The DIY Life: Living Frugal and making your OWN Smoothie Base!

22 Oct

Ever since I made the decision to watch what I was eating, exercise and finally shed this excess weight gain (damn you homemade and craft beer with all your deliciousness!!!), I have attempted to have healthier “snacks” or dessert options. After I got my cardio done for the day, I was enjoying a Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie from the freezer section. Now, $2.38 for a little bag of frozen berries and some chocolate yogurt chunks is kinda pricey as an almost daily treat. Especially when I’m sharing it with the hubs. Then I decided I could totally do it better and CHEAPER!

If you are a fan of smoothies, this is a great way to have a ready-made “mix” where you just add some milk, blend, and off you go!

I chose to purchase fresh berries because they were *shocker* cheaper than the already frozen. If you wanna skip that step and just buy frozen, go for it, but you just can’t beat sale berries! I’m going to buy up some raspberries and freeze them too into this mix to get a big boost of nutrients from all that red berry goodness!

Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie Base

Ingredients/Directions

2lbs strawberries – rinsed, cored and larger berries cut in half/quartered

1 large container vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

Ice cube trays

waxed paper

rimmed baking sheet

Take a piece of wax paper and line the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. Spread your strawberries in a single layer.

For the yogurt, spoon it into ice cube trays. Before stacking the trays for freezing, put a layer of saran wrap in between to keep the trays from getting messy. Freeze for 2 hours along with your baking sheet of strawberries.

Once items are frozen, toss into a gallon size freezer bag or freezer safe container.

To make a single serve smoothie, take 3 yogurt cubes, a handful of the strawberries and add to blender. Add a squirt or two of chocolate sauce, about 1/2 cup milk for a thick smoothie and blend until combined.

Voila! For $10 you get at least 16 smoothies. The frozen prepackaged kind? Double that!

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2 Responses to “The DIY Life: Living Frugal and making your OWN Smoothie Base!”

  1. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy October 22, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Great idea!

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