In my opinion, the best greens for smoothies are the ones that you actually use and enjoy drinking—which is where this smart freezer storage hack comes into play! It’s one of the best ways I’ve found to get everyone in the family on the green smoothie train.
Greens for Smoothies
Green smoothies are a nutritious and easy family meal option for all ages. The classic options for green smoothies are kale and spinach and these are my go-tos as well—I like that they are easy to find and packed with iron, fiber, and Vitamin C. The hard part for many people is actually using the kale and spinach that you buy, so I love to store them in the freezer to prolong their life AND to keep a stash of greens on hand so that I can almost always make a green smoothie…no matter how long it’s been since I was last at the grocery store.
How to Make Green Smoothies Taste Good
This is often hard because so many of us get overenthusiastic about both the amount of ingredients in our smoothies AND the amount of greens we add. This is crucial when making green smoothies to share with your kids. Here’s my plan that will ensure that your green smoothies taste good to you and your kids:
- Don’t over do it because a smoothie that actually tastes like kale is one that no one will drink.
- Keep fresh kale to no more than 1 cup for a single serving portion of smoothie. And when you use my handy freezer storage tip, you can measure out 1/2 cup of crushed kale.
- Plus (and this is a giant plus) freezing the greens knocks down the “green” flavor making them much more likely to taste like whichever kind of fruit you add. The health benefits are maintained, but it tastes SO better and you won’t waste greens in the fridge. Win, win, win!
How to Store the Greens for Smoothies Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the process involved in storing greens for smoothies. This maintains the nutrition in your greens, prevents food waste, and helps you keep a stash of greens on hand for whenever the smoothie urge strikes.
- Wash, dry, and remove kale leaves from the stems. Place into a zip top freezer bag.
- Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible. Freeze!
- Remove frozen kale from the freezer.
- Crush the leaves to make them easy to measure for smoothies and to help the bag take up less space in the freezer.
- Measure 1/2 cup for your green smoothie.
Best Green Smoothies for Kids and Parents
My best advice for making a green smoothie that will be appealing in flavor and texture to everyone in the house is to keep it simple! And to balance protein, fats, and carbohydrates from fruit and veggies to create a meal or snack that will fuel you for a few hours. Here are a few to try:
Simple Green Smoothie: This recipe is simple, as the name suggests, but it’s also naturally sweet and super nutritious. It’s what I think of as the perfect starter green smoothie for kids. (And, if your kids are into chocolate, add a scoop or two of cocoa powder!)
10 Smoothies with Hidden Vegetables: This is a customizable method for making all sorts of delicious (and easy) smoothies, including green ones!