Hibernate Freeze-Dried Fruit Smoothie Recipes

Do you love smoothies but hate the hassle of always having fresh fruit on hand? Try using freeze-dried fruit instead! Simply add a handful of freeze-dried berries or other fruits to your blender, along with some juice or milk, and you're good to go! 

Most of us love fruit smoothies, especially for a quick summer breakfast or late afternoon snack. But having fresh fruit on hand to use whenever the whim strikes can be such a hassle. We love fresh fruit at Hibernate, but we also know that not every fruit is in season. We also know that washing, storing, and shopping for fresh fruit can be time-consuming and create a log jam in your fridge and freezer. Without fail, fresh fruit will often go bad before you get around to making that perfect smoothie. So skip the prep work and fussiness of fresh fruit. Using freeze-dried fruit is a wonderful way to get healthy and flavorful smoothies without all the hassle and prep work that fresh fruit requires. 

Hibernate food storage offers a variety of long-term freeze-dried foods that taste good, are nutritious, and can be prepared with ease. If you are considering using freeze-dried fruit in your smoothies or to enrich your emergency food storage, give Hibernate a try. They have the longest shelf life and the best prices in the business.

Using Freeze-Dried Fruit Basics

With the warmer weather on its way, now is the time to start thinking about refreshing smoothie recipes! If you're looking for ways to add more fruit into your diet, then you'll love this tip: use freeze-dried fruit in smoothies. Not only does it pack a powerful punch of flavor, but it also provides an extra boost of nutrients

Freeze-dried fruit has undergone a process that removed nearly all the water from the fruit without sacrificing the flavor and nutrients. At the end of the process, the fruit shrinks in size and becomes dry and crispy with a concentrated, intense flavor–a natural process that freeze-dries the fruit without the use of added sugar, chemicals, or preservatives.

Freeze-dried fruit is light-weight and has a stable shelf life. For centuries, it’s been a favorite food of astronauts, campers, and explores all over the world. The American Institute of Cancer Research provided strong evidence in 2006 that freeze-dried fruit retained close to 98 % of the nutritional value of fresh fruit. 

So when the bananas start to brown or the contents of your fridge are reduced to a spare tomato and left over mac and cheese, you can confidently turn to your pantry to create a wholesome smoothie in a satisfying 60 seconds or less. 

The Health Benefits Of Using Freeze-Dried Fruit In Your Smoothies

Even though in appearance, fresh fruit and freeze-dried fruit may appear differently, the basic nutritional elements between the two remain virtually unchanged. However, there is one clear advantage to freeze-dried fruit. Lindsey Kane, an expert in the field, says that “frozen and freeze-dried fruit are often more nutrient-dense than their fresh counterparts because they are harvested while in-season and immediately freeze-dried to lock in all of it’s good-for-you nutrients.” 

When looking to purchase freeze-dried fruit, make sure to look at the ingredient's panel if you want to avoid sulfides, added sugars, coloring, or added preservatives. 

How To Prepare Freeze-Dried Fruit For Your Smoothies

Freeze-dried fruit is simple and easy to use. It can be consumed straight from the package, and you can throw them whole into your smoothie or throw them in crushed for smooth blending. We also recommend combining two base fruits (like raspberry and banana), or using freeze-dried fruit as a garnish for a delightfully crunchy topping. 

The Best Freeze-Dried Fruit For Recipes

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with most fruits when it comes to smoothies. Bananas and strawberries always provide a nice, tart base, while blueberries and peaches will give your smoothie a bit of depth. Even apples, if paired with a little Greek yogurt, a handful of almonds, and a dash of cinnamon, would taste amazing in a smoothie.

Feel free to mix and match freeze-dried fruit and fresh fruit. We also love pairing freeze-dried fruit with a little protein alongside healthy fats.

Feel free to mix and match freeze-dried fruit and fresh fruit. We also love pairing freeze-dried fruit with a little protein alongside healthy fats. Anything goes! It’s easy to get bored with the same freeze-dried smoothie recipes, but with Hibernate’s freeze-dried fruits variety pack, you have access to six different freeze-dried fruits at your fingertips. You never have to settle for the same thing twice.

Recipes For Delicious And Nutritious Freeze-Dried Fruit

Ready to try freeze-dried fruit in your next smoothie? While there is no shortage of smoothie recipes, these are a few of our best smoothie recipes: 

Razzle Dazzle Smoothie

  • 6 oz yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Hibernate freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Hibernate freeze-dried raspberries
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • Optional: Add a tablespoon of chia seeds for a little extra protein.

Apple Pie Smoothie

  • 6 oz yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Hibernate freeze-dried apples
  • 1 small banana
  • 5 almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Tropical Breeze Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup Hibernate freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup Hibernate freeze-dried peaches
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Peanut Butter And Jelly Smoothie

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Hibernate freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Five Tips For Making The Perfect Smoothie Every Time!

You don’t need a lot of know-how to make a great smoothie. Just follow these five tips below to get a perfect smoothie every time!

1. Keep it cold. There’s nothing worse than a room-temperature smoothie. Frozen fruit will always keep the temperature down, but if you are using freeze-dried fruit, you can always throw in a cup of ice to thicken up the smoothie.

2. Use a sweet fruit base. Some fruit, like strawberries and mango, are extremely sweet. Use these fruits to naturally sweeten your base, and then add complementary fruits or vegetables to add variety and flavor.

3. Add protein. Whether it’s a handful of nuts, milk, or chia seeds, adding a little protein will go a long way to balance out your smoothie and give you staying power.

4. Add spice. Earthy spices like cinnamon and nutmeg pair really well with fruit smoothies. Throw a ½ teaspoon in to take your smoothie to the next level.

5. Use a good blender. Whether you are a Vitamix or Blendtec fan, make sure you have a high-powered blender that can mix ingredients quickly and thoroughly. By the very definition of the word, you want your smoothie smooth, not chunky. 

Hibernate’s Freeze-Dried Fruit

Hibernate knew all along that freeze-dried fruit was extremely versatile and healthy. Not only is it a great option to have on hand for a long-term food storage item, but it also works well in everyday life. Its stable shelf life, ease of preparation, and high nutritional value make it a powerful player in the smoothie industry. 

If you are looking for an easy, healthy option that will last on the shelf, Hibernate has you covered. Visit our website and order our freeze-dried fruit variety pack today!


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