

  • 11 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (sub: milk of choice)
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (or use plain yogurt and sweetened with honey to taste)
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc)
  • 1 cup spinach or kale, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons raw pecan halves (sub: any other raw nut)

Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1 cup almond milk and 1/4 vanilla Greek yogurt to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/4 cup more almond milk, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc)
  • 1 cup spinach or kale, packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons raw pecan halves (sub: any other raw nut)

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Start by adding1 cup almond milk and 1/4 vanilla Greek yogurt to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.

Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Frozen strawberries, pineapple, and banana combine with coconut milk and almonds to create the most luxurious, healthy smoothie you’ve ever had! This easy Strawberry Piña Colada fruit smoothie has party time written all over it.

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About the Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie

Can it really be classified as a smoothie? This fruit smoothie tastes like the best Strawberry Piña Colada milkshake you’ve ever had–if that exists. Besides the Blueberry Muffin Smoothie, this was the most popular one with my kids. Heck, you may even want to spike it with a little rum at your next party or brunch (adults only, course!). Virgin or spiked, it’s DELICIOUS and such a treat!!!

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I recommend using full-fat coconut milk from the can, if you want the best milkshake experience. But, coconut water or your favorite milk will work as a substitute. Just can’t promise it will blow. you. away. like that full-fat coconut milk will. The good news: the fat in coconut has some positive health benefits for you, too.

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Here is your shopping list for this easy, healthy smoothie:

  • Coconut milk (preferably full-fat in the can!)
  • Banana
  • Fresh or frozen pineapple
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries
  • Sliced or slivered raw almonds
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

7 Easy, Healthy Smoothies

In case you haven’t heard, we are sharing 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes that you can make ahead and freeze as freezer smoothie packs this month on the blog.

All of our delicious smoothies are:

  • made with real food ingredients you can find almost anywhere,
  • full of a variety of healthy fruits/vegetables, proteins, and fats to keep you satisfied and feeling great,
  • gluten-free,
  • and mostly dairy-free.

You may want to try (or Pin for later) the others smoothies we’ve shared.

Bonus: In all of our smoothie recipes, we teach you how to prep these ahead of time into freezer smoothie packs to have on hand for an easy breakfast or snack anytime! Healthy eating has never been so easy.

How to Make Freezer Smoothie Packs

strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Freezer smoothie packs have become the norm around our houses these days. That’s because, just like with our healthy freezer meal recipes, it makes so much sense to use our time and resources wisely by prepping these smoothies in bulk.

strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw, freezer smoothie pack

Having a pack of the frozen solid ingredients on hand means all you have to do is pour the liquid in your blender, dump in the bag, and blend. You’ll be walking out the door with a tasty, nutritious breakfast in just minutes! Take a look at how easy it is…

If you’re concerned about reducing the use of plastic bags like we are, we can recommend these high-quality silicone storage bags. They are the perfect size for smoothie packs but also work well for any food storage. We’ve found that they are easy to clean (even dishwasher safe!), easy to use, and leak-proof. Silicone is one of the safest materials to store and even bake our food in, as it does not leach any chemicals into the food.

Ready to start your day with a party in your mouth? Grab your blender and let’s get started on the Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie…

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Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 5 minute
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: One (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Frozen strawberries, pineapple, and banana combine with coconut milk and almonds to create the most luxurious, healthy smoothie you’ve ever had! Prep ahead and make it into freezer smoothie packs to have on hand any time. This easy Strawberry Piña Colada fruit smoothie has party time written all over it. 


Ingredients

  • 11 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (recommended: full-fat version in the can; or substitute coconut water or your favorite milk)
  • ½ banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sliced or slivered raw almonds (sub: raw cashews or macadamia nuts)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (see notes above in ingredient list) to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/2 cup more of coconut milk, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • ½ banana, in slices or chunks
  • 1/2 cup whole strawberries, stemmed
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sliced or slivered raw almonds (sub: raw cashews or macadamia nuts)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Start by adding 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk (see notes above in ingredient list) into a high-powered blender first. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.


