I know there are a lot of smoothie recipes out there, you can literally add anything to a smoothie. It is a good way to get more fruit and veggies in your diet. You can add your favorite fruits and I know people add spinach and kale and different supplements to make it really healthy. I want mine to be healthy and budget-friendly.
I like to keep things simple, if you’ve read any of my other articles you know that I love recipes that only have a few ingredients. That is why I love this Super Simple Smoothie Recipe. There is no packet to buy or ice to mess with. It’s just 4 simple ingredients and then you can modify it however you want.
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Super Simple Smoothie Recipe:
1/2 cup yogurt, I use vanilla, you could use plain or any fruit flavor you like
1/2 cup milk or soy, almond, rice, whatever you want to use
Add any other fruit, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, pears, whatever you have.
If you don’t have an expensive Blendtec Professional Grade or Magic Bullet Smoothie Maker, then use your blender. I learned a secret about using a blender, put your liquids in first. Add the milk and the yogurt, then break up the banana and put in your berries. The blender works better when the liquids are at the bottom first. The solid fruit doesn’t get stuck at the bottom so you don’t have to turn it off and dig it out. I only have a blender so I deal with this issue all the time.
How I keep it budget-friendly:
To keep it budget-friendly I usually only buy fresh berries when they are in season. In the summertime, there is an abundance of fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries at really great prices. Where we live we have blackberries growing wild all around us, they are kind of a nuisance but it’s great when the berries are in season towards the end of summer. We pick blackberries for everything, smoothies, pies, ice cream syrup. We live kind of rural so it’s easy to find huge bushes that have not been sprayed or contaminated.
In the winter I don’t buy fresh berries, I buy seasonally and berries are really expensive in the winter. Read my article 25 Tips to Make Your Fruit and Veggies Last Longer and another good one. Simple Shopping Changes you can make to Save Money where I talk about buying seasonally to save money.
So in the winter the best deal I have found is the large bags of frozen berries from Costco. I’m not telling you to buy at Costco but this is the best deal I’ve found and the quality is great. The berries are frozen individually so it’s not a big frozen blob and the berries are huge. It is organic and the price per ounce beats anything I could find at grocery stores. Bananas are the same price year-round as well as yogurt and milk.
That is the Super Simple Smoothie Recipe, now you can go crazy with anything you want to add to it. Use your imagination, you could add some protein powder or ground flax, sneak in some spinach when your kids aren’t looking to get a little extra iron in their diet. You decide what you want to add to your smoothie.
You might like my Copycat Orange Julius Recipe where I add extra Vitamin C.
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