Warning: Freezing fruit is one of my all-time favorite dietitian soapboxes. I talk about it multiple times a day when counseling clients. I hear the excuse all the time: “I can’t buy bananas or strawberries or [insert other fruit here] because they will go bad.” I agree. I don’t think fruit — or veggies — should ever go to waste. And if you’re worried about your produce, rest assured: it couldn’t be easier to prevent spoilage than by freezing it!
I’m all about freezing fruit because it makes the best smoothies! It will turn any fruit and veggie doubter into a big fan. And kids can’t get enough of smoothies, especially Green Monster Juice made with kale.
There’s no need to water down your smoothies with ice when you use frozen fruit. Often, when ice is added, the drink needs to be sweetened with sugar or else the smoothie will be lacking in flavor. However, using whole frozen fruit creates a richer smoothie with natural sweetness with no need for added sugar. The frozen fruit also provides a thicker texture. Sometimes — depending on how much juice or milk you add — it’s even as thick and spoonable as frozen yogurt.
Steps to Freeze Fruit
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper. This keeps the fruit from sticking.
- Wash fruit and cut into bite-sized chunks, if necessary.
- Evenly space fruit onto baking sheet. Freeze.
- Once frozen, transfer fruits to freezer bags. Store in freezer until ready to use.
My Favorite Fruits to Freeze
Makes 2 servings
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- 6 ounces mango Greek yogurt
- ½ cup 100% orange juice
- Blend all ingredients in blender or food processor until smooth and creamy.
Do you freeze your fruit for smoothies? What is your favorite fruit to freeze?