A couple weeks ago my husband took out the trash (yay) before I had the chance to put some spoiled food in the garbage (boo). I mentioned that to Mark, exasperated, and he said, “Oh yeah, I meant to grab that bag of bananas from the freezer. They look disgusting!”
Right. He was referring to the bananas I’d been saving for smoothies. For months.
But those frozen bananas (which are not disgusting, just for the record) weren’t the oldest smoothie component in my freezer. I bought three bags of frozen berries a YEAR AGO. At first I thought I’d eat them with fat-free whipped cream for a healthy yet tasty dessert.
I’m not sure who I thought I was then. Once that dream faded, I decided to keep them for smoothies.
The only glitch in this fruit-freezing plan? I didn’t have a blender.
Thanks to a few returns after Christmas, though, I am now the proud owner of a shiny red blender that looks fabulous in my kitchen. [Yes, I said fabulous.] And last week I put it to use.
First I made some salsa, but after rinsing out an extreme amount of cilantro and a touch too much jalapeno (plus the actual salsa, of course), I got busy figuring out how to turn my bizarre collection of frozen fruit into smoothies.
Once I figured out the ratio of fruit to yogurt to milk that I preferred (and discovered that it’s pert near impossible to take a good picture of a smoothie), I clicked around Pinterest to find that “make smoothie packs for the freezer” pin I’d seen a while back.
How I Make a Banana Berry Smoothie:
- Buy a four-pack of low-fat vanilla yogurt. Freeze in ice cube trays (I got about six cubes out of each cup of yogurt.).
- Add two cubes of frozen yogurt, 1/2 cup of frozen berries and 1/2 a banana to a zipper baggie.
- When you’re ready for a smoothie, dump the contents of the baggie into your blender. Add about 3/4 cup milk (more or less depending on your preferred smoothie consistency) and blend.
I’ve bookmarked, tagged and pinned several smoothie recipes, and it appears I can add all sorts of healthy things like oatmeal, spinach and wheat germ. For now, though, I’m not going to lie. I’m really proud of my new healthy breakfast!
Do you like smoothies? And do you have any mystery food in your freezer like I did?