On my weekly visits to the grocery store, I always make sure to throw in a bag or two of frozen fruits and vegetables in my shopping cart. No matter what curve balls our busy schedules throw at us during the week, I always end up incorporating frozen fruits or veggies in our weeknight meals.
Whether I throw in a handful of frozen peas and carrots to my Spanish rice or broccoli florets to my boiling fideo, it’s always a good idea to pump up your food with more nutritional ingredients, frozen or not.
One of the reasons why I like to always have frozen fruits and vegetables in my freezer is because I use the exact amount of what my family and I are going to eat. There is no waste and no guilt of wasting food or “green guilt.” Most vegetables’ journey from farm to freezer occurs within 24 hours, so their color, texture and freshness is preserved.
Frozen fruit is great for quick post-workout smoothies or as a simple snack for kids. My son loves eating blueberries straight out of the freezer when we are out of raisins or fresh fruit. Personally, one of my favorite flavor combinations is strawberry, blueberry and vanilla yogurt. I love throwing my frozen strawberries and blueberries in the blender, adding fat free vanilla yogurt and creating a healthy drink to enjoy at any time of the day.
Not only is it delicious, it’s quick, easy and can double up as a refreshing berry pop on hot days. And of course, kids love them. Add bananas, honey and your favorite nut for your own special twist on flavor. Enjoy!
Vanilla Berry Smoothie (Makes 3 cups)
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons honey
Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
For frozen pops:
Add 2 more tablespoons of honey to the smoothie mixture and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight.
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