It’s the best time of year to stock up on fresh berries. They’re in season, super-fresh and a great price. This year, I’ve frozen strawberries & mulberries to use in smoothies later. I’ve purchased strawberries from the grocery while I’ve picked the mulberries myself from the several mulberry trees that we have. When I compare a bag of frozen berries at about $3 for a small bag, versus getting a 4 lb basket of strawberries on special for less than $3 or picking my own mulberries for free, I’ll take the bargain every time:) This savings really adds up because I have some sort of berry smoothie almost every day.
Wash the berries – some people say to wash them with a little vinegar, but I just use water. Wash them thoroughly though. Let them dry a little bit and then spread them on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure to spread them around so they don’t freeze together in one clump. Put them in the freezer – it is best to leave them for several hours or until they freeze completely.
Once the berries are frozen, scoop them into freezer bags to be used later.
Then, I used the mulberries to make the following smoothie:
1/4 c. frozen mulberries
1/4 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 c. frozen dark cherries
1/2 c. beet juice
I topped my smoothie bowl off with ground flax and chia seeds. I also added some shakeology powder – I would have added it prior to blending, if I had remembered! I think this would have made it creamier as well, so I would definitely recommend adding protein powder and will add a scoop next time. I also sprinkled a tablespoon of oats on top.