Frugal How To: Smoothie Recipe For Healthy Meals

the smoothies recipe for healthy foods

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!

how to smoothie

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!  

what is a smoothie


Typically I stock the following:

  • Bananas
  • 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.


The best part about smoothies is being able to use whatever you have on hand.  Spinach from salads that’s about to go bad can add some vitamins to your fruity concoction and peanut butter or flax seed which has a long shelf life can be added for texture.

cheaper than Jamba Juice - freeze extra blueberries

 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?

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    • Shannyn@FruBeautiful says

      It's so funny- for the longest time, I hadn't either though I buy frozen fruit all the time! If you buy fresh fruit on sale, have too much or know you can't consume it before it goes bad- put it in ice cubes with water (or juice) and that way it will add a nice cold slush to your smoothies so you don't have to add plain ice!

      I love being able to score things on sale but I can't use them in time so this really helps cut down on waste!

  1. says

    I love smoothies for snacks, but when I use them as a meal (like breakfast) I find that I'm hungry again in an hour or so. I normally have to add a starch or protein to go along with it. A piece of toast or a boiled egg alongside my smoothie.

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