How to Freeze Fruit and Make Better Smoothies

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How to Freeze Fruit and Make Better Smoothies

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Freezing fruit can provide an easy way to make delicious and nutritious smoothies. Learn how to properly freeze fruit and create better smoothies with these tips and tricks.

One thing that I’ve really been working hard on this year is having a healthier breakfast. I was always a die hard cereal girl which is totally fine, but I was missing out on a lot of nutrients that could help me have a better, more energized day.

So, I started drinking green smoothies with a little protein or doing breakfast parfaits with granola (or oatmeal but summer is generally more about the smoothies.), but I quickly realized three things which is why we are doing a post on how to freeze fruit and make better smoothies.

Smoothie Musts

So if I’m going to be having fruit smoothies for breakfast, I have some thoughts…

  1. I need a little fruit in my smoothies to love them, otherwise it is too bland or bitter for me. Plus everyone needs a little fruit in their lives.
  2. Making smoothies is expensive. I know a lot of people that eat the whole foods diet or are big on fresh produce swear it’s not bad, but it is expensive. So my solution was to start buying things on sale and freezing them because it allowed me to still incorporate fresh fruits into the smoothies, saved us money!
  3. I like my smoothies thick like a shake and not thin like a juice, so using frozen fruit thickened up the texture of my shake without adding ice cubes.

I’ve compiled a list of fruits that freeze well, but the how-to is quite easy. The most important part about this, other than actually freezing is to buy fresh fruit when it’s on sale at the grocery store, and buy a lot. That way you can freeze fruit at it’s cheapest and overall save money versus buying frozen or fresh fruit that’s not on sale.

Is It Cheaper to Freeze Your Own Fruit for Smoothies?

Yes! I’m looking at a bag of frozen sliced bananas right now at Smith’s. It costs $2.99 for a 16 oz bag (or 1 lb). In comparison, fresh bananas cost $0.25/lb, so let’s say you buy 2 lbs of bananas since you will need to remove the peel. That will only be $0.50 for bananas and little bit of work peeling, slicing and properly freezing them.

Here’s another example for strawberries. A 10oz bag of frozen strawberries costs $2.99. You can get a 1 lb (or 16oz) carton of fresh strawberries for the same price, so you get almost 1/2 lb more of strawberries for the same price. You can get fresh strawberries for even cheaper than that when they are in season or on sale.

How to Freeze Fruit for Smoothies

Peel (if needed), remove stems, and rinse the fruit well, chop into small chunks or slices and dry with paper towels. Next, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the fruit out flat in a single layer, trying to keep a little space between each piece. Now place the tray in the freezer for 3 hours or up to 1 day. Remove the fruit and place in ziploc freezer bags, pressing out all the air and sealing shut. Now the fruit will keep for 6-9 months.

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The Little Things Newsletter #417 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s rainy and drizzling again here in Ohio. (And if I’m being 100% honest, I’m pretty much over it.) But it’s still going to be a lovely weekend – there’s a bit of sunshine sneaking into the forecast too! While the rain isn’t nearly as exciting here as it was in Phoenix, (where it only rains a few times a year) this is still some of my favorite weather. I love the way rain washes everything clean again and smells so fresh!

At this point though, I’d sure enjoy walking again without an umbrella or a cap on my head. We have had a LOT of rain lately, as evidenced by the brilliant green growth everywhere around us. It makes for a beautiful world, doesn’t it? 

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK:  My family went crazy over this Blackened Ranch Dressing the first time I made it. It is a smoky, slightly spicy blackened ranch dressing like Popeye’s! So far, we’ve enjoyed it with vegetables, chicken bites, and french fries – there’s no wrong way to enjoy this awesome dip.

Spicy Cajun potatoes are a great side dish for grilled and roasted meats. They are also delicious chopped up with a soft egg on top or tossed into egg burritos with a bit of sausage or bacon. (They’re awesome dipped into that blackened ranch too!)

Leftover roasted potatoes? Try them in this Cajun Potato Salad next time. Tender chunks of potato, along with hearty bites of bacon and egg are tossed in a creamy, tangy, smoky, and slightly spicy dressing to lightly coat every bite.

A few weeks ago, when I was craving a tuna salad and my eyes fell on the honeycrisp apple in the fridge, I decided to try something new. Lucky for me, this new Tuna Apple Pasta Salad combination is a win!

Garlic Butter Broccoli is super easy to make while it’s also flavorful and bright with fresh herbs and a squeeze of lemon just before serving.

Dr Pepper Ice Cream blends the nostalgia of a soda fountain drink with the indulgence of freshly churned ice cream. The creamy texture balances perfectly with the unique soda taste, creating a refreshing frozen treat.

Homemade Cherry Pie Filling tastes infinitely better than store-bought! And while you can certainly use the pie filling to make a spectacular cherry pie, you can also top cheesecakes, pancakes, waffles, or Read more

5.17 Friday Faves

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Hi friends! Happy Friday! How was the week? I hope you had a wonderful one. The kids officially have one week left of school (YESSSSSSS) and we’re all counting down the days. This weekend we have dinner with friends, a concert, dance activities, and all the chores. I hope you have a lovely weekend, too!

