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Friday
Oct202017

Green Super Cubes for Quick Healthy Smoothies

I love starting my day with a healthy smoothie for breakfast, one loaded with fresh greens, fruit, and nutritional powerhouses. But on busy mornings, I'm not a fan of washing greens, measuring spices, grinding flaxseed, and dealing with so many ingredients.

Now I whip up Green Super Cubes to make breakfast easy. Just pop a few cubes into the blender with a banana and frozen blueberries for breakfast in four minutes. Get the recipe for the Super Green Cubes below and the recipe for my Quick Green Smoothie here.

super green cubes with frozen greens, cinnamon, turmeric, and flaxseed for quick smoothies

But first, why are these Green Super Cubes so super? They:

  • Let older kids and non-cooking adults make their own healthy breakfast
  • Work well in a care package for a friend who needs some nutritious comfort
  • Let you do the visual work of preparing fresh greens for someone who can't, perhaps an elderly relative
  • Use up a bunch of greens, just the ticket when your CSA box is full of kale
  • Stay ready to use until you need them

Active time: 15 minutes. Total time: 6 hours. Makes 16 cubes or 4 to 8 servings.

8 cups raw greens, such as kale, mustard, or collards
4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup water

  1. Rinse greens well. If the stem ends look less than fresh, cut them off. Put greens in a blender. (I use a Vitamix but this should work in a normal blender.)Fill up a Vitamix with greens then add flaxseed cinnamon and turmeric
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Turn blender on low and then gradually turn speed up to high as greens start to blend. Process on high for about a minute, until mixture is smooth. Tamp down greens or add more water if needed to get the blending action started.
  3. Pour mixture into ice-cube trays and freeze until solid, usually about six hours. Store them in the ice cube trays or pop them into a freezer-safe bag if you prefer. Keeps frozen for a year.Freeze ingredients for a green smoothie in an ice cube tray for a quick breakfast

Recipe Tips

  • Sometimes I make this recipe in the morning. Then I just leave about four cubes worth of the still-liquid green mixture in the blender and make a smoothie right away. The freezing step is for storage and convenient serving. The frozen blueberries make the smoothie cold enough.
  • Make two or three batches at once to minimize cleanup.
  • I buy whole flaxseeds, which keep at room temperature, and grind them in a coffee grinder just before using them.

Reader Comments (2)

Linda, what would you think of steaming the greens for a couple of minutes first? I know making smoothies from scratch usually involves just using them raw. By the way, it really is a "super" idea to freeze these cubes!

Oct 20, 2017 | Registered Commenterbettya

This is such a smart idea, especially during times when we can't run to the store for fresh greens (or pick them from the garden). Having grown my own collards, spinach, kale, etc., I'm fussy about the freshness of green leafies and this sounds like a way extend the fresh taste. Thanks!

Oct 21, 2017 | Registered Commenterchessie
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