.... Ok, so this is a day late. But remember, I live in the land of newborn right now, so the fact that I've had a shower and have not cried today is a huge feat. But, I just remember something I did before Ella Margaret arrived, in preparation for my stay in the land of newborn. Are you ready? It's pure genius, I tell you.
Around here, I often misjudge how "into" a certain fruit my kids are. I will buy strawberries and they will eat them as though they are the secret of the universe elixir. So, I will buy them for a second week in a row and my children will snub them as though strawberries are for, you know, common folk. Not royalty, like my children. So, here I'll have a plethora of strawberries because, of course, I bought them at Sam's.
This was causing my frugal husband to develop a rather vicious eye twitch, so I needed a plan. That's when I happened upon an idea that was really my daughter's in a round-about way. If my children are snubbing the current week's produce selection, I just freeze it and use it later for smoothies. I slice it before hand. I have done strawberries, peaches, blueberries, and bananas this way. Just remember to slice it first. Otherwise, it will reek havoc on your blender. When I slice the fruit, I place it on top of wax paper on a cookie sheet so it doesn't all stick together in one big lump. Then, after it is frozen, I transfer it to a tupperware container. It's just a preference, I don't do plastic baggies very often, but I'm sure it would work.
Our favorite smoothie is a half cup each of two different fruits and a cup of any kind of fruit juice that you prefer. Since the fruit is frozen there is no need to use ice to make it slushy. Sometimes I cut the juice down to a half cup and add in a half cup of yogurt. This makes enough for 2 kiddo size smoothies and a small smoothie for the mama too.