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! Here’s this week’s roundup, and I always love to hear about your faves, too if you’d please shout out something you’re loving below.

5.17 Friday Faves

Life:

Mother’s Day advetnures. It was the best day with my favorite people, doing so many of my favorite things. I woke up early, and while everyone was still sleeping, I went to the farmer’s market to stroll around and get some meat for Maisey’s dog food. When I got home, I got to open amaizng cards from the family, and then we set off for brunch at Hacienda del Sol.

Hacienda has become one of our favorite special occasion brunch spots (we also love date night on the patio with the live piano music), and they have a legendary spread. They truly go for quality over quantity with the best prime rib, veggies, charcueterie, pasta, omelet station, a huge seafood spread, desserts for days, multiple mimosa flavors and a full bar, and live Spanish guitar. Some friends who are like family joined us, and it was the perfect morning.

(so many gf desserts!)

After brunch, we did the tour de Tucson, dropping off flowers and cards for my mom, nana, stepmom, and other nana 🙂 We came home, where I rode the spin bike and then took a glorious little nap. We met up with friends at the pool at Ventana for pizza, swimming, and margaritas.

I also had some excited news to share with you guys: earlier this week, EquiLife and IHP announced that I was chosen as one of their five IHP champions for the year.

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Dr Pepper Ice Cream

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Dr Pepper ice cream blends the nostalgia of a soda fountain drink with the indulgence of freshly churned ice cream. The creamy texture balances perfectly with the unique soda taste, creating a refreshing frozen treat.

close up of ice cream scoop in container of ice cream next to dr pepper bottle

Dr Pepper Float Ice Cream

When I heard about Blue Bell’s Dr Pepper Float Ice Cream, I immediately filed that under “must try ASAP.” Lucky for me, after just a few attempts, I had an ice cream churning that delivered all of the Dr Pepper float flavors I was craving.

Did you know there are 23 different flavors in Dr Pepper? And while the unique blend of flavors is a closely guarded secret, some commonly speculated ingredients include Almond, Amaretto, Blackberry, Black Licorice, Caramel, Carrot, Clove, Cherry Cola, Ginger, Juniper, Lemon, Molasses, Nutmeg, Orange, Prune, Plum, Pepper, Root Beer, Rum, Raspberry, Tomato, and Vanilla.

I can’t say I’ve ever noticed most of those flavors in the soda, as I’m clearly not a super-taster. But cherry, almond, and vanilla? Those are flavors I can taste in the soda and they ring through in this ice cream.

Dr Pepper ice cream is a quirky flavor that has been a hit with everyone who has tried it so far. It’s distinctly Dr Pepper, while also a treat for anyone who loves cherries as much as I do. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy this ice cream.

scoops of ice cream in small white bowls on wooden table next to soda bottle

How to improve metabolic flexibility

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Lots of tips here on metabolic flexibility and how to improve it. 

Hi hi! How’s your day going? I hope you’re having a wonderful day so far. I have quite a few things on my to-do list for the day — all good things, of course!

For today’s post, I wanted to talk a bit about something I started paying more attention to over the past couple of years: metabolic flexibility. As I learn more biohacking tips and strategies to improve my health, I’m excited to share more of this info here. This post was written in collaboration with Mia, our Fitnessista RD. If you have any questions for her or topics you’d like us to cover, please let me know!

Now, let’s get into it!

How Do You Know If You Are Metabolically Flexible

What is metabolic flexibility?

Metabolic flexibility is the body’s ability to switch between fuel sources, whether it is energy received from fat or energy from carbohydrate consumption. Do you notice that you feel better when you eat a steak vs a pizza?

Why Is Metabolic Flexibility Important

Being metabolically flexible allows the body to easily switch between glucose and fatty acid catabolism. Catabolism is essentially the process of breaking down the food you just ate and using it for fuel, or if it’s been hours or even a day since your last meal, it lets your body dip into fat stores for fuel.  A flexible metabolism allows this to happen with ease while feeling great and is an indicator of mitochondrial function.

How do you know if you have a flexible metabolism?

Here are some indicators that your metabolism is functioning at an optimal level:

– You can go hours without eating and without becoming “hangry.”

– Your meal frequency doesn’t dictate your mood.

– Your energy levels are great when eating a diet rich in protein and healthy fats.

– You feel great when eating a diet rich in protein and carbohydrates.

– There’s no need for you to eat every 2-3 hours to prevent fatigue, headaches, or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels).

– You haven’t coined yourself as someone who follows a specific “diet”.

How I measure my own metabolic flexibility:

I use two things to see how my metabolism is functioning and how my body responds to different foods and eating patterns. The first one is the Lumen, which will actually tell you whether you’re predominantly burning carbs or fat, based on your RER (respiratory exchange ratio). I use Lumen a few times throughout the day, and tweak my nutrition based off its suggestions. (If you decide to try it use FITNESSISTA for an extra $35 off!)

It’s also been insightful to see how certain workouts and foods (especially late-night meals) affect my metabolic function.

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