There are some things I am really good at. I can wrap presents like a boss – for real. They look all department store customer service area good. And not to brag, but you’ve never seen usher a turtle across the road as well as I can. Even those water turtles that have necks that make them look like snakes and really freak me out. I’m so awesome and walking with my heels together and my feet shaped like a vee scooting them across the road. I’m so good people even hang out their windows cruising down Route 66 and cheer. Just ask my Mom, she’s seen it. Of course there are things I’m terrible at like sports and backing up vehicles and not crying when an animal dies on TV.
Another thing that I kind of stink at is using up all of my fresh fruits and veggies. And it makes me feel terrible. Like this apple died for no good reason! It may be silly but it’s the truth. And I hate wasting money and that’s what a rotten pomegranate is in the end, isn’t it? And that is why more and more I find myself turning to frozen fruits and veggies.
When I over-buy from the frozen section the only problem I might encounter is that when I come home I might have to play Tetris in the freezer. But there will be no rotten broccoli making weird smells in my crisper or a sudden invasion of fruit fly colony hanging out near some bad berries in a few days and for that I’m super thankful.
And guess what? I know there was this thing going around that fresh is always healthier but that isn’t the truth of it. The University of California, Davis did a little ol’ study and guess what they found? Frozen fruits and veggies are generally as rich in nutrients, if not more so than fresh produce. Freezing is just hitting a pause button when things are ripe and good that keeps you in foods all year long, in season or not. This also keeps costs down which is great for every budget conscious home cook.
Since 80% of Americans aren’t getting enough fruits and vegetables I thought I’d share with you a quick and easy fruit smoothie made from fruit you can buy and keep in your freezer for reasonable prices and without fear of spoilage. And studies show that those who embrace frozen tend to start eating healthier overall… but I digress – smoothies!
Super Quick Fruit Smoothie
The greatest thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever you like best! Mix and match and experiment to make your favorites!
- 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit
- 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
- half a banana to sweeten (optional)
- milk, cashew milk, almond milk, etc (optional)
- Place your frozen fruit right into your blender. I typically don’t measure, but instead put two big handfuls in.
- Add your vanilla yogurt and banana if you choose and get to blending!
- Before pouring into a glass, give your smoothie a quick slurp and make sure you can easily drink with a straw. If not, add a bit of milk, give it another spin to thin out a bit.
And a quick tip for anybody who loves berries but hates the seeds… Take your frozen and warm to room temperature. You can leave on the counter or give a quick zap in the microwave as well as put on the stove on simmer for about 10 minutes.
When softened, run through a sieve to push all the fruity goodness through to a bowl and leave the seeds behind. For raspberries you should really have cheesecloth lining your seive (unlike I did) because the seeds are smaller than, say blackberries. Pour the pulpy juice into ice cube trays, freeze and toss right back into the bag you got your frozen berries from in the first place! Berry smoothies with no seeds!
Think of all of the combinations you can experiment with to find your perfect smoothie combination! Not only will it be a tasty drink but it will also be good for you. Don’t be one of the 20% who looks sideways at strawberries and carrots! Grab yourself some frozen fruits and veggies from Bird’s Eye, Green Giant or Wyman’s and eat healthier!Visit Website