I used to make green smoothies for breakfast at least three times a week. Needless to say that when my baby was born (over a year ago now!), this is one of the things that slipped.
Now, that wasn’t such a big deal, as I was still eating (reasonably) well. But come Christmas, we were given so much chocolate. So, for the rest of December (and most of January, too), I’ve been snacking on Chocolate non stop. My sweet tooth has come back with a vengeance! Some mornings, I even grab chocolate from the fridge for breakfast (gasp)!
So I decided to give it a go. Here’s my spin on it:
Freezer Green Smoothies
Ingredients (per bag)
- 1-2 cups of spinach or cos lettuce
- 1/2 a zucchini
- 1 stalk of celery
- 1 banana or 1/2 a mango
- 1/2 cup berries (I used a combination of strawberries, blueberries and frozen boysenberries)
- 1 cm knob ginger
- 1 cm knob turmeric
- Fill your bags (I used 10) starting with the greens, then the fruit.
- Close your bags, squeezing as much air out as possible, and making the bags as flat as possible too.
- Stack your bags in the freezer.
- Take one zip lock bag out of the freezer, and allow it to thaw for 5-10 minutes on the bench.
- Add contents of bag, along with about a cup of liquid to your blender. I added half greek yoghurt and half water.
- Add any extras you like. This morning I added 1/2 cup of oats and 2 tablespoons of chia seeds I’d soaked for 10 minutes, as well a teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Blend until smooth!
Here’s what my smoothie looked like this morning. Not green at all! And it made enough for two glasses this size.
Some would prefer their smoothies sweeter, so if this is you, add more fruit. I prefer them not so sweet, as I’m trying hard to break my sugar addiction.
Chopping fruit and veg in the mornings is what used to put me off making smoothies. But because all the fruit and veg were chopped and ready in the freezer, it really was so quick and easy to make. And it took me maybe one hour yesterday to wash, chop and bag the ingredients.
I’m back on the bandwagon.
(Those strawberry tops were for my daughter’s breakfast – no chopping fruit this morning for my smoothie!)
I’d love to know, do you drink green smoothies? Do you find them a chore to make? Would you consider this freezer method of making them?