10 Make-Ahead Smoothies the Whole Family Will Love

Mix up a healthy morning treat that's fruity, filling, and always cool.

Prepped ingredients for smoothies
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Smoothies are a healthy, fast, easy way to get the whole family fueled each morning. And putting them together can be a creative, fun experience for the kids that gets them excited to head to the blender each morning.

Make smoothies fun by getting kids in on the assembling action. In less than an hour, the whole family can have their favorite smoothies prepped to get them through the next two weeks.

Quick Tips for Smoothie Prep

Gather ingredients and tools. Place bowls filled with nuts, fruits (frozen or fresh), and other ingredients into large bowls, with spoons or small measuring cups (1/4 cups are perfect). You'll also want some small, sandwich-sized resealable plastic bags, gallon-sized bags, as well as permanent markers so kids can write their names on their bags.

smoothie ingredients and to-go cups
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Create smoothie bags. Let kids scoop fruits and nuts into small bags, creating their own combos, but encouraging them to try different options. Create one bag as an example so they can see how full to fill them—fruits should amount to about one cup, and a couple of tablespoons of nuts is perfect.

Load up the freezer. Place smaller bags into larger bags, with each family member getting their own. Then little hands can choose a different one each morning

10 Top-Rated Smoothie Recipes

Not quite sure where to start? Use these recipes as inspiration for your prep session.

1. Blueberry Cream Slushy

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PICANTE gave this recipe five stars, saying "I've made this recipe three or four times in the last two weeks. I can't get enough!" They also had a great tip if you find yourself with leftovers: "Put it in the freezer, then thaw it out for an hour or so and blend again when you want a quick treat."

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Cream Slushy

2. Quick Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Quick Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
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"Fabulous!!" This rave from one Allrecipes user includes high marks for an ingredient that might give some pause: "I have never tried a smoothie with oatmeal! Who'da thunk—this is great!"

Get the Recipe: Quick Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

3. Almond Butter and Blueberry Smoothie

Almond Butter and Blueberry Smoothie
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This recipe calls for vanilla protein powder and almond butter. "My almond butter and jelly smoothie is a spin-off of peanut butter and jelly and is my perfect mid-afternoon snack or even my lunch," says Barbieri.

Get the Recipe: Almond Butter and Blueberry Smoothie

4. Easy Mango Banana Smoothie

Easy Mango Banana Smoothie
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This makes quite a bit, so it's a great one to whip up for the whole family in the morning. Refrigerate any extra for an afternoon indulgence.

Get the Recipe: Easy Mango Banana Smoothie

5. Kale Banana Smoothie

Kale Banana Smoothie
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France C. only had good things to say about this recipe: "I made it exactly as written and it made a HUGE serving—three cups of deliciousness all to myself! It could easily be split to serve two people, though."

Get the Recipe: Kale Banana Smoothie

6. Almond Berry Smoothie

Almond Berry Smoothie
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This paleo-friendly smoothie looks as good as it tastes with a deep purple color from fresh or frozen blueberries.

Get the Recipe: Almond Berry Smoothie

7. Groovy Green Smoothie

Groovy Green Smoothie
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According to one Allrecipes user, this recipe is kid-approved: "A great way to get your kids to eat greens! You will be amazed by this yummy fruity smoothie. Experiment with different amounts or types of fruit and make your own."

Get the Recipe: Groovy Green Smoothie

8. Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie
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Strawberries, bananas, yogurt, and fruit juice come together to create this vibrant smoothie. Want to cut the sweetness? Swap out the fruit juice, and add milk (plant-based or traditional).

Get the Recipe: Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie

9. Avocado Smoothie

Avocado Smoothie
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"I am always looking for ways to use avocados," says 3BOYS3. "This was incredibly delicious. I made it for breakfast but it could easily be a dessert — it was very rich and creamy like a milkshake. Even the kids enjoyed it."

Get the Recipe: Avocado Smoothie

10. Fig Smoothie

Fig Smoothie
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Gottacook now has a great use for the bounty from her backyard fig tree: "So simple, and the figs really make the smoothie creamy. My husband even loved it and he's not a fig fan. I'm going to try to freeze some of our figs so we can make this smoothie all year."

Get the Recipe: Fig Smoothie

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