Did you know that when you boil or steam vegetables anywhere from 20-50% of their water soluble vitamins can leech into the water they are being prepared in? This means those vitamins get poured straight down the drain or simply evaporate into the air!
Of course that still leaves 50-80% for you to eat and thats still awesome! (especially considering that frozen pizza contributes close to none!) But I just couldn’t make myself settle for those numbers!
What in the Heck are Water Soluble Vitamins?
You’ve heard of water soluble vitamins before, maybe just not by that name. These vitamins are pretty common and very important! For example, vitamin C and all the B vitamins (thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, biotin, folic acid etc) They are named water soluble because they dissolve in water and are thus absorbed very quickly by your body! However, they cannot be stored and therefore must be consumed often!
One of my all time favorite bloggers, Ashley Diana, posted a blog not too long ago explaining how she makes green tea ice cubes to add antioxidants to her smoothies! What a great idea!!
I used the same idea to make Veggie Vitamin Ice cubes from the water my vitamins had leeched into during cooking! Just pour the water that you used to boil your veggies into a ice cube tray and pop it into the freezer, DONE! Frozen vitamins, ready to go for smoothies the next morning!
One side note, these ice cubes do retain some of the taste of whatever veggie they came from so if you like a lot of ice in your smoothies, do half regular ice (Or half green tea ice cubes!) and half veggie ice!