How often do you have to throw away (or compost!) fresh fruit or veggies that have gone bad? It's heartbreaking both because you hate to throw good food away. But, it's also like taking money out of your wallet and tossing it in your trash can, isn't it?
Well, we have developed a little strategy around our home. My children are already fans of smoothies for lunch on occasion. What reminds me to make smoothies for lunch is the state of our fresh fruit, especially our bananas! The children go through phases of eating them like monkeys and refusing to touch them (literally)! Ripe bananas make the perfect sweetener for smoothies. So, the bananas end up being our little smoothie timer 🙂
They are super easy to make. And, since we usually keep some frozen fruit around all the time, it's fairly convenient too. I essentially use whatever we have and try to make it as healthy as possible while maintaining that certain level of sweetness required for the children to actually drink it!
Directions. Throw the following into a blender, VitaMix or food processor and liquify! You may need to add more milk, yogurt or more fruit, depending on the texture you prefer.
1 cup of mixed frozen fruit (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are favorites around here)
1/2-1 cup green veggie (I either use fresh spinach or frozen broccoli–you'll need to test this. If you have too much broccoli, you may have to add more fruit)
1-2 ripe bananas
1/2-3/4 cup milk (I like to use coconut milk)
1/4 cup ground flax meal
a couple of Tablespoons honey (optional)
a couple of Tablespoons yogurt (optional)
Drink up and know that you are filling up on a very nutritious meal while saving money on that fruit that you were going to throw away!
What else do you do with really ripe fruit?
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