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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time Saving Tip - Freezing Produce for Green Smoothies




Most mornings, making a green smoothie is no problem.  I give the kids their breakfast, wash and chop some veggies, and it's done.  But there are those mornings where everyone is running late that I'm so glad to have a freezer full of produce ready to dump in the blender.  It certainly takes away the excuse that I don't have time, as it's faster than making a piece of toast!  Also, if we haven't been to the store in a few days and are running low on produce, it's a great back-up to have.


There are two ways to do it.....prep the exact ingredients for 1 smoothie per bag, or simply keep a separate bag for each fruit and vegetable.  When I first started freezing, I set aside a day a month and prepped smoothie bags, for example each bag had: 3 leaves of kale, a handful of spinach, 1 stalk of celery, 1 carrot, 1 apple, 1/2 a peeled lemon, and some berries, all washed and chopped.  They were great and required no thought, just open a bag, dump in the blender, and add some hot water.  Lately though, my husband and I have just been buying a little extra produce each time (washed and chopped), and throwing some of it in a freezer bag while we are making our morning smoothie.  This works better for me, for a couple of reasons....you can vary the produce and choose from a wider selection each day, and the drink is not too cold if you use both fresh and frozen ingredients.  But you'll have to see what works for you.

Bonus!  If you are new to blending and are having a tough time with the taste of greens, freezing is a great help.  For some reason it mellows out the bitter taste some greens have, at least in my opinion.

TIPS:

Freeze berries and other wet fruits, like orange or lemon segments, separated evenly and not touching, on a baking sheet first.  After an hour or two, throw them in a large ziploc together and they will not stick together in one large chunk.  Same goes for bananas slices!

Stock up on produce when your supermarket is having a special on a particular item.  I look for deals on organic bell peppers, for example, as they are freakishly expensive.  In the summer we head to the local berry patch for the super sweet organic strawberries, you can't even compare the taste of strawberries you find in the freezer at the store.

Freezing allows you to switch up your greens which is very important.  I try to never do the same green two days in a row,  and if you have a large bunch of fresh Swiss chard, you almost have to use it every day in able to use it up before going bad....unless you are freezing.  Greens naturally contain small amounts of toxins that protect them in nature.  For example, oxalic acid in spinach, which can be a problem in high doses for people who are prone to kidney stones.  While it probably would never be a problem for most people, it is easier for you body, and better nutritionally, to rotate your greens.

 
 
 
 


3 comments:

  1. Thanks dear for sharing these useful tips!! I will definitely consider your guidelines while preparing my Green drink. I drink green smoothies daily in the morning. I feel this is the best way to stay healthy naturally.

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    1. Thank you Eli, I agree, I feel lost on days that I don't have a green smoothie!

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