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13 Genius Ways to Use Up Fruit That’s Going Bad

Look around your kitchen right now. Odds are you’re seeing bananas getting too brown, apples getting too soft, and strawberries slowly shriveling, right? Well, suppress your instinct to throw away food that’s just teetering on rotten.

Even if your fruit is starting to look unappetizing, it can still serve a purpose! Try using near-spoiled fruit in these 13 creative ways and rest assured that you, sir or madam, are an eco-hero. Congratulations.

Face Masks

We live in the day and age of the face masks; as one of the biggest beauty trends of the moment, there’s a face mask for all your skin wishes and woes. But why spend the cash on these masks when you can make your own right in your kitchen? Raw fruit has more tricks up its sleeve than you might think.

For example, papayas have amazing exfoliating properties, avocados prevent signs of aging, tomatoes help skin glow, and oranges reduce acne. Who knew, right?

Those are just a few examples of what DIY fruit masks can do for you complexion, but these masks (especially the tomato/lemon mask) might be our favorites.

Polish Silverware/Shoes

Dingy silverware or scuffed shoes? There’s a simple way to bring their shine back: a banana peel. It sounds weird, but we promise it works.

Peel a banana and take all those stringy bits off the inside of the peel. Then rub the inside of the peel on your dull shoes or silver. Buff with a cloth and you’ll see a shine like no other, plus a pleasant banana smell as a fun bonus.

Make Smoothies

So your shoes look fly and your silverware is gleaming, but what are you going to do with that peeled banana? If it doesn’t look good enough to eat right then and there, try throwing it into a smoothie for all the same flavor and nutrients, minus how gross it feels to eat an overripe banana.

Here’s a great recipe to get you started:

  • 1 overripe banana, chopped
  • ½ beet, chopped
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 ounces dairy-free protein powder
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ice cube

If you don’t have time to make that delicious smoothie rn, cut the banana in half, put it in a plastic bag, and freeze it. You can use it for tomorrow morning’s smoothie instead!

Granitas

A granita is a frozen treat that’s like a snow cone, only boozier. All you have to do is blend or juice your going-bad fruit, stir in a little alcohol to keep it from freezing completely, and pour the mixture into a shallow, wide container. Place the container into the freezer and use a fork to break up the icy areas every hour or so.

The end result should resemble a shaved iced treat perfect for parties or just cooling off on a hot day.

Fruit Jams

Making homemade jam might make you picture a Stepford Wife, but it’s actually a simple and delicious way to put your rotting fruit to good use. One of our favorites? Apple jelly, which you’ll want to spread on anything you can get your hands on. Better yet, these little jams make rad gifts for your friends and family.

And if you’re not a fan of apples, then you have to check out Serious Eats’ epic guide to fruit spreads.

Conditioning Hair Treatment

The only thing currently trendier than a face mask? A hair mask. Your complexion isn’t the only thing that could use a fruity refreshing every now and again, your strands need TLC, too.

If dry, winter air is getting your hair down, then you need this moisturizing strawberry hair mask — it’s especially perfect for anyone rocking their natural curls.

Garbage Disposal

Nothing gets smellier faster than your garbage disposal. But thankfully, any and all citruses you might be looking to toss are your DIY solution!

Down your stinky sink, pour a half cup of baking soda, some vinegar, and then half of a lime, lemon, or orange. The baking soda and vinegar will react with one another and clean the disposal, while the citrus will leave behind an amazing, clean smell. If you’d rather eat that citrus, feel free to use peels to get the job done.

Breads and Muffins

What better excuse to bake than your ingredients starting to go bad? Adding chopped fruit to a baked good is a brilliant way to use up your produce and upgrade your breads or muffins.

Worried that the poor quality of your fruit will undermine the dish? Try giving the fruit a quick grilling first, which is a great way to give the fruit (and, by association, your baked goods) a deeper flavor.

Crumbles, Crisps, and Cobblers

It doesn’t get better than sugar-coated fruit surrounded by brown sugar crumbles or doughy pie crust. You can use pretty much any fruit imaginable to create an impromptu cobbler, crisp, or crumble, and it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Make Potpourri

This might sound like something only your grandma makes, but don’t hate until you’ve tried it. Potpourri (like homemade jam) makes for lovely presents and if you want to keep it for yourself, you’ll be surprised how well this mixture can make your home smell heavenly.

Adding lemon rind to potpourri is the perfect way to perk up any room. Take a handful of spices (such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, or nutmeg) and dried natural materials (such as seasonal flowers or pinecones). Then arrange them in a bowl along with the lemon rind. If you want even more of a boost, sprinkle with scented oils like orange or lemon.

Fruit-Flavored Booze

The perfect way to use fruit before a backyard party or BBQ? Soaking it in alcohol, obvi.

You can steep frozen or fresh fruits in liqueurs like brandy, vodka, or rum and get double the delicious; your alcohol will develop an irresistible fruit flavor and snacking on that fruit at the end of your drink? Let’s just say it will be the most fun you ever have eating a peach slice.

Homemade Ice Cream

Yep, you can make super-creamy ice cream with avocados that aren’t quite at their peak anymore. The fruit is sodium and cholesterol-free, low in calories, and loaded with vitamins and minerals, so it’s as good for you as it is freakin’ delicious. This avocado pistachio ice cream recipe is perfect for after-dinner indulgence.

With all those benefits and amazing flavor, it’s more like nice cream, amiright?

Homemade Pasta Sauce

Don’t have much of a sweet tooth? Rest assured, you can use those browning avocados to make a savory dish that’s just as creamy and delicious.

