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3/5/13 6:34 P

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Very good way of saving time with the smoothies. emoticon

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3/5/13 5:42 P

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I have been wanting to try this as well.. BUT my husband does one and we make a big blender full and then sepereate it into 1 cup freezer containers that we will then freeze and he takes it out every night to defrost in the fridge for the next day that way he only has to do his once a week :)

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3/4/13 5:13 P

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Thanks for the information. emoticon

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3/4/13 12:08 P

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yw , its saves big time and there are so many uses for zest. Not to mention its expensive in the jars and not as fresh in my opinion.. emoticon

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3/4/13 4:12 A

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Freezing the rinds for the zest is a good hint. Thanks.

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CAROLHARMON, I checked in Google and Youtube before I tried the celery and cucumbers. According from information that I gathered, you don't have to blanch them before freezing.

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3/3/13 11:38 P

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I like a variety of colors in my smoothies. Green is always good though unless its made of some kind of green frosting. And I , too, like the freezing of items. I live alone and often find myself not able to break down a recipe to just one. So I freeze. I, also, learned long ago, that Zest is great to have in recipes, lemon and orange on fish with olive oils and spices. So I freeze all my rinds and they are easier to zest and keep long after they would've have gone bad, and it's not wasteful..

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3/3/13 6:45 P

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I like reading other peoples messages, that's how I learn things. What I learned today is all the things that can be frozen. On some of the vegetables like celery does it need to be par boiled first. emoticon

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3/2/13 10:41 P

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I like the idea of freezing stuff and using if as ice cubes!!

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3/2/13 7:16 P

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I like reading about what others do to make their smoothies - thanks for sharing!

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3/2/13 5:46 P

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One of my goals is to drink a green smoothie daily.
At the beginning, I spent a lot of time fixing them and made a mess.
Each time, I gather everything, like fruits, leafy green, herbs, chia, ginger,etc.; washing fruits and veggies, cut, measure, etc. and then, wrap leftovers, and refrigerate again.
But now, I have some shortcuts I want to share with you.
Preparation in advance
Leafy greens and herbs - I buy 1 leafy green at a time, wash it, dry it, wrap in towels, and put in a plastic bag. I do the same with the herbs.
Other veggies like cucumbers, celery, etc. I wash them and cut them in pieces, then I freeze them in a cookie sheet for about 2 hours, or more if you forget. After that I put them in freezing bags.
I do the same with the fruits: bananas, pineapple, mangoes, apples, etc.
For the avocados (remember that we need fats for the fat-soluble vitamins), puree them with lemon juice and freeze,
So now, I just basically throw items in the blender. The frozen fruits and veggies act as ice cubes.

First, in a 4 cups measure cup, I fill 2 cups of cold water. I put frozen fruits and avocado until the water reaches 3.5 cups. I put the measured fruits and the water in the blender.
Then, I put my leafy greens, herbs and veggies, well packed, in the measure cup until I reach the amount of veggies I'm using, depending on how much of greens's flavor I can stand. I add this to blender.
Blend.
Enjoy!


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