If you’re looking for a healthy diet for cheap the key I’ve found to make it easy to have a healthy meal you must find a good smoothie recipe!
So, how to make smoothies that fit a budget and ease the waist line? Easy. Throw whatever you’ve got in a blender- especially the stuff you wouldn’t eat whole (I’m lookin’ at you spinach!) and call it a smoothie!
Curious on how to smoothie your way into a slimmer figure, higher energy level & finally make breakfast a habit? Read on my brothas & sistas- I will show you the way to make a healthy diet for the broke, busy & veggie-hating person in literally under a minute!
Why You’ll Love Smoothies:
- Smoothies take 60 seconds to prep & blend- easy.
- Most of the ingredients can be frozen for a longer shelf life.
- Ingredients can be bought in bulk.
- You’ll finally be able to eat the leafy greens, seeds & oils without suffering!
- Use up whatever veggies & fruit you have on hand to reduce waste.
- Easily make breakfast a habit- grab & go or sip while you work!
- Effortlessly get your 5 fruits & veggies a day without having to plan ahead.
- Smoothies help you lose weight by filling you up with nutrients, not empty calories.
I’ve never been able to make healthy habits stick before. I would always start with good intentions- spending money on stocking the fridge with fresh fruits and leafy greens. Any time things got busy I’d reach for the quickest meal options, leaving the fresh stuff to languish in the crisper.
For over a month I’ve had a smoothie for breakfast every day and sometimes, for lunch or a supplementary snack.
In one month of drinking a smoothie for breakfast, I’ve been able to go through my veggies without wasting them, have cut my grocery bill down and yes- my waist line too!
What’s in a smoothie? Whatever I have on hand!
Typically I stock the following:
- Whole Carrots
- Leafy Greens: Spinach, Kale, or Bok Choy
- Berries- Frozen or Fresh: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries
- In Season or On Sale Extras: Mango, Kiwi, Pom Juice
- Yogurt or Kefir (Fruit flavored Kefir is pourable and easier for lazy me!)
- Juice: Veggie or Fruit, whatever’s around!
- Fancy (non-essential) Supplements: Flax Seed, Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil, Wheat Grass.
How To Keep Your Smoothies Frugal:
- Not all “organic” is created equal. Soft skinned berries are more prone to pests and thus pesticides. If you remove the skin, skip the organic label and save some cash- see here for a list of what to buy organic.
- Stock up on berries when they’re on sale. Freeze what you can’t use in little ice cubes for convenience.
- When bananas turn black freeze them- they’ll add an icy slush and not go to waste.
- Skip the fancy tumblers and bullet blenders- use what ya got and when it’s a habit, reward yourself with something snazzy but don’t spend up front.
If you’re looking to get healthy and can’t make it stick or you think you don’t have time to get your fix of 5 fruits + veggies a day, can you spare a minute and throw some stuff in a blender?
I cannot believe the success I’ve had at making breakfast a habit and improvement this simple change has made in my energy levels and the way my jeans fit! Do you have any tips for making smoothies? What do you love to sip on?
Also- check out my friend Jeff’s site: HealthyBreakfastSmoothies.com