I can neither confirm nor deny that I’ve reached genius-status with the groundbreaking discovery I just made in the area of green smoothies, but I can be sure there’s been a lot of self-high-fiving at my house tonight.
I can only imagine that this is what scientists feel when they discover a new DNA strand or something, but I digress. I have recently found myself – somewhat surprisingly – to be smoothie-curious. Drinking the (green) kool-aid, if you will. But my best-laid-plans are often sidetracked because I am A) lazy and B) forgetful so I end up either A) being random at best when it comes to smoothie consumption or B) wasting a TON of fresh, organic produce or C) all of the above (always choose C).
Enter my AHA! moment: freeze the smoothie! I have started making what I call a smoothie “base”. It consists of almost all greens (spinach/kale/swiss chard) with a small amount of liquid (unsweetened coconut milk, apple juice or water – whatever I have on hand) and any last scraps of fruit that are dangerously close to meeting their maker. I blend up the “base” and then pour it into ice cube trays. Freeze ’em, pop ’em out and put them all in a big ziploc.
(back in the freezer – this step is critical, people)
Then when I’m ready to congratulate myself for a job well done with – let’s say – a smoothie, I am SO READY! I just pop a few cubes of green goodness into the blender, add a banana, etc. and voila! The perfect solution for the lazy, forgetful smoothie drinker.
Sometimes it IS easy being green.