Smoothies are healthy, nutritious, delicious, fun to make, relatively easy and quick to prepare, and depending on what is added, can be filling too. They can also be enjoyed even if you’re on a budget. Here are a few ideas.
Do it yourself
Store-bought smoothies are so much more expensive than making your own. What you’re paying for is the effort to make them, which you can do yourself. What you’re paying for is the sourcing of the ingredients that go into them. You can do that too. You’re also paying for the convenience, but it really doesn’t take that long to make a smoothie, and the more you make them, the quicker it takes.
Prepare your own smoothies. They’re easy to make. It also means you’re in control of exactly what goes into them. For budget-friendly smoothie recipes, have a search through the Pocket Change Gourmet site.
You don’t have to buy a NutriBullet or a smoothie maker. They’re great, but you can use an ordinary blender to make your smoothies. They’re way cheaper. Some blenders are high-end, but all you really need is a simple one. You’re likely to already have a blender in your home. You can also use a hand blender if you already have one.
The only time you’ll need a less simple blender is if you want to add things like ice to your smoothies.
For smoothies, it’s cheaper to buy the fruits and vegetables you’ll need from a farmer’s market than a store, so if you do come across one, jump on it. It’s also just nice to go somewhere where there’s lots of lovely fruit and veg – where the person you are buying from is the person who grew it.
With budgeting in mind, if you do happen to come across any good/discount deals on produce for your smoothies, jump on that too. Buy them in bulk and freeze them.
Think about growing some of the fruits and veg you need, especially the more expensive ones or the ones you’d rather were organic. Some are actually quite easy to grow, and some don’t need that much space – you just need containers.
Superfoods are very nutritious and expensive. However, there are ways to still use them without leaving much too much of a dent in your wallet. You could look out for special deals in health-food stores, especially online. When you find a deal, buy in bulk; they’ll keep for a while if stored in a cool dry place.
Smoothies can be a really enjoyable, delicious, and clever way to pack in the nutrition your body needs. And it’s affordable too, so don’t let your budget stop you. There are ways to work with what you have, make it work for you, and still enjoy all the nutrients smoothies have to give. So go out there, get your ingredients, and get to living the smoothie life.