Try puréeing ripe avocados with garlic and lemon juice, then tossing with hot pasta. Game changer, right? You can also add chopped tomatoes and a little cheese for extra flavor. You’ll never buy canned tomato sauce again.

 

Do you use your rotting fruit in a different clever way? Share your brilliance with us in the comments section below.

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How Wearing Flip Flops Can Get You A Free Smoothie

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Sometimes, we usually get grief for wearing flip flops all throughout our daily activities. There’s no way we would have imagined our adversity to tying shoe laces could get us anything, much less a free drink.

In honor of National Flip Flop Day (Yeah, it’s a thing), Tropical Smoothie Cafe is giving away a free 24-oz smoothie to any guest seen wearing flip flops. The drink of choice is Jetty Punch which features strawberries and bananas.

The giveaway will be available June 19 from 2-7pm. Tropical Smoothie Cafe will also be taking donations for Camp Sunshine, an organization that helps children with life-threatedning illnesses and their families.

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Jamba Juice Debuts New Energy Bowls, Basically Smoothies You Can Chew

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Jamba Juice is rolling out a new line of Energy Bowls that is sure to appease their regular smoothie loving customers. The new line up features revamped versions of old favorites, such as their Acai Bowls, as well as brand new options. The new Energy Bowls features a blend of whole fruits, soy milk, and greek yogurt topped with an assortment of toppings and fresh fruit. According to Brand Eating, the new menu currently offers six different bowls:

– Acai Berry Bowl – a blend of Acai (pronounced “ah-sah-ee”) juice, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, topped with fresh bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, plus sliced almonds and honey.

– Acai Primo Bowl – a blend of Acai juice, soymilk, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas and blueberries, coconut, sliced almonds, and honey.

– Berry Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, soymilk, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas and blueberries, and a mixed berry drizzle.

– Chunky Strawberry Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, strawberries, banana, peanut butter, and soymilk, topped with organic granola plus fresh banana and strawberries.

– Mango Peach Bowl – a blend of Greek yogurt, mangoes, peaches, bananas, and soymilk, topped with organic granola, fresh bananas, coconut, and a passion fruit drizzle.

– Tropical Acai Bowl – a blend of Acai juice, soymilk, mangoes, and peaches, topped with fresh pineapple and banana, plus sliced almonds and coconut.

In conjunction with the new menu’s launch, Jamba Juice is offering a coupon on their website for half off any Energy Bowl through September 22.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Grab a Free Fresh Squeezed Juice at Jamba Juice on August 6

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Who: Jamba Juice
What: Free made-to-order 12 oz fresh squeezed juice to promote the chain joining the juicing bandwagon
Where: All participating  Jamba Juice locations
When: Wednesday, August 6

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Buy One Get One Free at Jamba Juice This Weekend

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Who: Jamba Juice
What: Buy one get one free on all smoothies and juices with this coupon
Where: All participating Jamba Juice locations, check to see if your local Jamba Juice is participating here
When: Now through Monday, May 25

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Jamba Juice Peach Pleasure & Banana Berry Smoothies $2.99 All Month

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Just in time for Spring Jamba Juice is launching their smoothie specials once again. Throughout the month of April the chain’s Peach Pleasure and Banana Berry smoothies will be a cool $2.99, which is good news for us here in SoCal since we’ve got a heat wave on the way.

Both flavors are part of Jamba Juice’s classic smoothie menu. Peach Pleasure is described as a blend of peaches, bananas, a peach juice blend and orange sherbet while Banana Berry features apple-strawberry juice, strawberries, blueberries, nonfat froyo, raspberry sherbet, and bananas.

You don’t need a coupon for this deal, just tell the cashier you want the “smoothie special”. The promotion ends April 30. To find out if your local Jamba Juice is participating in this promotion check out this list of locations.

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Jamba Juice Offers $2 Smoothies Every Morning This Week, Knows You Won’t Wake Up For Them Anyway

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You told yourself this summer would be different, didn’t you? You’d wake up with the sun and give up coffee and take your dogs on morning hikes, all before breakfast. And hey, if this deal had come out around early July, you probably would have taken advantage of it, at least for a few days. But no, it’s August, so feel free to just turn over and go back to sleep.

Apparently Jamba Juice is offering any 16-ounce smoothie for only $2 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. all this week, starting Monday August 12 through Friday August 16, at all participating locations, no coupon necessary. Which, you know, would be awesome, if you didn’t spend last week in Vegas and weren’t expending all your precious energy just to wake up in time for work without looking like a total homeless person. Come on JJ, don’t you know “summer mornings” don’t start until at least noon?

Just kidding, you’re a big kid now and you’ll probably be at work by then. But wasn’t it nice pretending you still had the luxury of sleeping in? Oh, the good old days.

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JambaGo: Self-Service Jamba Juice Is On the Way

Jamba Juice is now heading into the self-service industry as a means to grow into a global brand by reaching untapped markets with JambaGo. According to James White, Chief Executive of Jamba Inc., the main potential venues will be elementary and secondary schools who are looking for new ways to incorporate more healthful items to the lunchroom. A JambaGo “Wellness Station” will dispense several pre-blended smoothies in a space that’s roughly the size of a soda fountain.

Newly designed smoothies that are lower in calories and sugar to meet mandated school nutritional standards will also be available. There’s no word yet where the first JambaGo station is going to launch, but I wish one of these was available when I was in school!  Kids have it too good these days…

[via nrn.com]