Five Days of Quart -sized Smoothies

What You'll Need for 5 Days of Quart Sized Smoothies:

1 avocado ($.50-1.00)

1 bag baby spinach ($1.79)

1 ripe mango ($.50-1.00)

1 bag mixed berries, (or blueberries or strawberries or peaches or whatever frozen berries make you zing) 16 oz. ($2.50-3.00)

2 C-1 quart apple juice ($1.00)

1 quart plain yogurt ($1.79-2.00)

1 quart milk ($.50-1.00)

3-4 Tbsp peanut butter (.25)

4 bananas (.50)

Total: $.9.33-$11.54. That's between $32 and $45 per month on homemade whole foods smoothies (Or...$1.86-$2.30/day or $.47-$.58/serving)

[Note on pricing: I could get all these things for the cheaper price at Aldi within the last 2 weeks. However, I also included prices that are Walmart comparable and more realistic for many who don't have access to such an inexpensive store as Aldi. Pick your own farms can be a good source of cheap local berries and Asian stores/markets often have great deals on avocados/mangoes/yogurt] 

The method

1. In 5 separate Ziploc bags, freeze all ingredients except the yogurt, milk, fruit juice, or water. 

2. When you're ready for a smoothie, throw that in the blender with the appropriate liquids.

Note: If using apple juice concentrate (I always do because otherwise my family drinks all the apple juice before it ever makes it into a smoothie), use 1 Tbsp concentrate and 3 Tbsp water for what would have been 1/4 C juice. You can add the appropriate amount of concentrate into your bags of frozen fruit. 

Day #1: Avocado Spinach Smoothie

To freeze:

1  ripe avocado

2 C spinach

1 large banana (broken in chunks)

To blend, add:

1 1/2 C apple juice (or 6 Tbsp concentrate and 1 C plus 2 Tbsp water)

1/2 C plain yogurt

Day #2: Berry Soup

To Freeze:

1 C blueberries

1/2 C strawberries (or just sub some mixed berries for the blueberries and strawberries)

1/2 C spinach

To blend, add:

1 C plain yogurt

1/2 C milk

(This is only as sweet as your fruit, so if you're using sub-par frozen fruit, you can add a bit of honey, sugar, or a Tbsp apple juice concentrate to sweeten it.)

Day #3: The Brown Berry

To Freeze:

1 C berries (peaches work wonderfully too)

2 C spinach

1 banana (broken in chunks)

To blend, add:

1/4 C apple juice (or 1 Tbsp concentrate and 3 Tbsp water)

1-2 C water

Note: This might come out a little sludge colored depending on the kind of berries you use. I realize this can put some kids off, so please note the following:  Red berries = sludgy color; blueberries = purple color, peaches = bright green color. 

Day #4: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

To Freeze:

2 ripe bananas (broken in chunks)

3-4 Tbsp peanut butter

1/2 C spinach (optional--it will turn your smoothie greenish, so if that'll ruin it for your kids, beware)

To blend, add:

3 C milk (I like whole; oh yes I do, but other kinds will work too)

Day #5: Mango Lassi

To freeze:

1 mango, peeled and fruit cut off the bit

2 Tbsp sugar (here's the exception to that no sugar thing; sorry, although seriously, compared to yogurt bought at the store, this is nothing)

To blend add:

2 1/2 C plain yogurt

1 scant C cold water

Note: A quirt of lime doesn't hurt, but if you don't have it, it's not a problem. 

This is what I did to prepare:

1. Measured my fruits in their baggies.

2. Added a sticky note with instructions (a permanent marker would work well too, but I couldn't find one--it's probably in my 2-year-old's dresser drawer or some wonderful place like that)

3. Stuck them in my freezer. 

4. It took me 15 minutes to prepare these and I was taking pictures. 

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