I’m going to let you in on a little secret shortcut I use for my smoothie prep. I told you in this post here that I absolutely cannot stand to waste fresh fruits and vegetables . . . remember??? I love drinking green smoothies and I make one almost every day for my daughter and myself. But the amount of a room it requires in my refrigerator to house lettuce, celery, and spinach for a week’s worth of smoothies is totally ridiculous. Plus, a head of lettuce only stays fresh for a few days before going bad, which means another trip (I don’t have time for) to the grocery store. No thanks. Here’s my workaround . . .
Green Smoothie Ingredients
I buy all of the ingredients I will need for a couple of weeks’ worth of green smoothies, then come home and get down to business with the prep work. Here’s what a two-week supply of fresh green smoothie ingredients looks like for me:
Prepping Your Green Smoothie Ingredients
The first thing I do is wash and trim my romaine lettuce. Then I chop it up a little and put it in my blender with 6-8 oz of water. Once it is sufficiently liquid in texture, I pour the liquid into some handy dandy silicon freezer molds. I repeat the entire process with baby spinach leaves and place them in the freezer overnight.
After everything is sufficiently frozen, I remove the spinach and lettuce cubes from the silicon freezer trays, pop them into a freezer bag, and toss them back in the freezer. BAM! That easy. Now I have them ready when I want to throw together a green smoothie and guess what? No wasted, wilted spinach or romaine lettuce! I simply take a couple of cubes out of the freezer and toss them into my blender with the rest of my smoothie ingredients. Bonus: Since they are already frozen, they act as ice cubes, making your smoothie super cold! Note: These will typically keep for 3 months or so, though I’ve never tested that theory since we use them up well before then.
Stay tuned for part two of my kitchen shortcut for green smoothie prep. I’ll tell you how I prep my apples, celery, and pears for my green smoothies.
How about you? What kind of shortcuts do you use for your smoothies?