Food itself is quite tasty alone, but some foods taste even better frozen. Foods like bananas, yogurt, and coffee beans taste great and add another level of flavor.
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Bananas are not only delicious, but they are packed with infection-fighting properties, vitamin c, potassium (important for controlling heart rate and blood pressure, fiber (helps with regulating your digestive system), magnesium ( helps strengthen your bones and protects your heart), and an adequate amount of copper (which helps the production of red blood cells).
So why freeze bananas? Well, frozen bananas are easy to use for making smoothies, snacking, chocolate covered peanut bites, add to your breakfast pancakes or oatmeal. Freezing bananas prevents them from spoiling, and keeps all the nutrients intact.
How to freeze the bananas:
Start with overripe (spotty) bananas. They are more sweet and the most nutrient dense at this time. Peel the bananas and cut them into 1-2 inch chunks. Arrange them on a tray lined with parchment paper and place it in freezer. Once the chunks are frozen, you can transfer them into freezer-safe bags for future use.
If you like bananas you will fall in love with these dark chocolate sunflower butter bananas. Sunflower seeds are blended with bananas to make a truffle then covered with dark chocolate. Full of Vitamin E and also vegan.
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Yogurt, a thick, tart version of milk, has been a part of every culture that used animals for milk and discovered when fresh milk is left in a container with good bacteria, the milk thickens and develops a sour taste. Lactic acid is produced through this fermentation process which preserves the cultured milk. Yogurt is known for having several nutrients like calcium, potassium, and magnesium. But most importantly, it is known for having“probiotics” which are “friendly bacteria” that help with the digestive system and promoting good gut health.
Yogurt alone is very delicious since it comes in many flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, you name it. But frozen yogurt is even better, because it is basically a healthy version of a popsicle. Here is how you can make your own yogurt popsicle blend.
- 6, 3oz dixie cups (makes 6 popsicles)
- 1.5 cup, plain greek yogurt
- Berry of choice (strawberry, raspberry, blueberries, etc)
- 3 Tbs of agave nectar
- Popsicle sticks
Mix the plain greek yogurt with agave nectar. Make a layer of berries in dixie cup and then add yogurt/agave mix filling the cup. Place popsicle sticks vertically at center of filled cup. Freeze for 2 hours, or until frozen and enjoy. You can add chocolate drizzles for more sweetness and texture.
3. Coffee Beans
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Coffee beans are the seeds of the coffee plant, which are short to conserve their energy. The leaves of this plant are waxy and usually grow in pairs, placed opposite of each other. Coffee isn’t just great for a quick wake up in the mornings, but it is also good for reducing the risk of diabetes, lowers risk of developing parkinson’s disease, decreased risk of liver cancer, and lowers risks of prostate cancer.
How could coffee beans be better frozen? Having them frozen is like a crunchy iced coffee. Not only does it taste fresh, it also gives you the boost you need, without the liquid intake. Although some prefer the whole act of sipping their coffee, having frozen coffee beans is a nice pick-me-up snack. They’d also be great dipped in chocolate.
How to make your frozen coffee beans:
Pick up your favorite brand of coffee beans, you can try Ethiopia-Shakiso Organic beans. Initially, they are fruity in taste with a chocolate finish, roasted to a medium dark. Place the coffee beans on a tray, and separate out the pieces evenly. Let set in freezer for a couple hours, the longer the better. Once done you can place the beans in a jar and store back in the fridge. Then take a handful as needed.