Hope you had a great July 4th holiday! I started the day with one of my favorite prenatal yoga DVDs and a 30 minute walk, then I went on a bit of a juicing frenzy. My kale was wilting and my cantaloupe was getting mushy, so I figured I’d better juice it all up. I only drink about 8 ounces at a time, though…what to do with the leftovers?
With a 90-degree day looming, I decided to use some of the fruit to make “real food” popsicles. I juiced up blueberries, cantaloupe, and pineapple, strained it through a fine mesh strainer (if you don’t have gastroparesis, you can skip this step), diluted it with a little water, and poured into popsicle molds. So simple.
Then, as I was sticking the popsicle molds in the freezer, my silicone ice cube tray caught my eye. Hmm…
I usually freeze leftover juice in 8-ounce BPA-free containers. I don’t always have a full 8 ounces of juice to freeze though, and that size portion doesn’t always thaw evenly. The thought of two-ounce “juice cubes” seemed much more versatile. I could throw them right into the Vitamix when making my green smoothies, or stick a few in my Lifefactory bottle along with 8 ounces of water when I plan to be out and about all day. Definitely worth a try.
I only had 6 ounces of leftover juice (kale-spinach-cantaloupe-blueberry-carrot-pineapple) after I used it to make my daily green smoothie, so I made 3 juice cubes.
I didn’t have to wait long to use them, since I never made it to the store yesterday to get more fruits and veggies (too busy swimming, eating ice cream, and watching fireworks from our living room window!). This morning, I popped my three juice cubes in the Vitamix along with 8 ounces of water, the handful of baby spinach I had left in the fridge, a small banana, and the juice of 1/2 a lime.
It worked perfectly. I’m sipping on my green smoothie as I type. While fresh juice is best — juice loses enzymes and nutrients as its exposed to oxygen — I think this is great alternative for days when you’re short on time and/or fresh produce. I will def be making/keeping juice cubes on hands from now on!
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