Once you get a hang of drinking green smoothies everyday, You pretty much have a standard basic recipe that you stick to. For the past 3 years my go to recipe has been Spinach, Pineapple and Coconut Water. It didn’t matter what fruits or vegetable I had on hand, I automatically had these ingredients available for my smoothies. If I felt like being adventurous on any particular day , I would throw in some green grapes or some clementines or even a kiwi, but Pineapple was always a mainstay in my smoothie. Not only is Pineapple loaded with Vitamin A and C, fiber, potassium, and calcium. They are also the cheapest fruit you can buy frozen, compared to other frozen fruits. So if you are on a budget , Pineapples are the best bang for your buck. The cheapest that I’ve been buying them at Whole Foods are $1.69 a bag which is pretty cheap considering an actual pineapple would cost at least $2.50.
When it comes to the greens I do fresh or frozen, Fresh taste better but frozen organic is better on the pockets. I tend to rotate between Kale and Spinach every other week depending on where I’m shopping that week, the price tend to vary from $1.99 to $5.00. As far as Coconut Water I use it for the added vitamins and nutrients it provides , but when I’m out I do use water (preferably Alkaline) if not I use unsweetened green tea store bought or home-made. So far, the most reasonable price I have found coconut water has been Whole Foods 365 version at $2.99 a bottle and unsweetened tea for $1.99 at Trader Joes.
If you tally all that up, you have several batches of green smoothie well under $10.00. Keeping my smoothies simple has allowed me to eat and drink healthy but also stay in budget. Instead of the morning drive thru I now drink a smoothie for breakfast with some fruit or yogurt as a morning snack. I won’t sit here and tell you that it last me till lunch cause it doesn’t, but what fast food meal does either? There are many ways to make the smoothies hearty to last you a few hours without having to subject yourself to junk food or fast food. Adding an avocado, nuts , raw oatmeal or even yogurt can up the fiber or protein content. If you’re into seeds and are looking for the added benefits that flax seeds, chia seeds and hemp seeds provide you can also add those too.Once you have a basic smoothie recipe down pack, experimenting on what flavors or add-in you like is the fun part.
Peachy Pina Colada Green Smoothie
- Big handfuls of Spinach/ Kale (Fresh or Frozen)
- Pineapple (Fresh or Frozen)
- Peaches (Fresh or Frozen)
- Coconut water
Berry-Tastic Breakfast Smoothie
- Raspberries(Fresh or Frozen)
- Blueberries (Fresh or Frozen)
- Protein Powder of your choice or Raw Oatmeal
- Almond milk
Cold Brew Green Tea
- Organic Tea of your choice
Pour 16oz of water for each bag of tea in a jar or pitcher. Let sit in the fridge for 3-4 hours till you notice the difference in the water color.