Getting into a green smoothie habit is one of the best things you can do to start adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet. When starting the green smoothie lifestyle, one of the first challenges you will face is running out of fresh fruits and greens in the middle of a hectic week. Here are a few tips so you have one less thing to worry about when trying to make a green smoothie part of your daily routine.
Stock on frozen fruit. Buy fresh fruit, wash it, cut it in cubes, measure 1 cup and freeze it. I use small glass containers and stack them in the freezer but you can also use ziplock bags. A good idea is to freeze seasonal local fruits. They are cheaper, taste better, and are beneficial to the environment and to the local economy. I also buy pre-washed and pre-cut frozen fruits that are not available locally so I can have more variety. Organic fresh fruits are difficult to get were I live so buying organic frozen ones also eases my life in this way as it help me lower the amount of pesticides we consume, specially for fruits that we eat the peel. Fruits that are always in my freezer are pineapples, mangoes, apricots, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. For freezing bananas, just peel them beforehand. Freezing fruits will also save you money, as it’s a practical way of never having to throw away fruit that’s getting too ripe. No more throwing away your brown bananas. The riper the fruit are, the tastier they will be so next time you have too much fresh fruit and too little people eating them, just freeze it for your next smoothies.Always keep some frozen greens on hand. The best greens to keep in the freezer to add to smoothies are broccoli, kale, collard greens, chard, and spinach. Just make sure you add your frozen greens straight to the blender, don’t defrost them. Green leafy greens that are thick and that have rubbery leaves work better. I will not recommend freezing any kind of lettuce. Just follow similar steps as with the fruit. Wash, dry well, measure 1 cup, and freeze. Packing your greens in 1 cup servings will make it easier for you to follow smoothie recipes if you are just starting. After your greens are frozen, their volume will be a little reduced so 1 cup of fresh kale will look like less than a cup after it’s frozen. You can also buy these greens already frozen. Just keep in mind that 1 cup of fresh greens equals about ¾ cups of frozen ones.
If you want to be extra efficient, you can measure, combine fruit and greens together, and then freeze. This works extremely well if you are very busy during mornings but serious about getting into the habit of one green smoothie to start each day. You can combine the measurements of fruit, greens and almost any other ingredient for the smoothie recipe you are following and freeze them together either in a bag or container. The only ingredients you will not be freezing are liquids and any powder supplements if you are using one (protein, collagen, etc.). Just remember to switch the pre-packaged container with your smoothie ingredients from your freezer to your fridge the night before. In the morning you will only have to put your frozen ingredients in the blender, and add the liquid needed to blend your smoothie and any powder supplement if you are using any. A little planning over the weekend can make your smoothie habit a stress free reality during your week.
I hope these tips can help you to add green smoothies to your daily life. I usually start my week with fresh ingredients but as I start running out, I know I have fruits and veggies ready in the freezer that I can use before I have the opportunity of buying more fresh ones. If you want an easy recipe to start in your green smoothie lifestyle, you can make this easy and delicious smoothie recipe, which is the one that started it all for me.
Now it’s your turn to let me know if you found these green smoothie tips helpful. Do you have any other effective ways to keep up with your green smoothie habit?