April 20


Groovy Fruity Smoothie

By Sue Ingebretson

April 20, 2010

Fiber, frozen, Fruit, smoothies

Spring has sprung and summer is poised to pounce. Berries are budding on the vine in my backyard. We’ve planted blueberries, raspberries, grapes, and three fruit salad trees bearing a total of thirteen varieties of apples, citrus, and deciduous fruits. Oh, and one lowly pear tree.

My fruity bushes, trees, and vines are likely to provide a tasty harvest — I can hardly wait. Because many of my fruits will ripen at once, I thought I’d share some tips on how I  store fruits for smoothie-making.

It’s typically best to use fresh, whole, homegrown fruits, but that’s not always convenient or practical. When I see blueberries on sale, I stock up. When I get an opportunity to buy locally grown strawberries and mangoes at the farmer’s market, the bags I lug to the car are heavy enough to leave red stripes across my arms for the rest of the day.

When I get home, I wash the fruits thoroughly, and then cut them up into bite-sized pieces. I peel bananas and slice them into “coins.” Arranging the fruit onto large glass platters, I place them in the freezer for maybe thirty minutes or so. The fruit is then frozen and ready to store. Using a small spatula, or even the back of a spoon, I pop the chunks off the plate and put them into baggies or freezer-safe storage containers.

Frozen bananas, berries, and mangoes provide awesome flavor, antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber to my smoothies. Summertime in every sip. There’s an added benefit, too. The frozen, icy texture of the fruit chunks also provides an extra thickening boost. Yum.

Plopping frozen fruit chunks into my blended smoothies makes a refreshing, summer, or anytime treat. Just before I shut the blender off, I often sprinkle in toasted flax, slivered almonds, or raw, cacao nibs for a bit of a crunch.

I was planning on oatmeal for breakfast today, but I’m re-thinking that idea. I believe a banana-blueberry-flax smoothie awaits. What add-ins are your favorites? Tell me what makes your smoothies groovy!

  1. Hi Sue,

    Love your post about prepping and using seasonable fruit. There’s nothing i love more than a good smoothie and I’m so excited spring is finally here. I’m with you on adding in flax or cacao. Sometimes I also put in some maca powder which I find helpful for balancing my hormones. Keep up your great posts! 🙂


  2. YUM – thanks for the great ideas! Never thought of freezing and storing in baggies. Going to make me a smoothie right now – banana, because that is all I have! I must go to the market later on today to get some fresh berries! My mouth is watering from your post! Thanks for all your inspiration and LOVE your book.

    1. Thanks for the great advert for my book! Antioxidants are cancer-fighting — YAY! If you use a protein smoothie mix, try to purchase the best quality product that fits into your budget. Should be low sugar, low additives, high in fiber 😉

  3. I haven’t made a smoothie for a couple of months. I used to put vanilla yogurt in my smoothies along with soy and/or rice milk. Also, I used to buy a bag of frozen berries from the supermarket which included strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. My next trip to the supermarket will be to find some soy based yogurt & I’ll be buying my berries and freezing them from now on. Thanks for the great tip on freezing the bananas! My day is not complete without a banana! LOL

    1. Great ideas, Sue! Since I’m dairy free, I sometimes use rice milk (Rice Dream) for a change in flavor. I’ve seen frozen berries from the store, too and sometimes they’re fine and sometimes they have additional undesirable ingredients (like preservatives and/or sweeteners). As always, label-reading comes to the rescue! Thanks for the comment!

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