Build a Smoothie Station for Easy Smoothies at Home

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Want to enjoy smoothies more easily and with less mess? Build a smoothie station to streamline your process and to help you enjoy more smoothies more often.

single serve banana smoothie on blender

Ninja Ultima Blender

Don’t you just love a good smoothie? Cool and creamy, sweet and tart, packed with all kinds of good things. Spinach? check. Kale? why not? Chia seeds? sure.

Smoothies, particularly those with a stealthy dose of greens and nutritional supplements, can serve as a great breakfast, lunch, snack, or even dessert. And yes, I know plenty a mom who’s served her family smoothies and popcorn on a Sunday night when she’s just done with cooking.

However, the downsides of smoothie making is

  1. They’re expensive to buy at the fancy pants shop.
  2. There’s a fair amount of stuff to haul out when making them at home.

Either option can seem a little too much sometimes.Β That’s when it’s too your advantage to build a smoothie station.

What is a Smoothie Station?

A Smoothie Station is a centralized location in your freezer to store the ingredients for making smoothies. Pretty simple, right?

Why build a Smoothie Station?

If you make something easy to do, you’ll do it more often — and likely better. By building a Smoothie Station you make it easier to make smoothies. You also make it easier for others in the household to make their own smoothies.

“I love hearing, ‘Where’s the XYZ?’,” said no one. Ever.

Make it easy on yourself as well as those you live with. Create a dedicated drawer or shelf in your freezer to hold smoothie supplies.

smoothie station drawer

What should you put in your smoothie station?

You can fill your Smoothie Station with anything that you like to include in smoothies:

  • frozen berries
  • sliced, frozen bananas
  • frozen stone fruit, like cherries, peaches, or plums
  • sorbet, gelato, frozen yogurt, or ice milk
  • frozen spinach or kale
  • lonely popsicles that need to get used up
  • ice cubes
  • freezer smoothies all ready to go
  • pre-measured packets of fruit and greens for easy dump-and-go blending

I typically chop and “flash freeze”, though really, it’s called open freeze, any fruit that we have that is getting very ripe or those that I find a great deal on. I also freeze little lumps of plain Greek yogurt when I find a great sale. Yogurt acts as a great thickener, especially when frozen.

How to make frozen yogurt lumps:

You can make your own frozen yogurt lumps in ice cube trays, but it’s easier and less messy just to dollop your yogurt onto a piece of plastic wrap on a tray. Slide it into the freezer. Once the yogurt is frozen, it pops right off the plastic wrap and you can store all your little yogurt lumps in a freezer bag in the freezer.

This is a great use for yogurt you find on sale, but also a nice way to use up yogurt that might be too close to the “best by” date.

It’s often a good idea to keep your dry ingredients together in the same cupboard, so think about a nice place to stash these smoothie add-ins:

Making smoothies at home is a great way to save money as well as enjoy smoothies that are truly custom-made, right down to how the berries were sourced. Make it easier on yourself by building a smoothie station at home.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe great meals don't have to be complicated or expensive. There's a better way, and it won't take all afternoon.

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  1. Allie Zirkle says:

    I prefer fresh smoothies so this smoothie station setup works well for us too. I keep flax meal in my station. I don’t chop bananas, I peel and break in half and freeze that way. Loose leaf spinach from the freezer section is a big hit for “Hulk” green smoothies and everyone loves them. Pineapple, coconut, and mango are also big hits in our house. We keep our protein, shaker bottles, and blender all in the same cabinet for ease of use.

    I love the idea of adding in sorbet. Yum!!

    • Jessica says:

      @Allie Zirkle, what form of coconut are you using?

      • Allie Zirkle says:

        @Jessica, Shredded coconut, usually unsweetened. (I like pulp in my OJ so I enjoy the little bits of coconut.)

    • @Allie Zirkle,
      Our smoothies are much like yours, including the tropical fruits. I make a green smoothie every morning with 1 banana, 1.5 cups spinach, 1 T flax, 1 cup milk (kefir/almond combo) and then an additional fruit. Those you have mentioned are also fantastic with 1 T of chopped fresh ginger!

      My husband loves fresh coconut – bought whole, he stabs, drains and peels the skin. It’s quite a process, but he enjoys it and finds it relaxing… kinda like peeling garlic, lol.

  2. Maureen says:

    I love the yogurt dollop idea. Thank you!! I like to buy the larger plain yogurt containers, but we don’t usually go through it all fast enough. I’ve started buying individual containers because of this, so you have just saved me money. Not sure why I never thought of this.

