I’m a huge fan of frozen fruits and veggies. The biggest reason? No food waste! They’re available for use in your freezer whenever you’re in need, and there’s no concern about them spoiling. (I don’t know about you, but sometimes my eyes can be bigger than my stomach when it comes to fresh produce!)
I shared the below slides on my Instagram illustrating my favorite frozen produce to keep in the freezer whenever my day is in need of a little extra color. These are, of course, not the only 6 items I buy, but they are the staples that I find to be the most versatile, flavorful, and easily accessible!
Some extra good news? Frozen produce is nutritionally very similar to fresh! That’s because it’s frozen right at the peak of freshness!
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One last frozen produce tip: Stock your freezer with a handful of options before you travel! That way, when you return home, you have some colorful choices waiting for you (without the concern of them going bad while you’re away).
Lots of my smoothie recipes use frozen produce! Check some of them out here!
If you’re a fan of smoothies with a milkshake-like consistency, this Peanut Butter Blueberry Banana Smoothie is for you! It’s ridiculously thick, has no added sugar, and is made with just 4 basic ingredients!
Whether you’re enjoying it for breakfast at home or on the go, as post-workout fuel, or as a mid-afternoon snack, this smoothie is super satisfying and refreshing! It’s packed with protein, several servings of colorful fruit, fiber, and more. The greek yogurt and peanut butter make it super creamy. You’ll love it on a warm spring or summer day!
My personal favorite methods to freeze these fruits:
Bananas: Peel and dice them while they’re fresh and on the riper side, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer
Blueberries: Wash them while they’re fresh, dry them off, then store them in an airtight container in the freezer
Small glass food storage containers are my preference over ziplock bags as they’re more eco-friendly!
Thick and creamy like a milkshake, this Banana Cherry Smoothie is super satisfying and refreshing at any time of day! It has the perfect amount of sweetness from the banana and apple juice, the perfect amount of creaminess from the Sunbutter and greek yogurt, AND the perfect amount of rich flavor from the dark cherries. It only takes a few minutes to throw everything together!
Cherries are such an underrated frozen fruit to have on hand, but happen to be one of my personal favorites! They have such a deep flavor that holds up wonderfully when frozen. If you have any leftovers after this smoothie, add them into a bowl of hot or overnight oats, or into a yogurt bowl! (You can check out my article on frozen produce here.)
This Sourdough Banana French Toast was made with my Dairy-Free French Toast method!** It’s such a simple and satisfying breakfast, and the quantities are easily multiplied if you’re feeding a group.
I’m such a big fan of using Saigon cinnamon, especially in French Toast! It adds the perfect touch of sweetness, and the flavor goes a long way! It’s been my go-to cinnamon variety for years.
Dark maple syrup has become another essential in our kitchen. Compared to lighter varieties, the maple taste shines through so much more. I highly recommend trying it out for meals like french toast!
**Because there is less liquid involved without the use of milk, the egginess is more prominent – but this creates a heartiness that’s perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the syrup and fruit on top!
Reminiscent of a classic banana and peanut butter combo, this Banana Peach Sunbutter Smoothie is thick and creamy like a milkshake! The addition of the peaches gives it a bit of extra sweetness and bulk but does not compromise the flavor at all. The sweetness of the fruit balances perfectly with the “nutty” flavor of the Sunbutter in this super filling, nutrient-dense, quick and easy meal.
If somehow you’ve never enjoyed oats before, these Chocolate Chip Banana Protein Oats will convert you after one bite! They’re the perfect combination of dessert-y yet nutrient-dense. They’re also thick and creamy, have loads of added texture from the toppings, and can be whipped up in under 5 minutes!
Falling in between a lighter milkshake and a decadent smoothie, this sweet treat only requires 4 ingredients and makes for such a satisfying snack on a hot summer day! It’s thick and creamy while frozen and icy at the same time, all while packing a nutritional punch with lots of vitamins, protein, and fiber. (For additional creaminess, feel free to substitute a higher fat greek yogurt if that’s your preference!)
This fruity peanut butter combination is perfect on a hot summer day as a snack, light meal, or post-workout recovery treat! It’s nice and creamy as well as high in protein, fiber, and lots of colorful fruit. Nutritious and delicious!