We recently joined Costco. We were briefly members years ago in Arizona when we first married, and boy has Costco changed since then. I joined expecting to save a few bucks on things like toilet paper, but soon realized there are a lot of organic and natural food options that they didn’t have before! Thank you, by the way, to those of you who gave me suggestions and insight into what you buy at Coscto on my Facebook page. It was so helpful!
On my first trip to Costco, I came home with a giant container of organic spinach. I made 30-minute Skillet Spinach Lasagna, I made a lot of green smoothies, and I ate a lot salads. I still had a mountain of spinach left to use.
I decided to try and freeze it into cubes for smoothies. I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this forever and ever because having these handy little spinach cubes, ready to pop into a smoothie, is awesome.
It’s so easy to prepare these–it takes just minutes. All you have to do is start with a whole lotta spinach. I used about 8 cups. Puree the spinach. To do this, you simply need to blend the spinach. You can use a blender or a food processor, but I like how smooth the blender makes it. Next, pour the pureed spinach into an ice cube tray. I used the same silicon freezer tray I use to freeze my fresh herbs.Next, you put them in the freezer to freeze. After they are totally frozen, pop them out of the tray and transfer them into another container for storage in the freezer. I wrapped mine in parchment paper and then put them into a Ziplock freezer bag. I wrapped them in parchment paper first to avoid having them touch the plastic bag. I use this unbleached parchment paper, which is made without chlorine.
8 cups of spinach gave me nine 1-ounce cubes of pureed spinach. I use one cube for a large smoothie and it works perfectly! Now even when I don’t have fresh spinach in the house, I can always have some to add to our smoothies. I love it!
Now for the Hidden Greens Smoothie recipe. This is for all the moms, dads, or kids who turn their nose up to smoothies that are green in color. What is it about green that makes kids squirm? I tried to give Luke a piece of cooked kale last night and he automatically said, “Noooo! That’s yuck!” *Sigh* At least I have smoothies to get him to eat some greens.
This is a classic combination at our house. It tastes like a berry smoothie–you can’t taste the greens at all. And the deep purple color of the fruit overtakes the green, so if you have someone in your life who has decided he simply can’t eat green things, this is a great way to ease him into it!
Hidden Greens Smoothie
Makes 1 large or 2 smaller smoothies
1 cup milk (I use unsweetened almond milk–any milk will work)
1 frozen spinach cube
1 cup frozen antioxidant fruit blend (I used the antioxidant blend I got at Costco for the smoothie shown in the pictures–but you can use any berry blend or all blueberries)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!
Have a great week, everyone!