It’s snowy Valentine’s day here and my entire family is spending it watching movies and enjoying each others’ company. Corrine is in day 3 of potty training boot camp and is running around sans diaper, undies or pants. Fun times, let me tell you. And she’s very motivated by “nims.” For those not fluent in Corrine toddler talk, that’s M&Ms.
Quick tip post for you today. Has this ever happened to you? You buy a big bag of spinach with the hopes of eating enough spinach salads and green smoothies to finish the bag before it has the chance to turn to slimy mound of spinach mush? Trust me, the slimy spinach is definitely not good eats even pureed in a smoothie. Please, don’t try it.
So what do you do? Here’s a tip that will make your smoothie making more efficient and save you money in the long run.
Did you know you can actually freeze leafy greens and they will still be edible in a smoothie. You can freeze the leaves as is in small single serving freezer bags and when you’re ready for a smoothie, pull one out and it’s ready to go.
However, I don’t have that much room in my freezer to store the amount of single serving bags that a Costco-sized bag of spinach contains. So, I make pureed spinach ice cubes which serve two purposes in my smoothies: a nutrient dense serving of veggies and the frozen texture needed for a good smoothie.
So how is it done? It’s as simple as it sounds. Pack your blender with spinach (or whatever leafy green you choose) and add enough water to get it moving. Blend to a smooth consistency. Pour in individual ice cube trays and freeze. The next day, I move the cubes from the trays to a freezer bag to keep them fresh!
My greens are ready whenever I’m ready to whip up a green smoothie! Over the years, I’ve perfected my recipe for whatever green smoothie I’m in the mood for or whatever fruit needs to be used up. Because I’m never alone, my recipes are enough to serve 2-3 people.
Here’s my green smoothie basics:
- 2-3 spinach ice cubes
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup of whatever fruit (whole orange, pineapple, strawberries)
- 2 tbsp of vanilla greek yogurt
- 2 tbsp flaxseed
- 1/2 liquid (water or some kind of juice)
What’s your favorite smoothie recipe or tip?