Works for me Wednesday: Freezing Leftover Fruit

by Marcy on March 25, 2009 · 0 comments

It has been a long time since I have participated in Works for me Wednesday, but I have been wanting to share this tip for awhile now and I thought it would be fun to join in on the WFMW fun!

Recently I purchased a book called The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great. I am beyond in love with this book for many reasons, the most important of which is that all of the recipes I have tried so far have been awesome!

One of the many things that I have picked up from this book is a love of making smoothies. They help to satisfy my sweet tooth, are great to make when I am out of fresh fruit in the house, not to mention the fact that my daughter thinks she is getting a milkshake when in all actuality she is getting something healthy!

I’m not sure how things work at your house, but every week I purchase fresh fruit at the grocery and at the end of every week I almost always have nearly rotten fruit left. In the past I would throw it out, which always made me sick because as we all know, wasted food is wasted money.

Because I am now making smoothies regularly, what I do is peel any bananas I have left over at the end of the week and throw them into a zip loc bag in the freezer. I continue to add to this bag each week, and have even started grabbing old bananas at the store if they are marked way down to add to my freezer stash. I also take any leftover strawberries that I have at the end of the week, core them and throw them into a zip loc as well. You could do this with many other fruits that you have on hand. For example, the smoothie recipe I use calls for lemon juice, so I buy lemons when they are on sale, juice them and freeze the juice in 1 and 2 tsp. cubes in an ice cube tray.

And because I don’t want to leave you hanging, here is my favorite smoothie recipe variation from The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great. I’m hoping to share more of my favorite recipes from this book in future posts if you are interested!

Vanilla Fruit Smoothies
Makes 2 cups (1 serving), about 263 calories

1 c frozen fruit (I use strawberries)
1 medium frozen banana
1 c light vanilla soy milk
2 tsp honey
2 tsp lemon juice

Place frozen fruit into a blender. Whisk soy milk, honey and lemon juice. With blender on high add soy milk mixture to fruit. Blend until smooth.

Note: There are many variations to this recipe in the book, including: Raspberry Orange, Pina Colada, Blueberry-Lemon, Peach-Almond, Mango and Tropical Smoothies. I am especially excited to try out the Chocolate Fruit Smoothie recipe this week!

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What types of fruit do you freeze, and what are some of your favorite uses for it?

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