Life Hacks, Duct Tape + How to Make a Frozen Spinach Smoothie

I’ve got two super nutritious and delicious frozen spinach smoothie recipes to share with you today, plus my top life hacks using duct tape and frozen spinach…[Not together, mind you!}
Frozen Spinach Smoothie {Two Ways} Grecian Green Goddess and Ginger Blueberry Bomb If you think I’ve gone completely mad pairing duct tape and frozen spinach smoothies in the same post, I absolutely wouldn’t blame you!

But, bear with me here.

They both have one thing in common…

A broken oven door.

The story goes something like this…

My oven hasn’t been latching properly for the past couple of weeks, so I haven’t been able to bake yummy things like this OATMEAL CHIA BERRY CRISP. {gluten-free, vegan, low FODMAP}

Oatmeal Berry Chia Crisp//The Spicy RD

And these DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNK PECAN LOVE BITES. {gluten-free, grain-free, vegan}

Dark Chocolate Chunk Pecan Love Bites//The Spicy RD

I know. Whoa is me.

So what’s a girl to do when her oven won’t work?

Make smoothies with frozen spinach of course!

Then call the appliance repairman to come fix the oven. Get it fixed. Give it a good self cleaning. Let kids bake cookies and fish sticks in it {That combo doesn’t sound good together does it?!} Get a craving for Pao de Quejo, whip up the batter, and find out that after only 2 days of working, the oven door won’t stay shut again.  Say bad words. Really bad words. Out loud. Decide not to be defeated, grab some duct tape, and do this…

Life Hack: Use Duct Tape on Your Oven Door When it Won't Shut.Use duct tape to seal the oven door shut!

Genius right?!

Now get my super easy, nutritious and delicious frozen spinach smoothie recipes, then read on for more life hacks with frozen spinach, and, yes, duct tape!

Frozen Spinach Smoothie 2 Ways: Grecian Green Goddess + Ginger Blueberry Bomb

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 serving each

Frozen spinach is the go-to ingredient in both of these super easy, delicious, and nutritious smoothie combinations!

Ingredients

  • Grecian Green Goddess Smoothie
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened, Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 cup almond milk {or other dairy/non-dairy milk}
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon or to taste
  • Ginger Blueberry Bomb Smoothie
  • 3/4 cup frozen spinach
  • 3/4 cup wild frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened organic soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. For both smoothies, place all ingredients in a high speed blender, and blend on high until well combined. Note: Both of these smoothies use little liquid, so use a tamper if needed to incorporate all the ingredients in your smoothie, or stop the blender and scrape the ingredients together with a spatula, then blend again to mix well.
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{Life Hacks} 7 Ways to Use Frozen Spinach. Easy Recipes and More

  1. Make a Grecian Green Goddess or a Ginger Blueberry Bomb Smoothie of course. Recipes above.
  2. Use it as a ice pack.
  3. Make Skinny Hot Spinach Dip. No oven required.
  4. Defrost it. Saute in pan with a little oil and garlic. Scramble in some eggs. Top with feta cheese. Yum!
  5. Make Spinach & Artichoke Hummus. Pair w/ veggies and dip. Just don’t double dip.
  6. Stir it in to the ricotta cheese mixture when you make your favorite lasagna recipe. The kiddos will gobble it up!
  7. Make more smoothies. Like this Mango Coconut Green Smoothie or this Tropical Green Smoothie.

{Life Hacks} 7 Ways to use Frozen Spinach~Easy Recipes & More!

And, for all you duct tape lovers, I couldn’t leave you hanging. Could I??

{Life Hacks} 7 Fun & Practical uses for Duct Tape

  1. Oven door sealer. Duh.
  2. Make a cute Duct Tape Messenger Bag of course.
  3. DIY Duct Tape Wart Removal. Yes, I have tried this. Yes, it works.
  4. Make a Duct Tape Wallet. Martha Style.
  5. Duct tape handcuffs. Use your own imagination please.
  6. Make fun Duct Tape Storage Boxes for your office. Love this!
  7. Keep food fresh by sealing your opened bags with Duct Tape.

I love hearing from you! Join the conversation and if you enjoyed the post please consider sharing it too! What’s your favorite frozen spinach life hack? Favorite duct tape life hack? Do you ever say bad words when things aren’t going you way???

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Comments

  1. Love how you used spinach in these two smoothies – great way to get the greens in!

    • Thanks Jeanette! I’ve always used fresh spinach in my smoothies, but somehow never thought to use frozen until recently-makes for a frostier smoothie w/o diluting it down with a lot of ice. Go greens ! :-)

  2. Haha! You’re so resourceful! Now I know what to do with the duct tape that’s just been looking rather lonely and sad lately. Gasp! no oven? that would be my worst nightmare. BTW, those pecan bites looks amazing!! Love the addition of hemp hearts to the smoothie as well ;).

    • Oh, I’m SO glad you appreciate my resourcefulness Min :-) Glad you like the Pecan Bites too-they are one of our family favorites. Hope you’re having a great summer!!

  3. Great recipes, but honestly, i’m more impressed with the duct tape usage here! Hope the oven is fixed soon. And I’m not sure whether or not to thank you for sharing the pic of those Love Bites ;-) I want to eat them NOW!

  4. These smoothies look so good! I love having smoothies for breakfast. Hope your oven door gets fixed soon! In the meantime, it looks like you’ll be having fun with your blender ;)

  5. Love both of these smoothies! I think they need to make stainless colored duct tape :) Maybe it’s a good excuse for a new oven? Good luck!

  6. I still need to try hemp seeds. I want to make some sweet bread with the hemp seeds:-) Both of your recipes have unique additions, and sound so amazing and healthy! I hope you are doing well! Hugs, Terra

  7. Haha, I love this post! :) What can’t duct tape fix? Thanks for sharing these recipes, and I hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!

  8. I was without an oven last year, so I feel your pain. But the whole thing blew up (went bang!) so duct tape – clever as this solution is for hanging doors and cursing – wasn’t going to quite do it. But frozen spinach – nutritious green ice – will do it. For smoothies that is. Frozen spinach is less commonly used here in the UK and tends to be in little blocks rather than the better choices you all have in the US,but in this instance being more like ice is probably good! Excellent post, Miss EA. Have a brilliant Fourth of July weekend. :-)

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by Farrah! I don’t have many crafty bones in my body, but, agree-the bag would be super fun to make :-)

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