A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to pick fresh apricots from my cousin’s tree. We went there for a bbq, swimming, and poker party. I was hesitant to pick so many because I was unsure I would be able to eat them in time. My cousin reminded me that I could freeze them and suggested using them in morning smoothies!
You can actually freeze a lot of fruit – which is especially handy if you’re like me and like to shop the 2 for 1 baskets of strawberries! To freeze the apricots, I simply split them in half, removed the pit and popped them into a freezer bag.
They were perfect in this smoothie which can be prepared in five minutes or less! Pair this with a slice of whole grain or whole wheat toast for a small and very filling breakfast on the go.
- 4 apricots, halved (if frozen then 8 halves)
- 1 3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or 1 cup Fat Free Milk
- 1/2 Banana, ripe
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter
- 3 tbsp Sprouted Chia Powder, Navitas Naturals
Toss everything in a blender and blend on a high speed (Frappe or Liquify) for one to two minutes or until evenly mixed.
How many cups of fruit does this make?
1.5 to 2 cups of fruit is recommended per day. However, the new ChooseMyPlate.gov wants consumers to make half their plates fruit and vegetables. Personally, I feel half our plates should be filled with vegetables (complex carbs, fiber) and fruit treated as a side.
1/2 banana = .25 cup of fruit
4 apricots = approximately 1 cup of fruit depending on size of apricots
Did you know that 3 cups of milk/dairy is recommend per day?
1 cup Fat Free Milk = 1 cup
Although Almond Milk is a non-diary beverage it does provide 20% of daily recommended value for calcium per cup!