The 75¢ Smoothie

 

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I love smoothies – not the yogurt-heavy ones, but the all natural, no sugar added, all fruit goodness ones. I’ve longed for a Jamba Juice in Nashville for ages (super jealous of all of you that have a Jamba Juice!). I’ve been getting my $7 smoothie from a local organic shop who shall remain nameless because no one should ever have to pay $7 for a smoothie (as you can imagine, I don’t buy them all that often). And then it hit me – why am I paying $7 for a smoothie (no matter how superlicious it is)? By the time my husband and I walk out of there, we’ve dropped almost 15 bucks on blended fruit for goodness sake!

Finally, I’d had it. My husband has been wanting to start juicing for a while now and I convinced him that by juicing he’s missing out on all the fiber and much of the nutrition is thrown away. The real reason I don’t want to juice is 1) I’m not a huge fan of green juice and 2) I’m way too lazy to clean all those tiny parts every time I use the juicer. Which will then lead to the juicer sitting on the shelf and never getting used because I don’t want to clean said juicer. You can probably tell I speak from experience.

So, onto my 75¢ smoothie. I went to my local grocer and grabbed every fruit I could imagine might taste good blended up – orange, banana, lemon, kiwi, mango, frozen blueberries and strawberries. Then I grabbed a bunch of kale (because its really good for you and I might as well get my greens while I’m at it) and rushed home. When I added up the savings, my total cost per serving came to – you guessed it – 75¢. No wonder smoothie shops are so popular – their markup is ridiculous!

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Here are some of my favorite concoctions so far – we drink these for dinner several times a week. Each recipe makes 2 servings.

Note: I always add either banana or lemon to the batch because it cuts the kale. Without it, it has a much “greener” taste if that’s your thing. Also, if you’re looking to increase fiber, add the orange peel – cut the bitterness by adding lemon or more berries. Some studies suggest it also reduces bad cholesterol, so peel away!

 

“Tropics on a Budget” Smoothie
1 kiwi
1 banana
1/2 mango
1/2 orange (peeled)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
Handful of kale (about two medium size stalks)
1 big handful of ice
Splash of apple juice (use more if you like your smoothies thinner)
-Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

Budget Berry Smoothie
1 lemon (peeled)
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen)
1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)
1/2 orange (peeled)
1 kiwi
Handful of kale (about two medium size stalks)
1 big handful of ice
Splash of apple juice (use more if you like your smoothies thinner)
-Blend until smooth and enjoy!

 

Apple-Banana Bargain Smoothie
1 apple
1 banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 orange
Handful of kale (about two medium size stalks)
1 big handful of ice
Splash of apple juice (use more if you like your smoothies thinner)
-This one has a thin applesauce consistency, so blend until really smooth and add more ice and applejuice if it is too thick.

 

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