Grocery Deals & Frugal Recipe: Fruit Smoothies

(Note: Each week Frugal Townie and I, in a combined effort post the Grocery Deals Round-Up and a Frugal Recipe that goes right along with the current deals.)

Last time I shared a Four Cheese Vegetable Lasagna recipe, because there were a lot of great prices for vegetables at Checkers and Aldi.

This week…

Stock up on fruit!!  Here’s a recipe that goes right along with Frugal Townie’s Round-Up for the week of March 7th.

These are the items on sale for this week’s Frugal and Healthy Recipe:

– Grapefruit- $0.29/ea @ Aldi (or take ad to Checkers)
– Grapes (Green)- $1.00/lb @ HyVee
– Kiwi Fruit- $0.99/ 16oz @ Aldi (or take ad to Checkers)
– Mangoes- $0.78/ea @ Checkers
– Oranges-  $1.48/bag ($0.37/lb) @ Aldi (or take ad to Checkers)
– Peaces/Plums/Nectarines- $0.29/ea @ Aldi (or take ad to Checkers)
– Strawberries- $1.29/16oz @ Aldi (or take ad to Checkers)
If you go shopping today, Bananas- $0.19/lb @ Checkers




Most of the time I make smoothies, I don’t follow a recipe. My Basic Recipe:

– fill the blender halfway up with frozen fruit (this is how I freeze fresh fruit)
– add 3/4 c. yogurt (either nonfat plain yogurt or low-fat vanilla yogurt)
– add 1/2 – 3/4 c. milk (I never measure; I’ve just done it by eyeing it. Sometimes, after blending it a bit I’ll discover it’s too thick and add more milk.)


For Fruit: It’s so much fun to play around with fruit combinations. My motto is the more variety the better!! One of my favorite mixes recently has been strawberry, pineapple, and blueberry with vanilla yogurt and milk. Pretty simple, but LOVE the pineapple in it! I call it my Red, White, and Blue Special!!


Tip: You can freeze yogurt in ice cube trays and once frozen, put it in the ziplock bags with frozen fruit. Great to use when the yogurt is near its expiration date!


Add whatever you have on hand

Lately, I’ve also started adding other ingredients to my smoothies, such as old-fashioned oatmeal (about 2 small handfuls), ground flax-seed (1-2 Tbl.) or coconut. It just feels like the smoothie is healthier that way!


Make it GREEN

Here is a Green Monster Smoothie we really enjoyed!




1 banana (I use a little less because I think banana overwhelms other flavors)
4 or 5 strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 small peach or plum
1 heaping cup spinach
3/4 c. yogurt
splash of milk

It turns out a little green (if you don’t want it so green add more blueberries and/or blackberries. The red fruit will hide the green):

Let me know what smoothies you like and enjoy!





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