Making green smoothies on a budget is easier than you might think. M y husband and I have been trying to get healthy as well as stick to a budget. These two things, sadly don't go hand in hand. They aren't even friends. That is when I decided that we would give green smoothies a go. Using frozen fruits and veggies, bulk dry ingredients and shopping sales I have been able to save money while eating so much better.
|Some of my staples for making inexpensive, vitamin packed smoothies.|
We are a pretty typical meat and potatoes family. Pasta or some other carb-laden side with every meal. Kids that won't touch vegetables with someone else's fork. Takeout a few nights a week because we are all exhausted by the time dinner rolls around. Actually, I was exhausted all the time. To the point where I went to my doctor, pleading for help. I felt like I was no longer a functioning part of society. I went to work, dragged through the day, took a nap during my lunch and counted the minutes until I could climb into bed. This was no way to live. My doctor told me to eat healthier and exercise. No duh. I guess, like everything else lately, I wanted an easy button. With no magic pill in sight, I decided that I needed to help myself, so I started researching.
Basically, what I found out was: If you are going to treat your body like garbage, you are going to feel like garbage. My dad had given me a relic of a "smoothie machine" from earlier in the millennium that I thought would fossilize along with my cupcake maker and quesadilla machine, but alas, it may be just the relic that changes my life. It is definitely not a Vitamix, but it more than does the trick.
I went to the closest grocery store and picked up a big bag of frozen berries, a bag of frozen spinach, bananas and some almond milk. I already had peanut butter and chia seeds. Let the journey begin!
Being we are doing this for meal replacement (breakfast and lunch), I want to make sure that my smoothies have enough calories, fat and protein to sustain me.
These are my staples for making at least 4 different types of smoothie:
Frozen berries Frozen spinach Frozen collard greens Almond milk Coconut Oil Natural Peanut Butter Old fashioned oats Quinoa (soak it before you add it) Chia seeds Bananas
Some other things I like to use once in a while:
Cinnamon Vanilla extract Fresh ginger Honey Fresh greens Frozen tropical fruits Dried fruit
The possibilities are endless. The smoothie can be as simple or as extravagant as you like. Since I started, I have gone to Costco and bought bulk of the things I found that worked for me.
My favorite smoothie is a blend of pineapple and kale using coconut oil as the fat. Sometimes I'll throw in a banana and a few ice cubes. It tastes like a tropical drink. Just add rum...err quinoa. That's it, quinoa. No rum here, move along people.