Smoothies: Frugal, Easy & Good for You!
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Smoothies: Frugal, Easy & Good for You!

Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 8:50 am
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These days, smoothies are everywhere. Specialty smoothie shops are popping up on street corners left and right as customers are demanding a delicious drink that not only fills them up, but can easily be grabbed on the go. Unfortunately, just like cafes serving coffee, buying smoothies in a specialty shop can cost a pretty  penny. Sometimes selling as high as $4-$5 each, making the choice to buy a smoothie on a regular basis can put quite a dent in your pocketbook. Luckily, smoothies are an easy thing to make at home with all-natural ingredients!

Of course, every smoothie needs some good fruit as its foundation. Frozen fruits are usually much more affordable than fresh fruits, last longer, and are really optimal when blending up a smoothie. Another great idea is to keep a close eye on your fresh fruits at home. As soon as they start to look like they could be going bad in a day or two, cut them up, put them in a Ziploc or storage container, and stick them in the freezer. That way, when you want to make a smoothie, you’ll have a variety of fruits on hand. Plus, you won’t be wasting money by tossing out old fruit.

Some smoothie recipes call for items like fruit juice, yogurt or ice cream to thicken it up. If you are looking to make your smoothie as healthy as possible, you want to be sure to choose options low in sugar and fat. For example, use nonfat yogurt instead of ice cream to make your smoothie nice and creamy. When choosing your fruit juice, make sure to check the sugar content. Of course, you can usually make a smoothie with just fruit and ice. You can add banana to thicken up your drink.

Some shops add “boosts” of vitamins or minerals to your smoothie for added nutrition. This is something you can easily do at home. Buy fiber or protein supplements in powder form and toss it in your smoothie. You can also add wheat germ for some added zinc in your diet. Looking for a boost of iron? Add some kale or spinach to your smoothie. The fruit and juices should mask most of the taste of the leafy greens. The possibilities for your smoothies are truly endless!!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.