Sneaking greens into a smoothie is a great way to turn a delicious treat into a delicious AND nutritious meal. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have fresh leafy greens on hand… they go bad super quickly! I also hate going to the grocery store more than I have to. So how am I supposed to be prepared for a smoothie any time I crave one? By prepping Smoothie Cubes, that’s how.
These little guys are super quick and easy to prepare, and then silently live in your freezer until you’re ready to pop them in your blender with your favorite fruits. I’ve found this method to be better than my old favorite trick, which was juicing the greens and then freezing the juice into cubes. It was super effective, but also super messy and a pain to clean up.
(The photo above shows a blanched collard leaf… I was about to eat it but thought it would help to show what was in the blender. I recommend using fresh, uncooked leaves for the Smoothie Cubes.)
Smoothie Cubes are a great way to use up greens that are a day away from spoiling. My personal favorite green to use is spinach – it really doesn’t change the flavor of the smoothie all to much, it’s super nutritious, and it goes bad WAY too quickly in the fridge. But who am I to stop you at spinach? Add whatever greens you’d like. Heck, mix different greens together if you want! Now that I think about it, adding spinach Smoothie Cubes to my Chocolate Banana & Matcha Smoothie Bowl doesn’t sound half bad!
What you’ll need:
- A blender
- Fresh leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale, etc.)
- The amount really doesn’t matter. The more greens you add, the more cubes you will make.
- Ice cube tray
- Add enough water to cover the blades of your blender.
- Place leafy greens into the blender.
- Blend water and greens until the leaves are finely chopped and can be easily poured. You may need to add more water depending on the amount/type of greens you are using.
- Transfer liquid to an ice-cube tray and freeze. Once frozen, remove the cubes from the tray and store in a freezer safe container or bag.
- When you’re ready to make a smoothie, pop 1-3 cubes in your blender with the rest of your smoothie ingredients.
- BEWARE: Collard greens cubes are POTENT. I learned this from experience. Start by adding only one cube at first, and be sure to use other ingredients with a strong flavor – like a banana. Unless you love the idea of drinking a “mixed berry” smoothie that tastes like collard greens, you’ll heed this advice.
Happy blending : )