A few weeks ago I came across an article by Lindsay on The Lean Green Bean about her simple method of getting spinach into her smoothie by making frozen spinach cubes. As we wrote to you before, we already freeze greens as a way to save money – we purchase them in bulk and immediately freeze a large amount.
For some reason, we don’t always freeze the greens ahead of time when we know we want to put them in a smoothie – as opposed to cooking them or using them in a salad. You would think that freezing them in preparation for a smoothie would make perfect sense, but we seem to underestimate the amount that we actually have.
Making Frozen Spinach Cubes For Smoothies
We will normally buy either a huge bag of spinach or a mix of spinach, kale, and chard. Even though we eat or freeze the majority of our greens, we found ourselves throwing some away from almost every shopping trip.
Well, that was until I read Lindsay’s post! Now we just turn the greens into ice cubes as soon as we get them in the house. Here is our weekly procedure:
1. Wash the Greens – no matter what the package says 😉
Even though the package says “triple-washed”, we still wash them ourselves (usually with vinegar)!
2. Blend the Greens – you’ll have to add a little water to the greens
For this we use our Blendtec Classic 570 blender. It handles greens and other soft things (like medjool dates) extremely well and doesn’t leave any pieces – if you don’t have or choose to buy a Blendtec, you can use any blender for this initial step since you will blend the ice cubes again when you make your smoothie.
3. Pour Into Ice Cube Trays
As you can see, we didn’t have enough room in our ice trays (we won’t have that problem any longer…see below) so we poured the remainder into a mason jar to freeze the next morning.
4. Crack Open Your Ice Trays & Enjoy Your Frozen Spinach Cubes
Having these green cubes around makes things so easy for us. I put a few in a bowl so you could get an idea of the size of one of them (the ones in the bowl were made with our new trays, see below).
Our New Trays!!
We purchased a few (actually, 6) silicone trays from Amazon the other day and they work so much better than the traditional ones. We’ll post a full review of them with video included, but for now I’ll just say that they make it much easier to pop out the cubes.
Frozen Spinach Cubes Makes Smoothies Easier
This is a preview of our smoothie preparation. A few of the solid items have been frozen ahead of time so we don’t have to prepare them when we want a smoothie. What you see in this picture is a banana (cut up and at the bottom), strawberries, avocado (the light green cubes), and the spinach/kale/chard cubes.
Even when we want to make ice cream, we can easily throw in a couple of these cubes to get in more greens into our diet.
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