Juicy berries, tart apples, and ripe bananas are blended with fresh ginger root to give this fruity smoothie a kick.
Have you ever had an indulgent few days (or weeks!) of eating? I know I sure have and without fail, after a few days, I’m always craving healthy recipes again.
Smoothies are my version of a clean slate. One of my secrets naturally sweetening smoothies is to use ripe, naturally sweet fruit such as bananas, berries or apples. By using ripe fruit, you eliminate the need for added sweeteners that pack on the calories.
Pro Tip: A great way to ensure you are always just a few minutes away from a perfect smoothie is to keep peeled, ripe bananas in the freezer.
What’s the best way to freeze bananas?
The best way to freeze bananas it to let them first ripen up to make them extra sweet. Next, peel the bananas and cube them. Once completed, place into a freezer-safe, plastic bag, and save to use in smoothies, muffins, pancakes, and more.
By adding frozen fruit to your smoothies you eliminate the need to add in ice. Of course, if you have fresh fruit on hand just add in extra ice to make it thick and creamy.
To balance out the sweetness in fruity smoothies, I love adding in fresh ginger root which I’ve peeled and thinly sliced.
Can ginger root be frozen?
Yes, absolutely. To freeze ginger simply peel it then place in a resealable plastic bag. When needed, grate it into soups, pasta, salad dressings, smoothies and more.
The best part? Ginger is virtually calorie-free but will completely transform your smoothie from a dull mixture into a tangy addictive treat.
Your straw is waiting.
Ginger Berry Fruit Smoothie
- 1 medium banana frozen or fresh
- 1 apple cored and quartered
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 cups frozen spinach optional
- 1 inch-piece ginger root thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 cup water
- ice to thicken
- Place all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. Add ice until you've reached desired consistency.