For Christmas I got a new blender, a Ninja to be more specific. I love LOVE it, use it everyday usually a few times a day. When I was working 9-5 in an office I used to make a smoothie every morning and bring it with me to work, then my blender died and I fell off the smoothie train.
Over the Christmas holidays I got totally over zealous and stocked up like crazy on smoothie ingredients, only to find we weren’t smooth-ing them fast enough and things were starting to look a bit whomp-whomp. So to save all that precious food and my money, I blended them up into pucks and froze them for the future. A pretty darn smart idea (self back pat), because it made making a smoothie super easy (as if it’s not already, I know) and I wasn’t digging into our regular everyday veggie stock to make smoothies – aka big money saver. Now anytime I notice we aren’t eating something (that is smoothie friendly) fast enough, I make them into some pucks. I’m a little excited for the summer, smoothie pucks will be a great way to save seasonal veggies for the next winter. It’s so stupid easy, really it’s stupid.
- grab your veggies, mix in different types if you please (you could even premix all the veggies and fruit into a single puck).
- put them in the blender with a bit of water (or coconut water).
- blend and add more water as needed.
- pour blended veggies (or veggie blend) into muffin pans and freeze.
- once frozen pop them out of the muffin pans and put in freezer safe containers.
Now just pop one in the blender as you need, adding whatever else you please to finish off your smoothie (you’ll need at least one cup of liquid to turn a frozen puck into a smoothie). I like to add even more fresh veggies in, just for good measure – and fruit or whatever else floats my boat that day. And sometimes a dash of protein or super seeds, I like to use Baby Brain Organics a lot because it has hemp seeds, flax, quinoa and chia seeds – much easier than adding them all separate!
Looking for new smoothie ideas (I tend to get stuck on one), check out my Pinterest board devoted solely to smoothies and juices. Our current favorite (kids included) is: Kale, dandelions greens, spinach, mangos, coconut water and a dash of hemp seeds or BBO.
What is your favorite smoothie or juice concoction?