Smoothies: Frugal, Easy & Good for You!
Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 8:50 am
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!!