05/31/13

Beach-ready Smoothies + Tips on freezing fruit

It may be the end of May and the end of my 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge, but my green smoothie challenge is going to follow me into June and all the way to the beach this week.

What can I say? I have come to enjoy, crave, and expect them along with my cup of hot tea each morning.

So, in order to transport green smoothies as easily as possible, I made a few different ones I enjoy, poured them into Ziploc bags, laid them flat, sealed the bags, and froze them in thin, solid layers. I found that the easiest way was to lay them in a 9×13 glass pan and separate them with sheet of foil just so the bags don’t freeze together too!

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A nice wrapping of newspaper, a couple of ice packs, and a medium sized cooler later, we were off! Simply defrost in the fridge the day before you want to enjoy it and Voila! Smoothies to go.

In order to prepare for the grand smoothie transport, I prepped all of the ingredients in advance.

Did you know you could freeze fruit? Greens? Nuts? You can freeze it all!

Bought a big bag of spinach or kale at the farmer’s market? Throw it in the freezer. Yep, you heard me. You can put it all in the freezer.

As fruits go, I freeze them in a 9×13 glass dish in one single layer. Try not to let them touch! Flash freeze them until just frozen and popsicly enough and then place them in a Ziploc bag together until you are ready. They won’t stick together at this stage.

Delicious, ripe blackberries perfect for smoothies, for baking, or for a fresh yogurt topping!

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Even fresh spears of juicy pineapple! Love a few of these popped in with 1/2 banana or a few mangoes and a splash of fresh OJ for a tropical green smoothie. In fact, that’s one of the smoothies I packed.

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There really is no limit to the freezing goodness.

Found avocados on sale?

Peel and pit the avocados and slice in half. Then place them cut side up on a plate and freeze until the outside is a bit icy and the flesh is firm.

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All these bad boys will have to do is thaw out in the fridge overnight the day before you want to chop them up for guacamole! Perfect!

So, let me share with you one of my most recent smoothie finds. If you have ever considered, even if it was just a passing thought, and wondered if you could do this challenge, if you could learn to drink green smoothies, than this smoothie ought to change your mind!

Really. I’m being serious.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 big handfuls of greens (I used baby spinach for this one)
  • 1 frozen banana (cut into small rounds)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder, raw and unsweetened
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter depending on your taste
  • sweetener if needed (honey or agave)
  • 1 cup of crushed ice (this is optional, but I like a nice frothy, milk shake consistency for this one)

Blend together and enjoy! This smoothie is for 2, so I warn you, don’t be left alone with this smoothie. Okay?

Plus, this smoothie’s color isn’t so bright green and scary for those that find the color is the big turn off. Honestly, the color wasn’t an issue for me.

Just trust me, it was really good.

Yep! You guessed it. It’s one of the ones I packed…

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If I am going to drink a smoothie as a meal replacement, why can’t that smoothie be a chocolate one? 🙂

Smoothie bliss! Even while on vacation.

What kind of snacks do you pack for vacation???

I’m sure I’m not the only one who does this… right?

Right?

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