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

Ingredients:
• 8 frozen strawberries,
• ½ cup plain yoghurt,
• ½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Source: Buzzfeed

2. Apple and spinach

Ingredients:
• 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

Source: Buzzfeed

3. Banana and peanut butter

Ingredients:
• 1 peeled frozen banana
• 2 tablespoons peanut butter
• 2 tablespoons cocao powder
• 1/3 cup water

Source: Buzzfeed

4. Chocolate and coffee

Ingredients:
• 1/2 cup milk
• 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
• ½ cup chilled strong coffee

Source: Dailyburn

Chocolate Babnana Smoothie.

5. Orange and banana

Ingredients:
• ½ frozen banana
• ½ cup orange juice
• ½ cup Greek yoghurt

Source: Dailyburn

6. Carrot, mango and coconut

Ingredients:
• 1 large carrot (grated)
• 1 cup frozen mango
• 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Source: Helloglow

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Enrique Grobbelaar

Enrique is the eternal entrepreneur: his first venture was selling off his parents’ household goods at bargain prices to their neighbours at age seven. All other endeavours thus far have been entirely above board.

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