One of my favorite things this summer has been fruit smoothies. Tyler and I have them several times a week and I haven't gotten sick of them yet! I don't eat a lot of fruit in it's true form, so this has been the most ideal way to get enough fruit in a day. The best part is that I can make them exactly how I want and the ingredients can always be different. Some favorite ingredients (in any combination):
-fruit (I buy the berry mix from Walmart)
-a little orange juice OR almond milk
-a spoonful of greek yogurt
-handful of spinach leaves -- the best part of this is you can't taste it at all!
-couple teaspoons of ground flaxseed (the health benefits of flax are endless and it really is a delicious addition to anything)
If you follow my facebook page, you might have seen that I posted a picture from another blogger who had frozen fresh fruit in individual bags to be used in fall and winter, when fresh fruit is much more expensive. I thought this to be a brilliant idea and in typical "danielle" fashion, I ran/drove to Market Street (Land of Fresh Produce and Fruit) ASAP on Monday to find some great fruit to freeze myself. I like doing things myself and I like saving money (although Tyler is not convinced I saved money since the fruit bags I get are typically only $3.88) so this was a perfect activity for me.
This was my final count after shopping:
-2 pints of blueberries at $1.97 each
-2 pounds of strawberries at $4.77
-one pineapple at $3.99 (I thought that was expensive, but I wasn't in the "shop around" mood)
-6 peaches at $1.87 a pound
-spinach at $3.24 a large box
8 freezer glad containers (which I'm not including in the price count since I needed these anyways)
the total cost for my homemade fruit smoothies was $18.97 and I made 8 tupperware containers (and had 1 peach, 8 strawberries and a cup of blueberries leftover) -- I figure each tupperware container will make two smoothies, so I can get 16 smoothies out of $19 worth of fruit. Now that I'm talking it through, I realize that with the 1 pound bag of fruit I get from Walmart, I think I get 3-4 smoothies out of each bag. Anyone else with me? The cost is the same. (crickets chirping, husband beaming with pride)
Maybe if I was a better scavenger and found cheaper fruit I could have saved more? yeah, probably. aw shucks. But now I really have no excuse to walk in Walmart, so that's exciting. And my little activity was fun, I guess.
I hate it when my husband is right.
But I managed to take pictures, so enjoy!
I'd love other ideas about what else to make smoothies out of-I'm always up for some variety!
Hope you're having a great week--I've been looking forward to my Thursday night yoga class all week and I'm so glad it's finally here!