Freeze Those Greens!
It seems as though any time I log into Pinterest, my feed is full of all kinds of recipes for green smoothies and I catch the “green smoothie bug”. I don’t know about you, but when I get on these kicks, I head straight to Costco and buy the huge bag of spinach and kale and realize I am supposed to finish all of these greens within 5 days! I am basically the only one in my family who drinks green smoothies, so this is virtually mission impossible unless I am eating, drinking, and breathing 17 green smoothies or spinach salads a day. Not going to happen! There are two ways that you can have fresh greens all the time, while still getting your huge bag of greens at Costco for a truly unbeatable price! You can do this by freezing them.
If you have the freezer space, you can just stick the whole bag of raw greens in your freezer and get some out as needed. Spinach and kale both freeze really nicely and you just pull out how much you need, reseal the bag and stick it back in the freezer. It can be stored in your freezer for six to twelve months.
The other fun way to freeze your greens is by putting them in ice cube trays. This is better if you have limited freezer space and also eliminates the need to put ice in your green smoothie, if you like them really cold like I do. Start by filling up your blender with your greens of choice. You can even do a few kinds together if you like. Then fill it with a little bit of water and blend.
Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Pull out the frozen cubes and put them in a resealable freezer bag. Toss five or six of these in with your smoothie each time and you are good to go!
There are so many different options out there for green smoothie recipes. Toss in any fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand and do not be afraid to add vegetables. I like celery, cucumbers, and of course any and all kinds of green leafy vegetables. The more vegetables you use, the more nutrients you will be feeding your body. If you are new to green smoothies, you must know that these leafy greens can be quite bitter and overpowering. Spinach is the most mild and I would suggest balancing out the spinach with lots of your favorite fruits to sweeten it and mask the bitterness. Here is a great formula for a fantastic green smoothie.
I hope you enjoy your green smoothies as much as you enjoy not wasting any more leafy greens! :)!
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