Monday, March 18, 2013

One Small Thing- Smoothies

It's Spring Break for us this week and unfortunatly, after a BEAUTIFUL weekend it is raining and stormy.

I had a Mango that was too ripe so I decided the kids would like a smoothie.

We love fruit. I do buy some ( like a Mango) but we do grow our own sometimes. Fruit is expensive and so wonderful I just can't let it go to waste. So I have a little Tupperware container in the freezer and when I have a few strawberries, blackberries, raspberries etc that are too ripe I'll throw them in the container. Same with peaches, plums, nectarines, etc. I'll just cut them up and throw them in my "smoothie container".

Sometimes at our grocery store they will have overly ripe pineapples for .99cents. I'll buy a few and cut them up and put them in the container. Then on days like today I'll just open it up, put it in the blender and add a little greek yogurt. And there you have it- a delicious smoothie. Fresh, ripe REAL fruit, no artificial anything and it's fruit that otherwise would have been discarded.

The baby ( 18 months ) LOVES it and it's a great way to get nutrients into the little ones.

You can add honey I suppose, I find that too sweet, but otherwise most anything else is game. When the girls want more of a slushie type drink I just add ice cubes.

Just think about that next time you have a couple of really ripe strawberries that can't be used, or a Mango that is past it's prime. Think of how delicious a smoothie will be and think about the money you aren't wasting by not throwing it out.

Happy Homesteading Ya'll!!


  1. Yummy! I think I will start saving fruit in the freezer, now that we have an extra. Thanks!

  2. I just found you on TALU. What a great idea for saving money on food. Thank you.

  3. I do usually put those fruits in a freezer that are on the verge of going bad. I like the idea of only blending it with some greek yogurt. I'm going to get some today. Side note - along time ago we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. I wanted a Mango so bad that I paid $6 for two of them.

  4. This is on my list to try this summer. I've always wanted to try this but have yet to do so. Great tip of freezing ripe fruit. :)

  5. What a great idea for the berries, etc.! I always freezer over-ripe bananas for baking, but it never occurred to me to throw those slightly-mushy berries, etc. in the freezer for smoothies! [#TALU]

  6. Great idea, and so simple! I will definitely be doing this.
    Thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

  7. mmmm great idea! Stopping by from #TALU :)

  8. Do you have a blender to recommend?

    1. I have a mini Ninja ( they are about $29.99) and make just about 16 oz at a time and I like that one for smoothies. I also have a regular Oster Blender from Walmart that was $39.99 that works well. I have seen them up into over $100 but for me, these work just as well. Thanks for stopping by Daisy!