Smoothies

At our house, we love to have homemade smoothies in the Summertime. Not only are they yummy and refreshing–especially on a hot Summer day!–but they can also be quite frugal. Yes, really, smoothies can be frugal!

Almost any kind of fruit can be used in a smoothie, but berries are especially good. During the Summer months when berries are in season and plentiful, the sales on them are usually abundant. Buy a little extra each week and wash, chop, and freeze them to have for later and you’ll save a bundle and stock your freezer with a nice variety of berries to use in smoothies for a few months to come.

I like to spread the berries on baking sheets after I’ve washed and chopped them and then stick them in the freezer until they are frozen. Once frozen, I transfer them from the baking sheets to freezer bags. This method prevents all of your berries forming into one big clump in the freezer bag and makes it much easier for you to get out a cup or two at a time to add to your blender for a smoothie.

Bananas

Another fruit which is a must-have in smoothies is bananas. Our stores sell bananas which are past their prime for a very reduced price. I buy these up and we eat what we can the first day and then chop and freeze the rest to use in smoothies and banana bread. This is a much more cost-effective way to add bananas to your smoothies and you can’t tell that a banana was a bit overripe if it is in a smoothie!

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Since I love experimenting in the kitchen, I find smoothies to be a great way to use up some of those odds and ends of produce from the refrigerator and freezer. From that little bit of leftover juice or yogurt which wasn’t used for breakfast the day before to the spinach from the garden which you have in abundance, almost anything can go into a smoothie so long as you put enough other things in it to “hide” it!

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The other day, I used the items pictured above to whip up some strawberry smoothies: some of the YoBaby yogurt, frozen strawberries, milk, and some Santa Cruiz juice.

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I always begin by adding in the frozen fruit and any fresh fruit, then yogurt or milk, and then liquids (either milk or juice). I add more liquid if needed and sweeten it with honey or sugar if it needs it (most of the time, we don’t add sweetener as the fruit is plenty enough!).

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And the girls just gobble it up!

We love strawberry smoothies, but another family favorite is our Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe which is posted here. I made it up on a whim one day and we all decided it was a keeper! If you’re a little more adventuresome, you might also try Green Smoothies. We’ve made these before and no one seemed to even notice the spinach in them!

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Would you like to try your hand at making smoothies? Just for fun, I’m giving away a Smoothie Kit on my blog today complete with yummy smoothie recipes, a small Hamilton-Beach blender (shown above), and Bone Health t-shirts.

May was National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month and the Milk Bone Health Program was going to give away this kit then, but since I had a baby in May, I’m a little behind here. But I thought it’d be fun to still give away this kit–especially since it’s a wonderful time of year to be making smoothies.

To enter to win this Smoothie Kit, just leave a comment on this post in the next 24 hours. I’ll randomly choose a winner once this giveaway is closed.

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The girls, enjoying their smoothies and sporting their “I {love} strong bones” t-shirts.

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Comments

  1. Carla says

    We love smoothies, and buying them from those smoothie places can get expensive fast!!!! Thanks for the tips and for the giveaway.

  2. Letty Casey says

    What a great giveaway. I’d love to enter it’s not too late. Love your blog, you are truly an inspiration.

  3. Kristi says

    Manking smoothies is one way to get fruit into my kids. I cna even sneek in a vegetable now and then which makes it even better.

  4. Krystal says

    My daughter (and the whole family) loves smoothies so much that she has requested them for two birthday in row. Sadly our blender is on it’s way out. Mommy would love to get a free one.

  5. shannon says

    I’ve always wanted to try smoothies but we don’t have a blender, and it doesn’t make the cut for the budget. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Emiley Rios says

    Thanks for the ideas! I’m not much of a breakfast eater but I know how important it is to have. Smoothies are a great substitute. And thanks for the ideas on freezing fruit. I never thought about freezing bananas.

  7. Kristi says

    I do something called a Green Smoothie. My 2 year old loves them bu the 4 yr old and Daddy do not. I need to try something a little sweeter for them. Thanks.

  8. Joan says

    I have been planning to look up a green smoothie recipe all week. Going to try it out at my moms this week. :)

  9. says

    Smoothies sound delicious! I can’t think of anything better with 90 degree temps already this morning. :)

    Thanks for the tip on freezing the fruit. I will try that to avoid the massve hunk of fruit I have gotten in the past.

  10. Margaret says

    I feel silly for saying this, but I have never even THOUGHT of making smothies for my family. But, wow….what a great idea! Like you said, you can pack them pretty much full of anything and they are a yummy, easy-to-make treat. I also love the idea of slicing up bananas that are about to “go bad” and freezing them for later use. Again, thanks for the great ideas!

  11. Geeta says

    Hi
    Thanks for the chance to win a blender. V don’t have one n so use the one at my friends house(can b awkward tho”). I have found 5.5 lbs bags of frozen berries during the summer at $3.99/bag which I think is a good deal n one bag lasts for a while, too.

  12. Angie Blanchette says

    Thank you for all the GREAT tips you give us moms. I am new at this couponing, frugel life style but I am loving it. I must say it is alot of work and kind of mind boggeling at first. I read your site first thing everyday. Thank you!

  13. Talia says

    I’m going to take your ideas and start freezing fruit and making smoothies at my house!!

  14. Kathy Scott says

    Thank you for the GREAT smoothie recipes!
    I enjoy reading your site, it is a big help.

  15. Carrie says

    My husband loves smoothies! He uses frozen strawberries instead of any ice. The frozen bananas are a great idea. Thanks!

  16. Frances says

    Found your blog today and love it! I cannot wait to make the peanut butter banana smoothie!!

    Great giveaway, too!

  17. Pauline says

    I tried to do smoothies for breakfast but i am no where near as creative as you all, i was following directions and they were calling for things that i had never heard of!
    Pauline

  18. Sarah Wagner says

    We also love smoothies! One of our new favorites: vanilla yogurt, frozen banana, Tang, and milk. “Mum! Mum!” is what my 1 1/2 year old says!

  19. Risha says

    I love smoothies but don’t make them very often because my blender is wearing out. Would love to try out a new blender!

  20. Stephanie says

    Smoothies are great and thanks for the tip on freezing the fruit. I hadn’t thought of that.