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how long can smoothies last and does it help to put ice in them

i dont have a blender at work and i usually eat a large citrus smoothie at around 8 am and bring another 50oz banana something smoothie with me to work to eat later.  i usually wind up eating it earier than i idealy want to because i am concerned that the nutritional value will be less the longer it sits.  i even add ice to it (which i hear is not ideal) to keep it fresher longer but i still it this one at around 930 am which is only an hour and a half after the first.   yeah i could just eat fruit but i love banana(with some other fruit with it) smoothies.  these smoothies realy make it 100% enjoyable to eat.  i still think its important to chew and i usualy have an unblended dinner.  my questions are how long can fruit smoothies last, does ice extend the life of them, which ones last longer and would i even be able to make them the previous evening to save time in the morning? any info would help,

Rick

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First off, it looks like there's been a glitch in the loading of this discussion.  So as to keep all your answers in one thread, go ahead and delete the other four identical threads that somehow also spawned :)

I'm a big fan of smoothies too.  They'll keep very well, if kept cold.  You don't need to add ice to the drink; rather just keep it in a cooler.  The less air you allow under the lid by filling right to the brim, the less it will oxidize.  Obviously, the soonest you can drink it after blending, the better, but if time is a real issue, it shouldn't be a big deal prepping the night before.  You might try prepping all your ingredients at night, washed, pitted, taken off stems, etc. so it's easy to blend in the morning.

One thing that helps the digestive process is to pretend like you're chewing the drink.  Munch it in your mouth as you would solid food.  Enjoy!

I like to drink my smoothies right away too, but for a different reason. For me, if I blend a smoothie the night before or that morning and take it to work, I've found that it sort of separates and settles. And even though I shake it up before drinking it, it's not quite the same as when it was first blended. (My one exception is dateorade, which still separates a bit but shaking it up makes a bigger difference.) I'm able to have a small personal blender (tribest) at work. I can only blend 2-3 bananas at a time with it, but I don't mind that if the end result is a better tasting smoothie. Maybe you can have a small blender at work.

you should drink smoothies straight away

if your going somewhere - throw your fruit in your blender and take the blender with you.

i sure appreciate everyone's input!  peace be with you all!

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