Are you paying $5 dollars a smoothie? That adds up if you want to get your nutrients everyday. I only paid $1.63 for this smoothie.
I love smoothies. They are a great way to fill up with some nutrients when you are in a hurry. I have one everyday either at school or work when I don’t have time to sit and eat.
This smoothie is a great intro to smoothies since it has a generous amount of fruit while your taste buds adjust to green vegetables and less sugar. Work your way to 60% vegetable 40% fruit for the smoothie in order to get more benefits from your smoothie. From there you can try it with even more veggies and with just water for fewer calories. If I want to have it as a treat I love adding a date to make it sweeter because it is a unrefined sweetener.
Your taste buds will change over time and you will enjoy less sweet foods and have fewer sweet cravings. At least that is what has happened with me. When I decided to quit artificial sweeteners it was tough since I like it in my daily coffee but I now enjoy it without sugar.
When buying fruit, buy what is cheap since that usually means it is in season. I caught the season before it ended in early august and went blueberry picking out in Chesterfield, Virginia. I am used to blueberry season being late august since we used to go berry picking all the time growing up in upstate New York. Strawberries were first in june followed by raspberries and blackberries, August came blueberries and fall we had apples and pumpkins.
I love having frozen blueberries in my smoothie especially since they only cost me $2.09 a pound! I still have some two months later. You can substitute any fruit you want in this and you can also change up the green leafy veg from kale to spinach to collard greens.
- ¾ cup (177ml) almond milk
- ½ (50g) frozen banana
- 2 (20g) frozen strawberries
- 1 (16g) cup kale
- 1 date (24g) , pitted
- Place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth.
It cost me $1.63 for the ingredients in this recipe. According to myfitnespal it has roughly 270 calories. This smoothie is much better than anything you can buy bottled up since fresh juice deteriorates quickly so you really want to consume it within a few hours at the latest. They are also full of preservatives and usually aren’t very healthy.
Lately I have been adding hemp protein as an alternative to whey and soy based protein powders that may contain artificial flavorings and preservatives. Otherwise I sometimes add ground flax seeds that are chillin’ in my fridge or a tablespoon of chia seeds.
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