Notes

  • You’ll have some leftover coconut milk if using the canned version. Either store it in the fridge for another smoothie that week or try it as a creamer in your coffee! It’s delicious.
  • Feel free to add a little rum to this smoothie if making it for a party or fun drink on vacation!
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Orangesicle Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Sweet potato, clementines, carrots, and bananas create the base of this easy smoothie that’s a healthier version of the orange sherbet push-up pops from childhood. Yum! Freezer smoothie pack instructions included so you can prep these smoothies ahead of time.

Orange smoothie in mason jar with straw

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7 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes

This month, we are sharing 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes that you can make ahead and freeze as freezer smoothie packs. You’re going to love today’s Orangesicle Smoothie if you were ever a fan of the Dreamsicle or Creamsicle pops as a kid!

You may want to try (or Pin for later) these others smoothies we’ve shared so far.

Wouldn’t it be fun to have your freezer stocked with all these different flavors as freezer smoothie packs?

What are Freezer Smoothie Packs?

Having the main ingredients for your smoothie on hand in the freezer in individual packs means healthy eating is right at your fingertips anytime. Both of us have become smoothie addicts since starting to prep freezer smoothie packs ahead. Just be sure to follow our instructions in the recipe to layer them perfectly.

Orangesicle Smoothie Packs

If you’re trying to cut down on plastic bag use like we are, try these reusable silicone bags. We’ve personally tested these bags for weeks now. I’ve found them to be easy to rinse out and dry, and they do not leak. They seem well made and worth the investment.

About the Orangesicle Smoothie

Back to the gorgeous smoothie at hand! Not only is today’s Orangesicle Smoothie recipe a throw back of one of my favorite childhood treats–the Creamsicle pop–, but it’s full of veggies and fruits that provide an abundance of Vitamins C and A, as well as, good ole fiber.

It may surprise you to know that raw sweet potatoes and carrots blend seamlessly into this frothy orange drink and also freeze well in the smoothie packs.

Orange smoothie in mason jar with straw

Below is your shopping list for this easy, healthy smoothie:

  • Unsweetened plain almond milk (or your milk of choice) – I often choose this kind of almond milk to avoid extra dairy and sugar, but feel free to use whatever kind of milk you like.
  • Orange Juice – look for 100% pure, fresh squeezed orange juice
  • Vanilla Greek yogurt – I recommend Siggi Vanilla Whole Milk Yogurt because it only has all natural ingredients, it’s lower in sugar, and contains a wide variety of probiotics.
  • Raw Carrot
  • Raw Sweet Potato
  • Banana
  • Clementine or orange

I think smoothies are even more fun to drink when you have some cute paper straws on hand like these to top off your beverage.

Orange smoothie in mason jar with straw

What Blender Do I Need?

If you’re committed to consuming more smoothies, we’d recommend investing in a high powered blender. Cheaper blenders can sort of do the job, but you’ll get a much better texture with a high-powered blender. My affordable single serving Ninja blender works very well for our single serving smoothies recipes, since it pulverizes everything and fits the ingredients perfectly.

If you want to make large batches of smoothies, I’d recommend saving up for the Vitamix blender. You can find very good refurbished versions on Amazon that will last a long time. My basic refurbished Vitamix lasted over five years with daily use.

Orange smoothie in mason jar with straw

As with all of our healthy smoothie recipes, if you like things sweeter, just add a dollop of honey, pure maple syrup, or agave nectar until you get the flavor you desire. I encourage you to start with no added sweetener, though, and see if you can train your tastebuds to love the natural sweetness of fruit and veggies first. (I’m looking at you, Polly Conner! 🙂

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Orangesicle Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: One (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Sweet potato, clementine, carrot, and banana create the base of this easy, heathy smoothie that is reminiscent of the old orange sherbet push-up pops. Yum!


