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Healthy Eating Tip: Freeze Overly Ripe Fruit For Smoothies

Summer, even as it's waning, puts me in the mood for fruit. I tend to overbuy or misjudge the appetites of my darling (read sometimes soooooo picky) daughters, so much of my tasty fruit tends to get overly ripe before I have a chance to eat it. If you can relate, save your about-to-spoil fruit by prewashing, peeling (if necessary), and dicing all your bananas, berries, peaches, kiwi, and melons. Place them in a plastic freezer bag so they're ready next time you want to make a smoothie for breakfast or a snack. Not only will this tip save you money and time, but it'll also encourage you to eat healthier. Plus, when fruit is frozen it tends to taste less sweet, but since overly ripe is extra sweet your smoothie will be as well.

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DailyCrush DailyCrush 8 years
Sugar'd minds think alike, apparantly - I just started freezing sliced bananas too (I dislike them when they even just barely start getting mushy) as well as other fruit - and I have been using the baking sheet method as well. I find strawberries, kiwi, and peaches work great as does canned pineapple in chunks - just drain it and use the baking sheet method for it as well. Now I have a big bag of fruit in my freezer, which will be especially great in the winter when fruit is either super-expensive or in short supply! This is a fantastic tip. :)
DailyCrush DailyCrush 8 years
Sugar'd minds think alike, apparantly - I just started freezing sliced bananas too (I dislike them when they even just barely start getting mushy) as well as other fruit - and I have been using the baking sheet method as well. I find strawberries, kiwi, and peaches work great as does canned pineapple in chunks - just drain it and use the baking sheet method for it as well.Now I have a big bag of fruit in my freezer, which will be especially great in the winter when fruit is either super-expensive or in short supply!This is a fantastic tip. :)
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is a GREAT idea. i think that i fall into the same situation where i'll get a lot of fruit and either not feel like eating it during the week or just forget about it and not have time and it goes bad. i should be smart and cut it up for smoothies since that's something that's so easy to do.
mod16 mod16 8 years
gotcha!
mod16 mod16 8 years
gotcha!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Great idea!
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Great idea!
rach1007 rach1007 8 years
a really great tip is to freeze your cut up fruit laying flat on a baking sheet first, and then putting them in a bag. This way, none of the fruit sticks and freezes together.
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
Great idea! I already buy frozen fruit for smoothies, but I'll start freezing my bananas. I buy them for smoothies half the time anyway
Vespa Vespa 8 years
My smoothies never come out right. Not slushy enough or something.
ameliajc ameliajc 8 years
i just started doing this with bananas. they start going bad so quickly, so it's a great way to use them up over a longer time.
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