Hey everyone! I’m back with another juicing endeavour – making spinach and cucumber ice cubes! I’m always looking for ways to get more greens into my diet. I often find it hard to get enough in especially since I’m not a huge salad fan (unless the salad is full of other more substantial ingredients like beans, eggs, chicken, etc.). I have been religiously making smoothies for breakfast since I was a kid (seriously!) and am always trying to find ways to pump up its nutritional value. Soooo I recently started juicing spinach and cucumber, pouring the juice into ice cube trays, freezing it, and popping the very concentrated greens into my morning smoothies! Here’s the rundown:
- For one very full ice cube tray, I juice two large containers of organic spinach as well as one medium sized cucumber.
- Next I wash all the spinach and the cucumber. Even though the package says it has been prewashed, I never trust it.
- JUICE! Start with the spinach and then do the cucumber last. You will get a SUPER dark green, concentrated juice.
- Now it’s time to pour the juice into the ice cube tray. It will be really full but it’s fine once frozen. I have a really great ice cube tray that also has a lid. But before I had that, I would just cover my regular tray with plastic wrap to freeze.
- Once frozen, you can break up the cubes and freeze in Ziploc bag or in a container. Then the cubes are ready to pop into your smoothies!
I find the taste of the spinach to be best disguised in berry based smoothies. It seems to blend well with berries and also doesn’t make the smoothie an unsavory colour! I asked a dietician if I was getting the same benefits of the spinach in the juiced form as I would from putting whole leaves in. She said I would get all the same benefits, minus the fibre. I get plenty of fibre from other sources so I was happy to hear this!
Do any of you have any tricks to getting more greens into your diet?