|Amanda Denker and Baby Jet|
Editors Note: This is the premiere edition of the new monthly column for the La Mirada Blog, "Healthy Mama Diaries" by Amanda Denker that will feature healthy cooking, fitness and lifestyle tips for busy Moms. You can follow Amanda on Instagram @healthymamadiaries and on Twitter @healthymamablog.
Hi La Mirada, welcome to my column, Healthy Mama Diaries. I’m a La Mirada native, wife, first time mama, traveler, social media enthusiast, essential oil wellness advocate, and I have God to thank for all of it; that’s me in a nutshell.
I am over-the-moon excited for the opportunity to write this column for you. I would like to invite you to join me on my journey of living a healthy balanced lifestyle as I share my life and experiences with you. I hope that after reading this column you feel empowered, encouraged, and inspired to make healthier choices for yourself and for your family. So, let’s get started!
Fun Foods to Freeze
On any given day I can open up the freezer at my parent’s house and find a misplaced food item or two. A chocolate pudding cup, a bag of Skittles, and a whole apple are just a few items that my dad has frozen out of curiosity, just to see if the frozen version is desirable or not. The man loves to freeze things. Unlike my dad and his curiosity, it was efficiency, and preparedness that spiked my love for freezing foods. I learned that certain foods when frozen could save me time, money, and waste.
Here is a list of 25 foods that you may also enjoy freezing:
1) Garlic-Having garlic on hand is a must, but chopping it every time you need it can be time consuming. Freezing garlic is a huge time saver. Finely chop or mince multiple cloves of garlic and add it to BPA Free ice-cube trays with a little bit of olive or grape seed oil and freeze. When the garlic is frozen, pop the cubes out and store them in the appropriate size freezer bags. Tip: I suggest mincing 4-5 heads of garlic at a time using a food processor. When doing this you can drizzle the oil directly into the food processor with the garlic and then add the mixture straight into the ice-cube trays.
2) Fresh Herbs-Whether you buy them or grow them, once cut fresh herbs do not stay fresh for long. Freezing them will allow you to preserve them longer. Wash your herbs, allow them to dry, chop them, add them to BPA Free ice-cube trays with a little oil or water, and freeze them. Once they have frozen, pop them out of the trays and add them to the appropriate size freezer bags.
3) Coffee-Pour your leftover coffee into ice-cube trays and freeze. Use the frozen coffee cubes instead of regular ice in your iced-coffee. Coffee cubes will not water down your iced-coffee.
4) Avocados-Avocados can be expensive and they tend to overripe rapidly. When you know your avocados are ready to eat but you are not ready to eat them, freeze them. Frozen avocados can be used to make ice-cream, pudding, smoothies, and guacamole. To freeze avocados cut them in half, take the pit out, and take the avocado out of the skin using a large spoon. Freeze in an airtight freezer bag. Tip: Save money by buying a bunch when they are on sale and freeze them for later.
5) Butter-Buy butter on sale and freeze until you are ready to use it.