I’ve waxed poetic about my love for smoothies and my belief that they are essential to effortless health and vitality. But I have never gone into detail about my well-stocked pantry and my tips for smoothie ingredients storage.
The simplicity of green smoothies lies in the tools needed to create them – a blender, a knife and the greens and fruits of your choosing. All should be very likely to be found in the basic home kitchen. Whether or not we opt for a high-octane emulsifying machine or a tried and true kitchen blender, the choice is to each their own; truthfully, the smoothies come out tasting the same!
Kitchen essentials for the perfect smoothie
One of my kitchen essentials for effortless green smoothie making is a salad spinner. I wash and freeze the bulk of my greens ahead of time and a salad spinner makes like all that much easier.
Aside from fruits, vegetables and the liquid needed for blending, so my pantry is always stocked with ingredients to supercharge my smoothie efforts. Coconut milk, almond milk and kefir are my favorite liquids to use, as they all offer an inherently creamy sweetness and every one of them delivers incredible health benefits.
You get pro-biotics from the kefir, protein from the almond milk and antiviral properties from the coconut milk. I also keep oat bran, chia seeds and bee pollen close at hand for an extra boost in fiber!
Proper smoothie ingredient storage
As most smoothies start with fresh ingredients, proper storage is always something to keep in mind to avoid waste. Although greens will remain green for days and sometimes weeks, their antioxidants, vitamins and minerals begin to dissipate from the time they are harvested. Eating or freezing them as soon as possible ensures that we are getting the most nutrition out of every ounce.
Lettuces and greens should be washed, dried and stored in an airtight container. Certain vegetables such as carrots, turnips and beets should have their stems removed in order to prevent the vegetable from drying out and both fruits and vegetables with hard outer skins or rinds should be peeled prior to blending. Pits should of course always be removed.
I know it would seem that the preparation and storage of a smoothie may be time consuming and a touch finicky, but heeding these tips will help make your smoothie an enjoyable and nutrient rich experience.