I love smoothies but it can be very expensive if you buy bags of frozen fruit from the grocery store. Well sometimes you can find frozen fruit on sale, or you might get a special deal at a place like Costco or Walmart, it’s still pretty expensive compared to buying fresh fruit.
But many people don’t realize that it’s actually cheaper to buy your own route and prepare it for smoothies using the fruits of your choice than it is to buy those bags of frozen fruit. True, it takes a little bit of extra prep work but the value you save will be significant as well as the fact you also ensuring the fruit you use is fresh, and possibly even organic if it’s on sale.
Freezing fruit for smoothies is actually pretty simple. You pick out your fruit – I always like to have a variety of fruit, and I will change it up from batch to batch depending on what fruit I’m in the mood for as well as what is on sale.
Then you want to prepare your fruit. Wash it, and remove seeds if needed, and then cut it into small ice cube size pieces. Then place them flat on a cookie sheet, allowing a little bit of space in between every piece of fruit. You may need to do this in batches, so you might want to do all the honeydew in one bad, all of the strawberries in another batch, because then you’re going to be mixing it up at the end.
Then you want to put the cookie sheet into your freezer and allow the fruit to freeze. Once the fruit is frozen solid, pop it into a ziplock bag. I like to mix up fruit into the ziplock bag so I’m getting a good mix of different kinds of fruit when I make a smoothie, you may prefer to keep each fruit variety separate in a ziplock bag so you can pick and choose which type of fruit you want in your smoothie each day.
Don’t forget you don’t have to just use fruit in your smoothies, you can easily freeze things like spinach or carrots or any other vegetables that you prefer to put in your smoothie. If you have kids that are reluctant to eat vegetables, this can be an easy way to get them to eat a serving of vegetables, by popping it into their fruit smoothie.