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In the kitchen with Kelley: Frozen fruit smoothie

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Smoothies are my favorite way to get ample servings of nutrient-rich fruits and veggies. But when I first starting trying to incorporate smoothies into my daily routine, I found it hard to keep fresh ingredients on hand. I’d buy plenty of bananas for example but before my next shopping trip they’d be too ripe for my liking.  So I started cutting and freezing my bananas. It worked so well I made the switch to other frozen fruits and vegetables, even the prepackaged ones.

I wanted to make sure the frozen prepackaged produce would be just as good for me, so I did a little research. I found that fruits and vegetable are promptly blanched, if necessary, then frozen within hours of being picked and that the process helps lock in both the taste and the nutritional value. Plus frozen produce is available year round, so you can throw in your favorite fruit regardless of whether it’s in season or not.

Bananas are still my favorite ingredient, and this is my go-to smoothie recipe…

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients
1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
2 cups frozen berries
1 cup rice milk
1/2 cup orange juice

Directions
1. Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.


Nutrition Facts

Frozen Fruit Smoothie (2 serving)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 611.7, Total Fat 2.7 g, Saturated Fat 0.2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2 g, Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g, Cholesterol 0.0 mg, Sodium 123.3 mg, Potassium 691.8 mg, Total Carbohydrate 150.4 g, Dietary Fiber 9.4 g, Sugars 99.2 g, Protein 5.4 g

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