I try to eat healthy but often fall off the diet wagon. Therefore I thought I’d share a couple of my cheap tricks and try to motivate myself again. One thing that the children and I love are smoothies but we all know those at Costa are full of sugar and are very expensive. Therefore we make our own which are much cheaper. I can make enough for all of us for the price of one in Costa.
I now freeze fruit that I find in reduced aisle as freezing the fruit then blitzing them in my vitamix makes them taste the same as a costa smoothie. I will often pop a banana in the freezer in the evening and use it for breakfast the next day to accompany our breakfast. I have also noticed that frozen fruit is so much cheaper than fresh fruit. Therefore I will buy frozen berries to make smoothies. Tesco have a range especially designed for smoothies, they are 100% fruit and no added nasties however it is even cheaper to just buy a bag of frozen fruit that have not been labelled as for smoothies as it is cheaper still. Tesco do a mango fruit bag which is lovely and refreshing for the summer.
My favourite two recipes are
1. One banana, cold water, ice and blackberries. I will blitz it and this makes a good smoothie for breakfast for Chloe and I.
2. The second recipe I like is some natural yoghurt, frozen berries and milk. This makes a much thicker shake and is ideal as a full breakfast.
These recipes ensure that I am on track to eating my five a day.
Instead of drinking the smoothie they can be put in a lolly mold and frozen for an after school snack. This is how Erin prefers to get some of her fruit intake. You can vary the recipe and use vegetables too, which I struggle to get the older two to eat.
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