8 Must Have Smoothie Ingredients In Your Freezer

July 6, 2014

8 Must Have Smoothie

I’m a smoothie and juice junkie!  You all know that by now, right? But, seriously, smoothies and juices are the best way to pump your body of the best quality vitamins and minerals you can get.The perfect meal substitute and my favourite breakfast and post work out meal.

Want the perfect smoothie?  Here are 8 Must Have Smoothie Ingredients In Your Freezer.  Not to mention, they will be the most delicious and luxurious smoothies (and smoothie bowls) around!

Bananas

Well…obvious.  But, frozen bananas are the key note for sweetness.  And, let’s not forget the potassium.  Simply peel the banana, slice and pop into the freezer.  I tend to keep mine whole but cutting the bananas help to blend a “smoother smoothie”.

Recipes: Banana Split Smoothie

Banana Split Smoothie

Banana Split Smoothie

 

Avocados

It’s so important to include a fat into your smoothie for better vitamin and mineral absorption. Don’t like avocados?  Don’t worry, you can’t even taste them! They impart such creaminess that you will notice the difference but not the taste.  Simply slice them up and freeze on a tray.

Recipes: Powerhouse Pumpkin Chai

 

Ginger

The best way you can treat your ginger is to freeze it.  Why?  Well, if you’re not like me where you go through ample amounts of this anti-inflammatory root, you’ll likely skip this process.  But, if you use ginger in smaller doses, simply peel the root and freeze and grate it into smoothies.  Or if you like larger quantities, peel, cut into pieces, freeze and drop into your smoothies.

Recipe: Detox & Glow Smoothie

 

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is my favourite milk.  It’s creamy and full of essential fat.  But, coconut milk does expire quickly if you are purchasing organic, canned versions.  The store bought cartons do contain preservatives and stabilizers to allow it to stay on the shelf longer.  Personally, I don’t want that.  So, to stretch out the length of my coconut milk, I freeze them into ice cube trays. Best.Tip.Ever!

Recipes: Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie // Mango Lassi Smoothie

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Coconut Water

The same goes for Coco Water.  If in its purest form, coconut water also expires in a few days so I freeze them into ice cube trays as well. Coconut water is full of potassium, natures perfect electrolyte!  Frozen coconut water cubes make the perfect ingredient for a post work out smoothie or use to chill your water.

Recipes: Chia Goji Pear Smoothie

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Chia Goji Pear Smoothie

 

Lemon Juice

I love me some lemons.  I always buy in bulk since they are included in my morning immunity drink and my green smoothies and juices and I do through a lot.  Lemon is amped with Vitamin C but it is also the most detoxifying and alkalizing yellow gem on the market. I juice my extra lemons through the juicer, pour into ice cube trays and away we go. Hand squeeze if you are sans juicer.(They also make a great addition to sparkling water!)

Recipes: Red Power Detox Smoothie

 

Red Power Detox Smoothie

Red Power Detox Smoothie

 

Pomegranate Seeds

I think people get scared of pomegranates assuming that they are hard to take apart, but they’re not.  Give them a good few wacks and they’re out.  I lay them on a sheet pan, freeze them, use them in smoothies and they make the perfect snack by the handful.  Full of antioxidants and fibre.

Recipe: Mint Chia Pom Smoothie

 

Beets

Yes!  My favourite new smoothie ingredient.  I juice these babies on a regular basis since they are the best and most vital ingredient for a liver detox juice ever.  But, who would have thought that roasting and then freezing them would become the perfect secret ingredient in a smoothie?  Beets are loaded with phytonutrients to help ward off disease, loaded with antioxidant-rich vitamin C and they’re full of fibre.

To make the beets, take a medium-sized beet, wash and scrub, cut into small quarters, place in a roasting dish with coconut oil, cover and roast in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  Once cooled, peel off the skin, spread on baking tray and freeze for a minimum of 2 hours.

I’ve made the perfect breakfast bowl for you:

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Beet Berry Acai Breakfast Bowl

Beet Berry Acai Breakfast Bowl

Ingredients:

1 pack of Sambazon Acai smoothie pack or Navitas Natural Acai Powder
1 small frozen beet
1/2 cup of mixed berries
3 T of raw nuts (brazil, walnut & pecan work well)
1 cup of non-dairy milk
1-2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 soft date

Toppings we like: goji berries, coconut flakes, more nuts and North Coast Naturals Hemp Seeds.

Directions:
1) Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend.
2) Top will your ideal toppings.

This can be enjoyed immediately or made in advanced and chilled overnight.

Tell me, what ingredients do you freeze to make the perfect smoothie?  Share in the comments below!

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  • Sheelagh

    Freezing coconut milk in ice cube trays!!?? Brilliant! I have had far too many coconut milk leftovers go bad because I don’t use them quickly enough. And I hate watering down my smoothies with ice cubes. This is the answer to both those problems!! No wasted coconut milk and creamier smoothies? Yes please!

    • eatlifebalance

      Hi Sheelagh – I also freeze coconut water. They’re a more flavourful ingredient instead of water! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • Sheelagh

        Yes, I saw that! So clever! Lots of great tips here! Thanks!

  • , thanks very much for posting this! It is going to help me when I get Coconut Milk at the grocery store! Cool!

    • Julie Pecarski

      Glad you agree! Makes a smoothie nice and creamy and frosty 🙂 xxJulie