I have recently started to pay more attention to the benefits of organic food as I continue to clean up my diet.  I never used to bother buying organic greens.  I just used to use normal spinach or kale or store bought frozen spinach.  I didn’t used to buy much organic produce at all as I reasoned that I would rather use the money to buy more fruit than have to buy less but more expensive organic produce.  However I’ve changed my mind recently.  I don’t want to have to eat more than I need and if that means filling up on more carbs rather than fruit I’ll take that option.

As leafy greens are practically all surface area, heavily cover them and you will end up eating a large amount of these chemicals on from your greens.  I can actually feel the difference touching the spinach myself.  Normal spinach feels very waxy and organic spinach feels a lot fresher.  There isn’t actually much difference in price where I live but the problem is I can’t get hold of it at my local store.  So that means I have to buy in bulk to last me 1-2 weeks, which means I have to freeze my greens to make them last.

4 Reasons for Freezing Your Greens For Green Smoothies:

There are several reasons why it’s good to freeze your leafy greens for your green smoothies:
1) It avoids your greens going bad
2) It keeps the greens fresher
3) It cools down your smoothie
4) It can be quicker to blend

How to freeze spinach (or other leafy greens)

There are 3 ways to freeze your greens.  The only mild organic greens I can get hold of are spinach and kale so I can’t do much rotation of my greens.  I’m hoping to grow more chard in the summer though and I will use romaine lettuce occasionally but I prefer to eat this in my daily salad.  Here are the 3 ways to freeze your greens. You can follow these directions for any leafy greens.  I usually mix my spinach and kale together.

1: Blend raw greens with water and freeze

This is the method I use.  As my greens are pre-blended it means less blending when I come to make my smoothie and they can be easily poured into molds and you can measure exactly how much you are using.  It makes your smoothie lovely and cold too.  I would add the frozen green chunks in at the end of making your smoothie as it will be easier for your blender to blend them. It is pretty simple to make these.

NOTE: If your blender can’t cope with frozen ingredients, just leave these to thaw before adding them to your blender.  It will make your smoothie much smoother and easier to blend.    The smaller the green smoothie cubes are, the easier they are to blend.  

 2: Freeze raw green leaves

This method is easier than the above method but I like blending my greens as it compresses the greens down and I don’t have to take up much space in my freezer.  This method is so quick and easy.

3: Freeze Blanched green leaves

Some people prefer to blanch or lightly steam their greens before consumption.  There is concern that if you eat too much spinach you may consume too many oxylates.  Some people are sensitive to oxylates and if you find you can’t tolerate spinach then I suggest you do some more research into this.   is a good starting point.  You may prefer to blanch your greens to reduce the level of oxylates, retain the colour of the spinach brings out the flavour and reduces them down.  This will also reduce the amount of nutrients in the greens which is why I don’t do it.

Have you ever tried freezing greens?

I know you may not have time to digest all this right now, so I wanted to give you a handy print out of this blog post so you can stick it on your fridge to help you on your journey to optimal health.

 

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