Freezing my own berries

Freezing summer berries

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.

Mulberry tree
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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.

Mulberries

Mulberries

Once the berries are frozen, scoop them into freezer bags to be used later.

Frozen mulberries

Frozen mulberries

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.

Berry smoothie bowl

Berry smoothie bowl

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Summer smoothie

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Such a refreshing Summer smoothie! I made this with watermelon and cucumber.

Watermelon – about 2 cups
Cucumber – about 1/3
Beet juice – 1/2 c.
Water – 1/2 c.
Protein powder – I use vanilla shakeology

Blend and enjoy. This is really so refreshing on a hot summer day and a great way to up your water intake.