A lot of you have been asking me to share my tips & tricks when it comes to doing something with fruits and vegetables that tend to go bad fairly quickly. I know it can be difficult – especially when you are adjusting to cooking for yourself, and it is very difficult to know how much to buy! It takes a bit of a learning curve for sure.
My answer is always incredibly simple. USE THAT FREEZER! My freezer is absolutely stuffed with goodies at all times. Whether that’s leftover meals that I ended up not finishing, or ends of vegetables I store for making homemade vegetable broth, leftover bread and baked goods I wanted to stop myself from eating – OR extra fruits and vegetables that were about to go bad. In my freezer at home – you can almost ALWAYS bet that I have the following ingredients on hand:
- Frozen mixed berries
- Frozen Spinach / Kale
- Frozen Mango
- Frozen Banana – TIP: Whenever I go to the store and need bananas, I grab an extra bunch so that I can chop them up into pieces and throw them in the freezer so I can always make a super creamy smoothie.
Other ingredients I always have:
- My homemade granola.
- Dessicated Coconut
- Flax Seeds
- Nut Butter
- Other frozen or fresh berries to top with.
What are the benefits of eating Smoothies? I have heard that liquid food is not as good for you as eating the whole food because you don’t chew.
This is half true. When you drink / eat liquid food – you are not engaging all of the pieces of the digestive process that create a satiated and craving free day. However, it doesn’t mean that it is bad for you. If you have the option to eat a bowl of fruit – whole – then definitely do that. However, smoothies are such a great source of nutrients for people who are in a hurry – or for people who can’t always have fresh produce in the refrigerator. You can get full days worth of fruit and vegetable servings in a smoothie bowl like this – and they are totally and completely customizable. My favorite time to have a smoothie bowl is to satisfy a sweet tooth – or after a really long and hot workout.
-1 to 1.5 frozen bananas (peeled)
-1 cup of frozen berries of choice
-1 handful of frozen or fresh leafy greens (optional)
-3 tbsp – ½ cup of plant-milk depending on the consistency you prefer
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-⅓ cup homemade cinnamon granola
Other fun topping ideas:
-nut butter stuffed dates
Instructions: In a blender or food processor blend the frozen banana and 3 tbsp – ¼ cup of plant-milk until the banana is very creamy. You want the banana to be the consistency that you want your smoothie bowl to be. I like mine creamy like ice cream. To the banana you can add your vanilla extract. Add more milk for more liquid consistency. Next, add your frozen fruit and blend until the fruit starts to clump together. Then, add plant milk as needed for consistency and your optional handful of greens. Blend for another minute – or pulse until it is the texture you want it to be.
Make Ahead Instructions: To have an option to throw your smoothie into a blender and press blend and be ready to go – make your bowl, and fill ice cube trays with the liquid so all you have to do is blend them up next time you want one!
Assembly: In a bowl – pour your smoothie into it, and top with any toppings you would like to have! Sometimes – I even just eat it plain with no toppings with a spoon. The freshest snack ever!
My other favorite smoothie bowl recipes:
Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie Bowl – Minimalist Baker
Chocolate Blueberry Turmeric Smoothie – HookedOnPlants Julia Murray
In the Buff Smoothie Bowl – Oh She Glows
Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie Bowl – The Simple Veganista