We all love our green smoothies, but sometimes there’s friction on the road to smoothie town…
What to do, for example, when you buy that huge box of spinach from the bulk food store and have no way of finishing it all? Or when your favorite greens are out of season and the price has skyrocketed?
How about when you’re headed on vacation with a bunch of kale left in your fridge? The answer: freeze your greens!
Freezing greens allows you to always have greens on hand no matter the season. Simply pop one or two into your blender with some fruit, a liquid, and all your favorite smoothie boosters and ta-da!
This process saves you time, money, and the headache of running out to grab fresh greens when you’re out. Also, freezing your greens helps to prevent waste. Win-win-win! Read on for our top tips and tricks for freezing your leafy greens!
Play with different greens. Either use one type of green for each batch or mix-and-match for a nutrition and flavor boost! Try any mix of spinach, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, beet greens, romaine, red leaf lettuce, etc.
Add fresh herbs. Herbs will add flavor along with elevated detoxification! Our favorites are parsley, cilantro, and mint.
Buy in bulk. Take advantage of organic, leafy greens and herbs on sale at your local grocery store, farmers market, or bulk store. Save money by buying these fresh and then freezing them for later!
Use local produce. If your local farmers market is only open a few months of the year, buy up the beautiful, local produce and freeze it to use year-round!
Experiment with different freezing liquids. While the most basic recipe for frozen greens is with water, play around with using coconut water for an electrolyte-boost or plant-based milk for a creamier texture. Feel free to add a squeeze of lemon juice to the mixture to remove any “grassy” flavor, too.
Add fruit. Adding onto the idea of buying up fresh fruit when it’s available, feel free to add a couple pieces into your frozen greens mixture! This is a great way to reduce waste when your fruit is reaching it’s last legs, not to mention it will add a flavor punch!
FREEZING GREENS: FROZEN LEAFY GREENS RECIPE
Fills 1 standard ice cube tray
8 handfuls leafy greens
¼-½ c. liquid of your choice
In a high speed blender or food processor, add 2 handfuls of leafy greens and ¼ cup of your liquid. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid as needed.
Add the rest of your greens and blend until smooth.
Pour into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Remove the cubes from the tray and store in a freezer-safe container.
Add 1-2 cubes to your next green smoothie!
Put your smoothie ninja skills to the test and create a smoothie you'll love right from your own blender.