Looking for a fun and easy solutions to add more nutrients to your child’s diet? Me too. My first mini new years goal is to increase the amount of fruits and veggies that my family eats. Looking for creative strategies, I decided to use fruit smoothies loaded with green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. I wanted to include this as a snack or breakfast routine every day for me and my toddler, but I found that I always end up making too much smoothie, inevitably wasting some, getting lazy on cleanup and then hesitant to start all over again the next day when the blender is still dirty in the dishwasher.
I could see the writing on the wall – I was not going to keep up with this routine – even for my week’s goal – unless I found an innovative solution. Then it hit me, why not freeze serving sized portions use the silicon trays I had leftover from my attempt at making baby food. This significantly cuts down the number of times per week that I need to use the blender.
You can use any smoothie recipe of your choice, but I have included a super yummy favorite for you to try. Instead of ice, I prefer to use frozen fruit so that the smoothie is more nutritionally dense. Smoothies are also great for “hiding” other vitamins and supplements, like probiotics. Just stir in any powdered or liquid supplements before serving.
I hope you find this frozen smoothie method helpful in keeping your family healthy and happy. Here’s to a wonderful new year!
- 1 banana
- 2 cups of juice (I used orange and white grape)
- 2-3 cups of leafy greens (I used spinach and kale)
- 3-4 cups frozen fruit (I used blueberries, strawberries and mango)
- Peel and chop a ripe banana into 1-inch sections. Place banana and juice in the blender and process until smooth.
- Add 2-3 cups of leafy greens and process on high for 1-2 minutes until liquefied.
- Add ½ cup of frozen fruit at a time, stirring as needed until the smoothie is thick, smooth and creamy.
- Enjoy the fruit of your labor and pour your family one serving to slurp immediately!
- Freeze the remaining smoothie in serving sized portions using freezing trays, such as the silicon freezing trays with lids made for baby food.
- After 24 hours, you can pop out the frozen smoothie portions and store them in the freezer in a gallon or quart sized freezer bag or Tupperware container. This frees up your tray for other smoothies or projects.
- When ready to serve, put one or two smoothie portions in a cup and let it partially thaw on the counter about 15 to 30 minutes. Use a fork to break up the smoothie and stir until smooth. Remember to add any supplements you need. Serve and enjoy while it is still cold.
- If you don’t have silicon freezer trays, try using a traditional ice cube tray or small reusable Tupperware.
- Substitute a vegetable juice, like celery juice, for fruit juice to lower the sugar content of your smoothie.