Frozen fruit is great in a smoothie: it means you don’t have to add ice cubes, and it also means you can have your favorite fruits at any time of year, whether they’re in season or not. Just add your frozen fruit just as you would fresh fruit. To start off the blending process use the pulse setting if you have one; otherwise just blend in short bursts until the fruit is broken down – this will protect the motor on your blender.
Frozen berries are not always as sweet as fresh ones, so you might want to add a little sweetness, either in the other fruits you use, or with a sweetener such as honey or agave syrup. In this recipe I’ve used apple juice to give the sweetness. If the idea of adding the spinach puts you off, don’t let it – you won’t be able to taste it alongside the sweet berries, and it increases the nutritional value no end.
If you want to leave your berries until defrosted, that is fine, but you may want to add ice in that case, for a really cold and refreshing drink.
o 2 cups of mixed frozen berries
o 1½ cups of apple juice
o Handful of torn spinach leaves
Blend all of the ingredients together.