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!
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.)
These Chocolate Cherry Protein Oats are the perfect example of what I refer to as “Instant Overnight Oats”. It’s simple: By adding plain greek yogurt into oats already prepared with water (along with your other ingredients), you get slightly cooled and creamy oats à la traditional Overnight Oats plus a bit of added protein! This Chocolate Cherry variety only requires 4 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make!
Stir in the yogurt until creamy and evenly combined
Mix in the cherries
If you’re looking to enjoy the oats warm, fresh cherries would be recommended.
If you’d rather the oats be cooler like traditional Overnight Oats, the combination of using frozen cherries and cold yogurt will bring the temperature down. The warm oats will thaw the frozen fruit while transferring the chill into the rest of the bowl.