  3. Sue R says:

    I love the frozen yogurt dollop idea. I am going to try it tomorrow!

  4. Carla says:

    My 14yo will be so excited. I freeze my bananas for bread but didn’t think to freeze them for the smoothies–duh. And I definitely didn’t think to do the yogurt thing. Brilliant, especially with the healthier yogurt that doesn’t ever seem to get used up as fast like the sugary stuff. And the more frozen stuff the better for smoothies! Know what to add to my list for next week! How much greek yogurt does he use in a smoothie–I haven’t used it too much so it would be a nice to have a starting point.

  5. Jamie says:

    Freezing the greek yogurt is GENIUS! What a great idea!

  6. Allyson says:

    Stupid question here…do you have to thaw the fruits/yogurt first or can you just throw it into the blender frozen?

    • Jessica says:

      @Allyson, not stupid. Since you chop/make them smaller, they should blend well if there’s enough milk or juice. You can also let the mixture set for a few minutes before blending. It really depends on your blender and the texture that you like your smoothies. Adding crushed ice is something else we do.

  7. To reiterate some other comments – genius on freezing yogurt!

    I wanted to mention that adding frozen anything (fruit or yogurt) will make your smoothie thicker and obviously, cold. I think it has to do with the water content of the fruit being frozen, so it’s kinda like adding the fruit plus miniscule ice cubes to the smoothie… but that’s my non-scientific answer, lol. Still just as nutritious and delicious!

  8. Claire says:

    Love this idea!

  9. Amber says:

    I make a smoothie every day to take to work. I do 1 cup frozen fruit (mango, pineapple, strawberries) to 1 cup greek yogurt and a little milk. I use my immersion blender so it’s quick and easy, and very little clean up. Then I pour it into my “to go” smoothie cup and pop it in the freezer while I finish drying my hair, etc. I pull it out 5-10 minutes later and it’s perfect for the drive to work!

  10. This is a great idea! Such a good way to use up that food that is *almost* on its way out.

  11. Candice M. says:

    such creative and useful tips, thanks

  12. Angela Lierman says:

    What type of protein powder do you use??? I blindly go some at the store – added it to our smoothies and the kids hated it!!! Too gritty and chalky!! What are some favorites??

    • Jessica says:

      @Angela Lierman, it was hard to choose. We’re avoiding unfermented soy and a few other junky items. So, we landed on the store brand at Sprouts. No soy.

  13. Erin says:

    This is probably a stupid question, but what kind of liquid do you usually use with your frozen ingredients? Do you always use juice or does water sometimes work? Do you ever use soy milk?

    • Jessica says:

      We use juice or milk, usually.

  14. Karen says:

    What type of blender do you have? I need to purchase one that could handle smoothie making and need some recommendations.

    • Jessica says:

      @Karen, we have a Magic Bullet. I’m thinking of one of the power blenders though. Wondering if they really are wonderful.

      • Val says:

        @Jessica,

        A vitamix is WELL worth the investment! My grandmother bought one about 10 years ago and passed it on to me…I use it daily and it is still going strong!

  15. DoreenK says:

    Thank you for sharing! I just LOVE the frozen Greek yogurt idea..AWESOME!!! πŸ˜‰ A friend of mine gave me this idea that has worked out wonderfully for my family, & maybe it would for you! Even though smoothie making is not really time consuming..it could be streamlined. I take individual baggies & fill with the following, spinach, kale, frozen fruit, & flax, maca, cacao, ect. Then, all you need to do is grab a baggie, toss it in your juicer/blender, & add your liquids, raw honey & cinnamon. For me, time is of the essence, so anything that can save even a moment, is good to me!!! πŸ˜‰

  16. Angela says:

    Love the yogurt and banana ideas!! Gonna try that! We keep frozen fruit on hand for smoothies! We have a hard time keeping bananas around long enough for smoothies, but maybe if I get them in the freezer before little hands can eat them!!

  17. MORGAN GIBSON says:

    Where do you find ice milk. I have not seen it in years.

  18. tamara says:

    I use the harley pasternak blender which has the same specs as a vitamin at a 1/3 the price. Its amazing. Great tip on the frozen yogurt. We have smoothies every day. It’s how I secretly get greens in the family. I put milk just enough to cover the blades. A large dollap of plain Greek yogurt, a scoop on cocoa powder a tbsp of chia seeds a tablespoon of flax oil a large handful of frozen spinach large handful of frozen kale and top with a generous helping of frozen berries. Yummm never even taste the greens

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