One thing that I’ve really been working hard on this year is having a healthier breakfast. I was always a die hard cereal girl which is totally fine, but I was missing out on a lot of nutrients that could help me have a better, more energized day. So, I started drinking green smoothies with a little protein or doing breakfast parfaits with granola (or oatmeal but summer is generally more about the smoothies.), but I quickly realized three things which is why we are doing a post on how to freeze fruit and make better smoothies.
1. I needed a little fruit in my smoothies to love them, otherwise it was too bland or bitter for me. Plus everyone needs a little fruit in their lives.
2. Making smoothies is expensive. I know a lot of people that eat the whole foods diet or are big on fresh produce swear it’s not bad, but it is expensive.
3. I like my smoothies thick like a shake and not thin like a juice.
So my solution was to start buying things on sale and freezing them because it allowed me to still incorporate fresh fruits into the smoothies, saved us money and it thickened up my shake without adding ice. I’ve compiled a list of fruits that freeze well, but the how-to is quite easy. The most important part about this, other than actually freezing is to buy fruit when it’s on sale, and buy a lot. That way you can freeze fruit at it’s cheapeast and overall save money versus buying frozen or fresh fruit that’s not on salt.
How to Freeze Fruit
Rinse the fruit well, chop into pieces and dry with paper towels. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay the fruit out flat, trying to keep a little space between each piece. Now place the pan in the freezer for 3 hours or up to 1 day. Remove the fruit and place in a ziploc bag, pressing out all the air and sealing shut. Now the fruit will keep for 6-9 months.
Fruits for Freezing