Nutritionist always recommends a fruit smoothie in the morning as a good breakfast choice and it’s true. It’s got fruits and milk/yogurt coupled with that a cup or two of water/ice to flush out your system. Yet, being in the city, I’m always rushed in the morning and it’s just easier to buy a smoothie or make my own parfait. But that adds up. Let’s do some quick calculations…
$3.5 (per day) x 5 (weekdays) x 50 (weeks a year minus holidays) = $875
Plus I always get hungry fairly quickly probably because there’s not enough protein, which means by lunch time, I’m always starving and wolf down my meal way too quickly. Recently, I started making my own smoothies at home and it literally takes 2 minutes to make. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs a quick, healthy and low-calorie breakfast on the go.
1. Purchase this brand of personalized blender. I definitely recommend it. It’s super convenient because you simple fill the content, blend and take the whole bottle with you. After you’re done, just wash the container. You can use the container for water throughout the day. The next morning, just repeat and enjoy.
2. I like to buy frozen berries because of a couple of reasons. A. They’re easy to store and requires no prep time. B. When I buy them fresh, I sometimes get rotten ones depending on the time of year. C. Even when I buy fresh ones, I like to wash, cut and freeze them. D. I don’t want my smoothie to be too cold so this allows me to skip the ice and use water instead. The smoothie comes out at just the right temperature; cold but not icy. I also like to add some banana as a sweetener. I also like to buy them in bulk, wait until they’re ripe, cut them up and store it in the freezer with my berries.
3. Purchase a carton of unsweetened almond milk or soy milk. A carton lasts me about 2 weeks. I tend to skip milk because it contains sugar (lactose) and I want to minimize the calories if I can. Almond milk offers the same nutritional values (buy ones that say fortified with calcium) with only a portion of the calories.
4. Purchase a tin of protein powder. I recommend NUTRILITE® Protein Powder. It’s organic and derived from natural soy and milk protein. Milk is actually quite good for you, I just tend to avoid it because of the high sugar content. Milk actually helps keep your skin and hair smooth and soft. It has also shown to help with weight loss.
Okay, now let’s get down to making it!
1 cup of berries (4-5 coin-size pieces of banana optional)
1/2 cup of almond milk
2 scoops of NUTRILITE® Protein Powder
2-3 cups of water (or as much as you want to drink)
Combine everything and blend away!
Now I’m curious. Let’s do a recalculation and compare…
$5 (1 bag of berries per 2 weeks)
$5 (1 carton of almond milk per 2 weeks)
$25 (NUTRILITE® Protein Powder per 2 months)
($5 + $5) x 25 + $25 x 6 = $400 (I save $475 a year, it’s better for me and I know it’s organic and nutritious)