Two of my biggest problems (and my biggest excuse) when it comes to healthy eating, is that it is both expensive and time-consuming. These are facts that are hard to argue with. If healthy food products were cheap, we would not have seen such high obesity figures in countries with high levels of poverty. The fact of the matter is that staples – which are often the cheapest meal options – like pap, rice, bread and potatoes are also often contributors to weight and health issues.
There is also no denying that cooking a healthy meal with enough protein and vegetables is much more time-consuming (and costly) than putting together a quick jam sandwich.
If, like me, you work multiple jobs and try to watch both your weight and your wallet, then smoothies might be a good starting point for your health regime. The smoothies that we have collected are all quick to make and they aren’t too hard on the budget.
For all the recipes, simply pop the ingredients into a blender and enjoy. You can also make a couple of smoothies in advance and keep them frozen.
1. Strawberry and coconut smoothie
• 8 frozen strawberries,
• ½ cup plain yoghurt,
• ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
2. Apple and spinach
• 1 green apple (with skin, cored, and cut into chunks)
• ½ cup frozen spinach
• ½-inch piece peeled, fresh ginger (cut into small pieces)
• ½ cup water
3. Banana and peanut butter
• 1 peeled frozen banana
• 2 tablespoons peanut butter
• 2 tablespoons cocao powder
• 1/3 cup water
4. Chocolate and coffee
• 1/2 cup milk
• 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
• ½ cup chilled strong coffee
5. Orange and banana
• ½ frozen banana
• ½ cup orange juice
• ½ cup Greek yoghurt
6. Carrot, mango and coconut
• 1 large carrot (grated)
• 1 cup frozen mango
• 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut