Fresh fruit picked at its peak is one of life's simple pleasures. Eating a Summer-time peach--warmed by the sun and blushing red--can be a near religious experience. Biting a crisp apple on a chilly fall reminds us about the interconnectedness of our food and ecosystems.
Unfortunately, these flavors don't last. But sometimes, we really want them to stay around long past their peak.
The solution? Freeze that extra fruit!
Some of my favorite fruits to freeze are bananas, berries, peaches, and grapes. Yep, even grapes. And the preparation is simple. Slice up the bananas, strawberries and peaches in a flash. When slicing the fruit don’t cut the pieces too thin, they’ll stick to the tray too much. Leave the grapes and other berries whole. Grab a cookie sheet and spread the fruit out. Then pop it in the freezer.
After a few hours the fruit will be frozen enough to scrape off with a spatula. Then you can weigh the fruit, bag it, and pop it back into the freezer. Feel free to pre-measured your snacks or just throw it all in one bag, weighing it as you go.
Frozen fruit is great as a simple treat to snack on. It is also versatile.
Here are some ideas on how to use your frozen fruit to avoid boring and bland snacks:
· Make a smoothie
· Make fruit-infused water
· Use it as topping for Kenzai French toast
· Put it on yogurt
· Use it to keep your white wine cold
· Make banana ice cream with your frozen bananas, some cinnamon, vanilla and a splash of almond milk.
Frozen fruit can help you stay Kenzai Strong, ALL DAY LONG!
- Kenzai Trainer Kim Benson // read her Kenzai BLOG