On today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m sharing with you how to have make Freezer Smoothie Packs so you can just grab, blend and go!
Living in Pittsburgh you get fresh fruits and vegetables maybe 3-4 months out of the year. However what we do get are the benefits of 4 true changes in the seasons. While I wish we had more summer days and less rain/cold days I can’t complain too much as Pittsburgh itself is an incredible city. I love it here, the people, the atmosphere…just not the weather. So when we do have fresh fruits and veggies season I make sure I take full advantage of it. I buy tons of it and freeze in bulk.
Smoothies have come a long way since when I was little. Back in the 80’s the closest thing we had to a smoothie was the Orange Julius at the local mall. Now there were rumors going around saying you could also get a raw egg blended in yours. However I can’t say if that’s certain or not. God I haven’t had one of those drinks in decades. Man I loved them too! Every Friday night we ‘d go to the mall to hang out, hit up Spencers, scope out the boys and always, always, always get a large Orange Julius. Today we have moved towards our own smoothies – adding protein powder, peanut butter, spinach and kale. Yes kale.. on purpose. Yeah sorry but kale to me is over done but hey it’s all good; to each their own, right?
Now I’m posting this in the middle of winter, yeah I know. I just got done telling you that you can’t get fresh fruits and veggies now (well at least if you live where I do) but I want to you to make freezer smoothie packs. Genius, I know. LOL But don’t despair, you can still make these with fresh-flash frozen fruits.
So you know how you can get those big bags of frozen fruits either at Sam’s Club, Costco or a local store? Just use those! Plus the bonus to using frozen fruit – you don’t need to add ice to your mix! I tend to package mine in sandwich freezer baggies but if you’re making a smoothie for 2 just got with a quart size bad.
My go-to measurement is as follows:
1 1/2 cups frozen fruits (assorted). FYI… frozen banana slices give it an ice cream/milkshake effect BONUS!
1 cup frozen veggies (I tend to use spinach though you can really use any green) Also you can totally use sliced carrots, celery and even beets!
That’s it – just put those in the baggie and freeze! Then when you’re ready to blend, just grab one, dump it in the blender, add about 1 cup of liquid, maybe some flax and blend! Easy Peasy!