How and why should you prep fruit before freezing to make smoothies and/or desserts? Because fruit and berries from the grocery store may not have been properly washed, plus who knows how long it might have been on the shelf.
Prep is easy and takes only minutes to do, it prevents your berries from spoiling and freezing maintains them for weeks.
The first step is to get a bowl of cold water and add about a 1/4 cup of white vinegar. This will kill any mold spores and other germs that may be on the fruit. Let the fruit sit in the solution for 20 minutes and then strain and rinse.
Next, line a cookie sheet with wax or freezer paper and arrange your berries in a single layer for freezing. Remove tops from strawberries and stems from blueberries. Freeze for an hour or so and transfer to quart sized freezer bag.
This step keeps your berries separated so the don’t freeze in clumps and makes them easier to work with. Now your berries are ready for recipes!
Great smoothie recipes are everywhere, from Pinterest to personal websites. I like simplicity and speed, so I opt for the easy-to-toss-together varieties!
Just this morning I made myself a quick strawberry smoothie because I am feeling under the weather and have not much of an appetite.
All I needed was a handful of frozen strawberries, a 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream, a 1/2 cup of almond milk, and 1T of MCT or coconut oil.
A few ice cubes, some sweetener, and a dash of cinnamon later and I had whipped up a delicious, nutricious, low-carb, keto smoothie!!
Of course, you could add anything you like into your smoothie, as long as it won’t add to the carb count and/or ups the fat content. I added about a tsp of chia seeds thinking they would give me energy, but I just feel so rotten, nothing really helped.
I’m sure it’s allergies or an upper respiratory infection, strawberries will help add some vitamin C!! I got my recipe from the KetoDietApp, a great place for all kinds of keto recipes.
It was actually from NXT Modern website which compiled several smoothie recipes from other websites together in one post. Check it out here.
Alternatively, you could make a smoothie bowl like I did back in April. Start with a basic chia pudding, add frozen fruit, nuts, and coconut flakes and BOOM! Easy, delicious breakfast bowl that is low carb, keto, and high fiber.
Check out these recipes after prepping your fruit and let me know how you liked them!