1) Make sure you are buying the freshest fruits and vegetables possible. This often means searching out a local farmer for good deals and fresher food. www.localharvest.org is a great resource.
2) Read this guide to storing fruits and vegetables. You may be surprised how many products you are storing incorrectly!
3) FREEZE ALL THE THINGS! The simplest thing to do is to blend the greens/cucumbers/whatever up with a splash of water and freeze in ice cube trays. Just pop a few in your next smoothie to get your greens and that frosty texture you're looking for. For fruit, it may be easier just to clean, remove any stems, and freeze on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, just pop into a freezer bag to save them for months.
Hopefully this helps any of you experiencing a fresh fruit and vegetable overload dilemma--if there even is such a thing!
A few of our favorite combinations are courtesy of Sip Juice Cart in Portland, OR. You'll dream about their green smoothies for months.
- Greens, banana, orange, pineapple, coconut oil
- Greens, banana, orange, vanilla
- Greens, apple, lemon, ginger
- Greens, parsley, cilantro, cucumber, celery, lemon, salt
- Greens, strawberries, blueberries, apples, ginger
P.S. The smoothie pictured above is Super Greens from Organic Girl blended with wild blueberries, 1/2 a banana, Greek yogurt, ginger, and turmeric. Yum!
You can also check out http://simplegreensmoothies.com for green smoothie challenges, recipes, and more!