One of my best tips for achieving that thick, frosty smoothie texture you’re looking for is to use frozen fruits and vegetables for smoothies if you’re not already. This is one of the absolute best (and most inexpensive) ways to improve the taste of your smoothies and your smoothie budget. When you use frozen fruits and vegetables for smoothies versus fresh, you’ll get a texture that’s more like a thick, ice cream like shake instead of a watery, produce-filled mess. Frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t only cheaper but are also so much easier to use and you never have to worry about them spoiling before you use them. Below you’ll find some of my favorite fruits and vegetables for smoothies and the ones I’ve found to taste the best in a variety of recipes.
1. Frozen Spinach
Fresh spinach is the go-to green most people use in smoothies, so why not choose spinach as one of the frozen fruits and vegetables for smoothies too? Frozen spinach costs anywhere from $1.50-$2.00 per pound and it’s very affordable in organic form. Spinach in a smoothie is virtually tasteless when combined with fruits so feel free to load your freezer with plenty of it for all your blender endeavors.
2. Frozen Peas
Believe it or not, frozen peas are awesome in a smoothie - you must give it a try! You won’t feel like you’re eating veggies but the sweet taste of frozen green peas totally delivers a glass of nutrition and a nice, sweet, thick smoothie. Plus it’s an easy way to get in your veggies if you don’t like to eat peas in your meals.
3. Frozen Raspberries
Raspberries are my favorite frozen fruit to add to smoothies because they’re bright in color and pair well with most any green, along with fun superfoods like cacao, maca, and chia seeds. Plus, frozen raspberries are very low in sugar yet high in fiber so they’re awesome for your blood sugar and your weight.
4. Frozen Blackberries
Did you know that blackberries are actually higher in antioxidants than blueberries? They’re also higher in fiber and lower in sugar. Blackberries bring a rich, purple hue to your smoothies, along with plenty of fiber, Vitamin C, and a delicious sweet taste.
5. Frozen Kale
Frozen kale is slightly less bitter than fresh kale so it’s great to use in your smoothies. You can use the fresh kale for all those awesome kale salads you’re making instead of tossing it in the blender where it often ends up watered down and gritty. Frozen kale is also affordable like spinach and it definitely lasts longer in the freezer than fresh kale does in the fridge.
6. Frozen Strawberries
Everyone loves strawberries, right? Well frozen strawberries aren’t only tasty but they also give your smoothies a huge dose of Vitamin C and have very little sugar per cup.
7. Frozen Blueberries
Frozen blueberries pair wonderfully with spinach, a little almond butter, and some cocoa powder and they're one of the best fruits you could choose for your smoothies. Blueberries deliver a nice dose of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber, not to mention they taste pretty awesome too.
8. Frozen Cucumbers
Okay now this item is one you won’t find in the frozen food aisle but you can chop your own cucumbers and freeze them to use instead of ice cubes. This is my favorite trick for preventing your smoothies from being watered down. Plus, cucumbers add a nice fresh taste yet give your smoothies the consistency of frozen bananas with much less sugar.
9. Frozen Acai
Frozen acai packs are the way to go when you need to add a superfood boost to your smoothie without spending a fortune. You can find them in invidual packs in the frozen food aisle by the brand Sambazon. Acai packs add a huge dose of antioxidants, fiber, omega 3’s, and only have 2 grams of sugar per serving. They also add a beautiful purple hue to your smoothies and taste like a mix between chocolate and blueberries.
Try using a cup each of three or four of these frozen fruits and vegetables in your smoothies and let me know what you think. I like to use about 2 cups of liquid for 3 cups of frozen fruit and vegetables. This lends right around 24 ounces, which is enough for two servings. Eat this as a meal replacement or share one with a friend for a delicious and slimming treat. You can also add superfoods, protein powder,stevia, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and even a little almond or coconut butter if you like. Do you use frozen fruits and vegetables in your smoothies?