I rarely have time to make myself breakfast on a work morning. Instead, I usually go for a smoothie or something equally as quick. I also buy disposable paper cups that I can take in the car. I know it’s not as eco-friendly, but after you accidentally leave your almond milk-based smoothie in your car for a week, it stinks (BAD), but it also ruins your super cute travel mug. Boo.
I have a tendency to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and literally only get through half (it that!) before they go bad. My poor garbage disposal gets a lot of work from those wasted goods. But now? I’m into freezing much more! Berries were a no brainer, but now I’m even making spinach cubes and freezing thick-cut bacon (don’t worry – that doesn’t go into my smoothies).
Now, let me explain…
Spinach cubes are pure genius (THANK YOU PINTEREST!). Seriously, pure and utter genius. First, I go to Costco and buy the ginormous container of spinach. No, really, buy the big one!! I take the spinach and fill my blender, then pour in some water…just enough to get the spinach moving. Blend until it’s liquified. You can add more spinach and water until all of your spinach is used up.
Then pour the spinach cubes into ice cube trays and freeze! When they’re done, you’ll have a quick serving of vegetables to add to a smoothie. Voila!!
Now…onto freezing other things. My best piece of advice for freezing anything is to do it in a single layer. Whatever you’re going to freeze – fruits, veggies, bacon, etc. – line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread out your product in a single layer. Place it in the freezer and you’re good to go.
The reason we do it all in a single layer is so that things don’t freeze into one big mass. I can’t tell you how mad I get when I have a package of frozen bacon, but I only need 2-3 pieces to be defrosted. Yeah, that’s not so easy. Instead, I buy the GOOD stuff…the thick sliced applewood smoked bacon from my favorite produce market, bring it home and freeze it. When I want to make a scramble for myself, I take one slice out, cut it up and throw it in the pan (still frozen!). And yes, it works magically.
My favorite things to freeze like this are blueberries, raspberries, and bacon. The spinach cubes are something I make regularly and use very often. All of these things seem to randomly disappear from my freezer and I think it’s because everything is so easy to use and so I actually use it! I know, what a concept, huh? :)
Some of my favorite smoothies consist of a base of:
1 cup of liquid (I use half orange juice and half water, but you can use any kind of juice and/or water or mix in some milk, too)
3 spinach cubes
1/4 cup of frozen fruit (one kind or mix and match)
I mix it up a little and use raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes and bananas on a regular basis. You can also go a completely different route and use milk as your base, some frozen bananas, maybe a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and/or some peanut butter. If you like the chocolate/fruit mixture, throw some berries in that bad boy! No matter what you like, you can find a combination you like if you’re not scared of trial and error.