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How To Make A Super-Healthy Smoothie For Less Than $3 A Serving

January 30, 2018
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It’s easier than you think to make super-healthy, interesting smoothies without spending a ton of money. While superfoods and adaptogens are a ton of fun and can be a great help in treating specific health ailments, simple, low-sugar ingredients are more than enough to make a satisfying, nourishing smoothie. Here are my favorite tips for budget-friendly, healthy smoothies:

  1. Use the bulk section of stores for add-ins like chia seeds and nuts.
  2. Always add an inexpensive source of protein and healthy fats to make your smoothie a complete meal. I love using nut butter and siggi’s dairy because it is a good source of protein and lower in added sugar.
  3. Feel free to pass on expensive powders and "superfoods." "Ordinary" smoothie ingredients like berries, nuts, and yogurt have plenty of nutritious benefits and are inexpensive and widely available in most stores.
  4. Add a handful of spinach to pretty much any blend. I promise you can’t taste it! It’s always great to add an extra boost of veggies to any meal.

Here are a few sample recipes that incorporate these tips. They’re less than $3 a serving and will keep you full through lunch!

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Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

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Serves 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 container siggi’s 2% coconut yogurt
  • Optional: ½ tablespoon cacao nibs
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Method

Add ingredients to blender. Blend on high until well-combined and creamy. Add more almond milk as needed for desired consistency.

Coconut Kale Green Smoothie

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Serves 1

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 container siggi’s 0% vanilla yogurt
  • 1 handful each kale and spinach

Method

Add ingredients to blender. Blend on high until well-combined and creamy. Add more almond milk as needed for desired consistency.

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Alexandra Aldeborgh
Alexandra Aldeborgh

Alex is a private practice registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food and nutrition blogger in Boston, MA. She uses her blog and Instagram Daisybeet to share easy, inexpensive meal inspiration and nutrition and lifestyle information. In her spare time, Alex can be found getting creative in the kitchen, pursuing fitness goals, or exploring the city.