I love to freeze fruit for my smoothies. Smoothies are a great way to intake fruit during the day, before a workout and even after a workout to refuel. It can also be a satisfying breakfast when you and the children are running late to head out of the door. If there is a certain fruit your child isn’t very fond off, chances are they will love it in a smoothie. That’s a win for mom.
Freezing fruit for your smoothie is as close as you can get to almost pulling a ready made smoothie out of the freezer. A this point, you simply pick your fruit of choice, add greek yogurt (optional) and a touch of honey and you are good to go.
How to Freeze Fruit
Freezing fruit couldn’t be easier. Start by preparing your fruit just as you would if you were going to eat it right away. Wash, dry and cut your fruit (if necessary) and place it onto a parchment lined baking tray in an even layer.
Of course, be sure that you select a tray that will fit into your freezer. You will want to freeze your fruit directly onto the tray for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. Don’t freeze them too long though. You don’t want them to start forming ice crystals and get freezer burn.
Today, I am freezing pineapple, strawberries and bananas. Freeze whatever you have. I like to freeze whatever is on sale. Organic fruit can sometimes get a little pricy. So when the price does drop lower than usual we double and triple up. My favorite fruit to use in my smoothies are blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, mangos, and peaches. If you don’t mind the seeds, raspberries and blackberries are also great!
After you freeze your fruit, you want to work quickly to be sure that you don’t touch them too much and start unthawing them. I bag my fruit separately by putting each type of fruit in their own bags, but you can actually portion out your fruit and freeze the exact fruit combinations into the same bag. This way, you only take out what you will use.