Starting the day with a green smoothie is one of the easiest ways to add more green vegetables and fruits to your diet. If you start with this lifestyle, one of the first difficulties you will encounter is that you run out of fresh vegetables and fruits in the middle of a tough week. Here are some tips, so you have one less thing to worry about when you want to make green smoothies part of your daily breakfast routine.
Buy fresh fruits, wash them thoroughly, cut them into squares, use a measuring cup to make one-cup packs, and freeze them. Use small glass containers to freeze them, but plastic bags also work well.
According to the USDA, quality and freshness at the time of freezing will determine how well the food stays over time. Therefore, a good idea is to freeze seasonal fruits. They are cheaper, they taste better, and their consumption benefits the environment and the local economy.
To add variety, also buy packages of fruits that are not locally harvested, which come pre-washed, cut and frozen. If it’s challenging to get organic fruits locally, this is a way to simplify your life. Additionally, it limits the amount of pesticides you ingest, especially from fruits that you eat with the skin on.
Some of the best fruits to freeze are:
- Bananas (peeled in advance)
Freezing fruit also helps us save money. It’s a practical way to use very ripe fruits, and you have not consumed yet. You will never have to throw away any more bananas that got dark. Just freeze them when they are turning dark. The more ripe the fruits, the sweeter they will be. The next time you have fruits ripening, and you can’t eat them all, just freeze them for your green smoothies.
Freezing Green Vegetables
The best green leafy vegetables to freeze and add to your green smoothies are:
- Collard Greens
Just make sure to add the green vegetables to your blender without previously thawing them. Leafy vegetables with a thick, rubbery texture work best for freezing. The National Center for Home Food Preservation doesn’t recommend freezing any type of lettuce or cabbage.
Just follow steps similar to the ones you will follow if you freeze fruit. Wash your greens, dry them thoroughly, measure one cup, and freeze them. Packing them in one-cup measurements will help you follow green smoothie recipes, especially if you’re a beginner at making them. The volume of green vegetables is reduced after they have been frozen, so one cup of green leaves will be less than one cup after frozen. You can also buy these already frozen vegetables.
Freezing Fruits and Vegetables Together
If you want to be extra efficient, you can measure the portions of fruits and green leaves you need for a smoothie and freeze them together in the same container. This works exceptionally well if your mornings are hectic, and you really want to get into the habit of having a green smoothie to start each day.
You can combine the measures of fruit, green leaves, and any other ingredient you want to add to your smoothie. Then, freeze them together in a container or plastic bag. You choose a day of the week to prepare bags for the whole week.
Just remember the night before you make your smoothie, move the bag that you will use from the freezer to the refrigerator to soften it a little. In the morning, just add the frozen ingredients to the blender, Add the liquid you are going to use, and any powder supplement if you wish. A little planning on the weekend can make your green smoothie habit stress-free throughout the week.