The Leftover Smoothie
Did you know that the average American family throws out 25% of the food they buy? Two-thirds of that food is tossed in the garbage bin due to spoilage alone. If you took a peek into my fridge, you would probably find that I’m a repeat offender of this kind of behavior. I get excited, buy a ton of food and watch it go to waste. One of the biggest food groups that aid in my environmental destruction and general wastefulness is fruit. With that in mind, I drummed up The Leftover Smoothie to keep my fruit intake high and my waste level low.
What’s the secret to a Leftover Smoothie you ask? Your freezer. Seriously, I used to shy away from this, thinking that food not eaten at the peak of nutrition was not worth eating at all. Contrary to my previous opinion, frozen food closely rivals its fresh competitor and allows you to have fruit on demand without it going to waste.
For this smoothie, I had several bunches of raspberries in the fridge that I knew I wasn’t going to eat in time, so I placed them in the freezer to keep them from spoiling. Of course, you can also just buy bags of frozen fruits at the supermarket. Just make sure there are no added sugars and you’re all good!
Another fruit that I struggle to eat in time are bananas, but there’s a lot you can do with them besides just banana bread. Frozen overripe bananas are the perfect sweet addition to any smoothie, without the overwhelming banana taste that I at least, don’t enjoy all the time.
The last key ingredient in this smoothie is unsweetened apple sauce. I’m sure you’re thinking “Why don’t you just get a real apple?” This is a leftover smoothie, okay? Apple sauce has a long shelf life, plus I enjoy reusing the glass container it comes in for miscellaneous food storage. It’s pretty good for you too, with one cup of unsweetened apple sauce having the same amount of fiber as a regular apple and even more potassium. Just like the raspberries, make sure you purchase the unsweetened kind.
While these three ingredients stand out well on their own, I threw in a lil somethin somethin to add a zing of flavor, however that is entirely optional. Toss these ingredients in the freezer and enjoy this lazy, waste cutting smoothie for weeks to come!
The Leftover Smoothie
(makes one 16oz serving)
- 1 cup of frozen raspberries
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 inch of ginger, skin removed
- 1 cup of cold water
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. If too thick, add a bit more water.