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Freezing Fruit and Vegetables

Freezing is a quick and convenient way to preserve fruits and vegetables at home. Freezing is the method of food preservation which may potentially preserve the greatest quantity of nutrients. As little as only 10% of the nutritional value is lost when freezing foods.

Most frozen fruits maintain high quality for 8 to 12 months. Most vegetables will maintain high quality for 12 to 18 months at 0 degrees F or lower. However, it is a good idea to plan to use your home frozen vegetables before the next year crop is ready for freezing.

Smoothies are a fantastic way to start the day off for you and your family. Imagine a blended drink that tastes like dessert but gives you an energetic jump on the day for health. All you need is some frozen fruit and a high powered blender. Below are a couple of smoothie recipes.

Standard ‘breakfast’ smoothie: 1 cup water, 1 fresh banana, 1 1/2 cups of mixed frozen fruit, 2-3 tbl spoons of natural sweetener (raw agave is best but a raw honey would work well) and away you go.

‘Green but good’ smoothie: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup frozen pear, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1 handful of spinach, a little lemon and finish with a touch of natural sweetener (agave or honey). You will be amazed that something this green can taste that good.

Once you get going, you can create your own amazing drinks using frozen fruit and a little imagination. The kids will love it and your body will thank you for the healthy option.

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