Ingredients

  • 1/21 cup unsweetened plain almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (recommend Siggi brand)
  • ½ cup RAW peeled, diced sweet potatoes*
  • ½ banana, sliced*
  • 1 large clementine, in segments (sub: ½ an orange)*
  • ½ cup RAW sliced carrots*

*The smoothie texture is best if these ingredients are frozen beforehand in a freezer smoothie pack. If you don’t have time to freeze them, then add a 1/2 cup of crushed ice or more to achieve desired consistency.


Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/2 cup orange juice to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/2 cup more of almond milk, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • ½ cup peeled, diced sweet potatoes
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • 1 large clementine, in segments (sub: ½ an orange)
  • ½ cup sliced carrots

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Start by adding 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup orange juice, and the yogurt into a high-powered blender first. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

By Polly Conner

With sweet blueberries, banana, rolled oats, a few walnuts, and milk, the easy, healthy Blueberry Muffin Smoothie blends to a beautiful shade of purple and makes kids and adults alike happy. After all, who doesn’t love a Blueberry Muffin?! Psst…it’s also packed to the brim with gluten-free, dairy-free nutrition!

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Blueberries are a powerhouse of nutrition, if you haven’t heard. They are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables. Several studies suggest that blueberries reduce DNA damage, which is a leading driver of aging and cancer. Regular blueberry intake is tied to lower blood pressure in numerous studies and the antioxidants in blueberries seem to benefit your brain by aiding brain function and delaying mental decline. (Source)

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Seriously. Today’s Blueberry Muffin Smoothie is SO good for you. You’ve got your superfood blueberries, of course, but it also comes with protein-and-fiber-rich, cholesterol-lowering oats and raw walnuts, which get blended smooth so you hardly notice them.

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It’s more than just a healthy way to start your day, though. It’s also one of our most popular smoothie recipes with kids! A poll between various smoothie flavors was taken of our own children and some neighbor kids (ranging from ages 8-14) and this one rose to the top as the fave. That’s because we’ve taken our blueberry smoothie game to the next level by adding basic ingredients of the much loved Blueberry Muffin itself.

7 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes

This Blueberry Muffin Smoothie is part of our series of 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes that you can make ahead and freeze as smoothie packs. 

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Did you have a chance to try the other smoothies from our series yet? They are SOOO good and good for you.

All of the easy, healthy smoothie recipes we are sharing have a few things in common. Each recipe:

  • Tastes good! Yes, these smoothies are SUPER HEALTHY but we wanted to make sure they didn’t taste like weeds from the backyard.
  • Includes only simple real food ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store.
  • Makes a single-serving (approx. 16 ounce) smoothie, which can work as a meal replacement. Or, divide it up among family members.
  • Includes fruits and/or vegetables for an easy, delicious way to get more nutrition.
  • Includes at least one source of protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.
  • Includes freezer smoothie pack instructions so you can prep several of them ahead of time to have on hand.

How to Make Freezer Smoothie Packs

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Since we are tongue and cheek, “freezer cooking evangelists”, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we have mastered the art of making smoothie packs in bulk and freezing them. This smoothie-making hack will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. We also find that we are much more likely to make a smoothie when the ingredients are already pulled together and all we have to do is add liquid.

To make this recipe a smoothie pack, simply follow our freezing instructions given below in the recipe. We prefer to make 4 smoothie packs at a time to save time and money.

blueberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

With a high-powered blender like this one or this one on hand, along with a few simple ingredients, your family will enjoy this easy, healthy smoothie for breakfast or a snack anytime.

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: Approx. one (16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Description

With sweet blueberries, banana, rolled oats, a few walnuts, and milk, this beautiful and nutritious purple smoothie really does taste like a Blueberry Muffin. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and includes freezer smoothie pack instructions.


Ingredients

  • 11 1/2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (sub: your choice of milk)
  • ½ banana, sliced (preferably frozen for best texture)
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats (for GF: look for gluten-free oats)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts (sub: chopped raw pecans or almonds)

Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1 cup almond milk to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to a 1/2 cup more of almond milk, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • ½ banana, sliced 
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats (for GF: look for gluten-free oats)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts (sub: chopped raw pecans or almonds)

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Pour 1 cup almond milk into a high-powered blender first. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.