Smoothie Saturday #12 - Frozen Garden Produce
A while ago I bought - The "NutriBullet". Since then I have been creating many smoothie creations.
Today is the twelfth "Smoothie Saturday" where I will share one of my smoothie experimentation.
In this recipe it's all about Frozen Garden Produce and I'd like to concentrate on zucchini.
Zucchini - This vegetable is what my husband calls "The Carp of the Garden" because it keeps on producing and producing until you can't even give it away. So, why not freeze shredded zucchini when it is in season for making Smoothies in the winter?
Zucchini has a very high water content and is therefore good for those on a diet, zucchini is also high in vitamin C, Manganese, Lutein & Zeaxanthin. This super veggie is said to help lower blood pressure, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps protect against cancer & heart disease (again - I'm not a doctor and this is NOT medical advice - please see my "disclaimer" at the bottom of this post).
For this smoothie I used frozen shredded zucchini, frozen peaches & frozen strawberries.
click on each title below to view how to freeze these Garden Fresh fruit & veggie:
Freezing Shredded Zucchini
Freezing Garden Fresh Peaches
Freezing Fresh Strawberries
3 or 4 peach slices (frozen)
1/2 banana (peeled)
3 or 4 strawberries (frozen)
1/4 cup chunk of shredded zucchini (frozen)
1 teaspoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon pecans or walnuts
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 cup kefir (or yogurt)
1/4 cup water (if it is too thick)
Begin with the smaller "NutriBullet" container and use the "nut & seed" blade to blend & chop the pecans & flax seeds. Now place the remaining ingredients (including the processed seeds & nuts from the first step) into the larger "NutriBullet" container and use the "smoothie" blade. Blend for about 30 seconds (or until fully blended). NOTE: you might want to allow the frozen produce to thaw a bit at room temperature for about 10 minutes before blending (the produce might be too hard depending on what temperature your freezer is kept).
IMPORTANT: For the pictures in this post I used my larger blender because I was making this smoothie for 3 people instead of 1 person. However - this recipe is measured for one and for the use of the "NutriBullet" (the pictures will not match the ingredient amounts in this recipe).
All of my smoothie recipes on this blog are measured for the "NutriBullet" and are a single serving - if you have a different kind of blender that has a larger capacity then you may increase the amount of ingredients according to your desired smoothie needs. The ingredients in this recipe measure close to the max line of the NutriBullet.
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