Budget Smoothies

Smoothies may seem like a luxurious breakfast, especially when smoothie joints charge you $5+ for a serving. However, at home, they can be a cheap, easy way to nourish yourself in the morning or as an afternoon snack.

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One of my favorite aspects of regularly doing smoothies is that it can be an excellent way to prevent food waste. When I accidentally buy bananas for an army one week, I freeze the ones that are too brown for me or Ella to want to eat. If there are a few sad strawberries that get a little on the mushy side, instead of tossing them, I freeze them to use later in the week. Freezing your fruit first gives a creamier texture to your smoothies without having to use ice. I find ice waters down the smoothie. A blended morning beverage is also a great place to use up the excess spinach or greens you have lying around but can’t bring yourself to eat another salad.

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Pro tip: lay your peeled, slightly brown bananas on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour, then store in a freezer bag. This will help prevent your bananas from all sticking together in one big frozen clump. ALWAYS peel your bananas before freezing.

I will often lay out all the ingredients we need in little cups/bowls and let Ella dump in what she wants. She always dumps in everything I lay out. This is one of her favorite meals to help with, especially pushing the food processor button.

I like to add mix ins like collagen peptide protein powder, chia seeds, flax seed meal, and almond powder, but these are totally unnecessary, and below I will show you how to make a delicious smoothie on the cheap.

Budget Smoothies

Ingredients

1/4 cup yogurt (we use almond milk yogurt-optional)

1/2 c milk (we use almond, oat, or coconut)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 frozen berries or other fruit

1 T peanut butter or nut butter of choice (optional)

small handful fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender. We also make them often in our 2 cup mini food processor, which works well.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. May add more milk if smoothie is too thick, or more yogurt/fruit if smoothie is too thin.

 

 

 

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