We all love a good healthy smoothie!
But if you’re on a budget, you might be on the lookout for ways to make smoothies without adding expensive superfoods or exotic overseas kale varieties.
Not to worry – I’ve got you covered.
Here are some simple tips for making smoothies that are nutritious and delicious, but still affordable.
Stick to wholefoods
Smoothies with superfoods are awesome!
But they aren’t the only way to enjoy healthy smoothies!
The best base for any smoothie is wholefoods – foods that are minimally processed and full of nutrition.
When it comes to smoothies, your wholefood staples should include some of these below:
- Nuts and seeds (including nut and seed butters)
- Herbs and spices
- Wholegrains such as oats and quinoa
- Plain full-fat yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
These foods give you the biggest nutritional bang for your buck.
So you’ll be getting the healthiest smoothie for a more affordable price than pills, powders and processed foods.
Use seasonal produce
Seasonal produce is usually the cheapest option, because there is an abundance of it!
So make the most of it, and tweak your smoothie recipes to include plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables.
In winter, citrus and leafy greens make a delicious smoothie, while also helping to support your immune system.
Throughout summer, you can add in tropical fruit such as mango and pineapple to keep you hydrated on hot days.
As the weather around Australia varies quite a bit across all of the states, what’s seasonal for some parts might be just out of season for others.
For example, Queensland has grapes available throughout spring and summer, but Victoria has them through the summer and autumn months.
Not sure what’s in season for you?
You can check out this handy Seasonal Food Guide for your city and state’s seasonal produce list.
Buy your dry ingredients in bulk
Do you include ingredients such as chia seeds, oats or cacao in your smoothies?
You should consider buying them in bulk to drop down the price of your frozen smoothies over time.
There are plenty of bulk food shops popping up (and existing) where you can buy your dry goods in bulk.
Most are zero-waste and encourage you to bring your containers to store your goods in.
But even buying ingredients at the local health food store or supermarket will generally be cheaper if you buy a large amount once, rather than many small amounts of the same product.
If you have the freezer space, you might also like to buy in-season fruit such as berries or mango in bulk and then chop them up and pop them in the freezer.
This is so you enjoy them and have your favourites handy for making smoothies in the colder months!
Include herbs and spices
When it comes to flavour, nutrition and price, herbs and spices are some of the best ingredients to reach for when you’re buying your smoothie ingredients.
Because you only use small amounts of herbs and spices, they generally aren’t too bad price wise.
You may only use a few cents worth of herbs in each smoothie!
Most herbs and spices can also be incredibly nutrient-dense which makes their benefit to price ratio pretty awesome too.
Herbs and spices are packed with a variety of antioxidants, and many are also good sources of vitamins and minerals.
Herbs and spices are also one of the healthiest (and easiest) ways to make your smoothies taste delicious too.
When you’re looking to keep your smoothie prices low, dried herbs and spices are usually more affordable and obviously last much longer.
But if you do find some fresh herbs on special, grab them, chop them and freeze them in an ice cube tray with some water.
The same goes for spices – if there is fresh turmeric or ginger at a bargain price, slice them up and pop them in a container or sandwich bag in your freezer to keep them for when you need them.
Want an affordable smoothie base option?
Each Super Cube frozen smoothie cube comes in around 90 cents and it takes usually 1 to 3 cubes to make a smoothie.
If you’re using the ingredients above, one frozen smoothie cube might be enough to do the job to give your smoothie an extra spread of ingredients, nutrients and flavour too.
Or, if you can’t be fussed with shopping for ingredients you could just use the Super Cubes by themselves with water!
The easiest way to find out what works for you is to do the math (so you can work within your budget), then look at your ingredients and finally, start making your smoothies.
In time you’ll work out what’s good for your back pocket and your taste buds too!