Smoothies made with fresh fruit and vegetables always make me feel healthy and re-energized for the day. But they’re also a good way to reduce wasting good produce. As long as you remember to put fruits and veggies in the freezer before they turn bad, you can use them up in juices and smoothies like this tasty orange, red pepper, and carrot blend.
To make this bright orange smoothie, I recommend using frozen apples and peaches. Using frozen fruits helps keep the smoothie from getting too hot as the blender blades pulverize it at high speed.
I like to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in-season and freeze them when they’re ripe. To freeze fruits, simply wash them and slice them into 1cm pieces, and place the pieces in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet or tray. If you have a big enough plastic lid that’s flexible, that works well too. Freeze the fruits for about 1 hour and then put them into an air-tight container such as a zip-lock bag or a reusable freezer container.
Carrot, Orange, and Red Pepper Smoothie
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup carrot
- 1 cup frozen apple
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 2-3 Tbsp red bell pepper
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until silky smooth, about 45 seconds.