Flashback to middle school when I was absolutely positive I’d own a smoothie shop when I grew up. My favorite way to start a day has always been with a smoothie, especially in the summer time. If you go through frozen fruit like I do, it can get pretty pricey.
I’ve become an expert at finding the best deals on frozen fruit. I was originally picking up frozen fruit at Whole Foods but quickly realized I was only getting 10 oz worth of fruit for more than $4 as compared to 12 oz worth of fruit from Trader Joe’s for less than $3. My local Trader Joe’s even has a 24 oz bag of sliced mangoes (amazing). I know there is some debate about pricing/what’s best, so if you’re looking to save $$ do some investigating based on where you live.
Another money saving suggestion would be purchasing the fruit when it’s cheaper (aka in season) and freezing it. My local Whole Foods was having a 2 for $10 sale on 32 oz cartons of strawberries so I stocked up and froze them. I love strawberry season.
Moving on. If you have some gut issues or are simply looking to get some more probiotics, I love putting Lifeway Kefir into my smoothie. There’s a relatively high amount of sugar in each serving, particularly the flavored ones, but I think it’s worth it for a healthy tummy. If you’re concerned with the sugar content, go with the plain flavor (it tastes great) or use 1/2 a cup (half a serving) and splash in 1/2 a cup of Califia almond milk.
Pro Tip: I’ve only tried plain and blueberry kefir but was pleasantly surprised to find that blueberry tastes like a go-gurt. Major throwback to my childhood.
- 2 heaping teaspoons of ground flax seed
- ½ cup Lifeway Kefir (I used nonfat plain)
- ½ cup almond milk (I used Califia Original)
- 1 cup frozen mangoes
- ½ cup of whole frozen strawberries
- ¼ cup of frozen blueberries
- Combine ingredients into your blender and mix.
- Enjoy with granola or as is.