Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fruity Tutty Healthy Tip

We shop the sales and always fill the fridge with fresh fruit so that there is a variety of healthy options for snacking, healthy breakfast/dinner sides, and packing lunches. Many times the bananas have brown spots before we eat them (we are a non-spot loving family), the berries start to get mushy, and the pineapple and melon just get forgotten.

At the first sign that our fruit is about to move on to a better place, I freeze it for smoothies so its already preparted and ready to go. After washing, cutting, and individually freezing, I throw them in a freezer bag like ice cubes.

Strawberries- Wash and remove the tops. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet cut side down and freeze overnight (keeps them still).

Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries- Wash in a colander and let dry completely. Throw directly into a freezer bag.

Bananas, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, pineapple- Peel and slice into 1" chunks. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and freeze overnight. (Also great for banana bread)

Watermelon- puree in blender, pour into an ice tray. Freeze overnight, throw cubes into a freezer bag.

Apples- Peel and core. Cut into slices and toss with a squeeze of lemon juice. Place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet cut side down and freeze overnight. ( I have never used them for smoothies but they are great to store for future baking)

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