How long are smoothies good for once blended?

Smoothies make for a delicious and nutritious on-the-go breakfast or snack. But like any perishable food, pre-made smoothies won’t stay fresh forever. So how long will that green goodness last in your fridge before it goes bad? Here’s a guide on smoothie shelf life and how to tell when it’s time to toss the old and blend up something new.

How Long Do Smoothies Last?

The shelf life of a smoothie depends on a few key factors:

  • Ingredients used – Fruits and vegetables with higher water content tend to go bad faster. Leafy greens also deteriorate quickly.
  • Storage temperature – Smoothies will last longer when refrigerated versus left at room temperature.
  • Acidity level – Low pH from citrus fruits and yogurt can help preserve smoothies.
  • Blending technique – Smoothies with smaller particles from thorough blending last longer.

Taking these into account, here are some general guidelines for smoothie shelf life:

Room Temperature

2-4 hours:

Smoothies left out at room temperature will go bad most quickly. Drink refrigerated smoothies within 2-4 hours after blending for best quality and safety.


3-5 days:

For refrigerated smoothies prepared with fruits and harder vegetables like carrots:

  • Drink within 3 days for peak flavor and texture
  • Drink within 5 days for acceptable quality

2-3 days:

For refrigerated smoothies containing leafy greens, fresh herbs, and/or softer veggies like cucumber:

  • Drink within 2 days for best quality
  • Drink within 3 days before noticeable deterioration


2-3 months:

For best results, freeze smoothies in air-tight containers or bags. They’ll maintain quality for:

  • 2-3 months in the freezer

Let frozen smoothies thaw in the refrigerator before drinking for ideal texture.

Signs Your Smoothie Has Spoiled

Don’t rely on dates alone to determine if your smoothie has gone bad. Use your senses of sight, smell and taste to check for freshness. Toss smoothies that exhibit the following signs of spoilage:

  • Appearance: Mold, discoloration, separation of ingredients
  • Texture: Extremely thick, clumpy, gritty, slimy
  • Smell: Rotten, sour, unpleasantly fermented
  • Taste: Very bitter, spoiled, rancid

If you notice your smoothie smells or looks “off” in any way, it’s better to be safe than sorry and make a fresh batch.

How to Make Smoothies Last Longer

Here are some tips to extend the shelf life of your smoothies:

Start with fresh, quality ingredients

The fresher your fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, and extras like yogurt and juice, the longer your smoothie will stay good. Avoid old or damaged produce.

Wash produce thoroughly

Give fruits and veggies a good scrub to remove bacteria that can speed up spoilage.

Keep acidic ingredients

Citrus juices, yogurt, and milks provide acidity to help prevent microbial growth. Avoid very alkaline ingredients like bananas or sweeteners.

Blend thoroughly

Break down ingredients into very small particles for a smoother consistency that lasts longer.

Add some healthy fats

Fats like avocado, nut butters, flax and chia seeds help seal in moisture and freshness.

Store in airtight containers

Prevent exposure to air and contamination by storing smoothies in containers with tight lids rather than open cups.

Refrigerate right after making

Get blended smoothies into the fridge within 30 minutes of preparation.

Freeze for longer shelf life

Extend smoothie shelf life from days to months by freezing in individual portions.

Safely Handling Smoothie Ingredients

Proper handling of smoothie ingredients is also key to food safety and longevity. Follow these best practices:

  • Wash hands and prep tools before blending.
  • Use separate cutting boards and utensils for produce and other ingredients like meat.
  • Rinse all produce thoroughly, including pre-washed items.
  • Sanitize countertops and blender before and after use.
  • Keep perishable ingredients refrigerated until blending.
  • Never leave produce or blended smoothies at room temperature over 2 hours.

Shelf Life of Common Smoothie Ingredients

How long individual smoothie ingredients last also affects the shelf life of the final blended beverage. Here is a table summarizing the shelf life of typical smoothie components:

Ingredient Refrigerator Freezer
Leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc.) 3-5 days 6-12 months
Berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc.) 3-6 days 8-12 months
Chopped fruit (apples, mango, pineapple, etc.) 5-7 days 6-12 months
Melons (honeydew, cantaloupe, etc.) 3-5 days 6-9 months
Carrots 2-3 weeks 10-12 months
Fresh herbs (mint, basil, etc.) 3-7 days 6-12 months
Yogurt 7-10 days 2-3 months
Milk 5-7 days 3 months
Tofu 1 week 6-12 months

Smoothie Food Safety

Along with tighter food safety practices outlined above, adhere to these guidelines for smoothie safety:

  • Don’t allow ingredients or prepared smoothies to sit in the “danger zone” between 40-140°F for over 2 hours.
  • When in doubt, throw it out! Discard smoothies that you think may be spoiled.
  • If blending with fresh leafy greens, only store 3-4 days maximum.
  • Don’t mix dairy-based smoothies with produce containing enzymes like pineapple or kiwi that cause curdling.
  • When preparing batches of smoothies in advance, portion into individual servings then refrigerate or freeze.
  • Blend ahead and freeze smoothies containing only fruits and vegetables if drinking later.
  • Freeze smoothies with dairy or leafy greens no more than 24-48 hours for best quality.


Pre-made smoothies can save time and promote healthier eating when you’re busy. With proper storage and handling, they can maintain both nutritional value and safety for 3-5 days when kept refrigerated. Freezing smoothies provides longer shelf life up to several months. Keep an eye on appearance, smell, taste and texture to gauge freshness before drinking. Following food safety guidelines and best practices for preparing, storing and serving smoothies will help you enjoy all the wholesome goodness a homemade blend can offer.

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