How to Make a Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie
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I’m going to start highlighting some foods that are fairly inexpensive and are very good for your health. Today’s focus is on the green smoothie.  Every day I start my morning off with a delightful green smoothie. At first I was repulsed by the idea (and the look!) but after I got down the art of making them, I was addicted. There’s nothing to help detoxify your cells and brighten your day than a green smoothie! Green smoothies are fairly inexpensive to make, and pack a huge nutritional punch.  They may look funny, but they don’t contain any unpronounceable ingredients.

Green smoothie recipes are simple to me: pick any leafy green you want, throw some fruit in (normally not more than two-three like fruits), add some water and ice, and blend.  I like to keep my fruits in the same “family”, like mango, pineapple, strawberry, or orange, banana, and kiwi.  I think it makes the smoothie taste better.  I try not to add too many different fruits because sometimes it is hard to distinguish the flavors of the fruits.

One of my favorite things about making green smoothies is that they save me money and food waste.  If I’ve got some bananas that are about to go bad, I toss them in the freezer to save for a smoothie. When I buy the 1 pound spinach from Costco, I wouldn’t be able to use it up if I didn’t make green smoothies.  That’s a lot of spinach!  You can throw pretty much any fruit or veggie into your green smoothie, which helps reduce any food waste and helps keep your body healthy.   I’m also pretty lazy in the morning, so throwing ingredients in the blender and mixing makes me happy.  Easy peasy!

Ingredients

-Greens. Any type of greens will do, but my favorites are spinach and Swiss chard.  They are very mild, and if you don’t use too much, you can’t taste them in the smoothie.

-Fruit. We buy a large bag of frozen strawberries from Costco just for making smoothies.  We also go crazy buying bananas that are almost brown and discounted in the store and freeze them.  They taste great!  Basically, any fruit will do.

-Ice. If you aren’t using frozen fruit, you’ll want to add in a handful of ice.  I don’t like drinking warm green smoothies.  😉

How to make a green smoothie

Blend a handful greens with a cup of water in your blender.  Make sure you blend it until it looks like green water.  Throw in a banana (or whatever fruit you choose).  Blend until smooth.  Add in frozen strawberries and pulse.  Blend until incorporated.

At first, I would add in very little greens.  Then you can gradually work your way up to more greens.  Greens are fabulous for your body because they contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, are good sources of calcium, magnesium, and folic acid; and help detoxify your body.  Fruit is full of antioxidants and tastes yummy.

Green smoothies are inexpensive, so healthy for you, and a great way to reduce food waste.  Give them a try!  You’ll be glad you did.

Have you heard of green smoothies?  Would you try them?

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Natural Deodorant Recipe- How to Make Deodorant


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Have you ever wondered how to make deodorant? I have, and decided that I would come up with a recipe that would work better than just putting baking soda on my underarms. I wanted something that felt more like real deodorant.

Store bought deodorant contains many ingredients and fragrances. After using my homemade deodorant for so long, I can’t stand the smell of perfumey deodorants. Also, there’s a bunch of controversy about aluminum in deodorant being linked to breast cancer. I like to err on the side of caution. I figure it can’t hurt to use homemade deodorant.

Also, your body is meant to sweat to release toxins, so anti-perspirants really aren’t that great.  Just use a little deodorant and you’ll be smelling like roses all day!

Ingredients

-6 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
-1/4 cup Baking Soda
-1/3 cup Cornstarch
-1/4 teaspoon shea butter or cocoa butter
-10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Directions

Heat the coconut oil until you can stir in the shea butter or cocoa butter. Once these are incorporated, add in the dry ingredients and the essential oils. I like to use lavender essential oil because it smells so good! You could also use lemon, sweet orange, or patchouli. Use whatever you like! That’s the fun of making your own deodorant.

When the mixture cools, you can put your homemade deodorant in an old deodorant container or in a tub and just scoop some out with your fingertips. I reused an old Trader Joe’s deodorant container.

You may have to store the deodorant in the fridge in the summer, because the coconut oil may liquefy. Use caution. 😉  Also- I like to put mine on right when I get out of the shower.

What kind of deodorant do you use? Are you concerned about aluminum in deodorant?

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Frugal Haircuts At Home

Picture this: Mr. Money sits down, ready to get a haircut from his talented frugal wife (me), and out comes the camera.

“…what are you doing with that?!” He asks.

“I want to take a picture of you, honey.” I reply.

“Why?! You aren’t going to bl… you’re going to blog about this, aren’t you?”

“Do you really think that I would- ok, yeah.  I am going to blog about it and I need a before and after picture.”

[blank stare from Mr. Money]

Without further ado, I present to you, my husband, victim recipient of a $0 haircut, done by me!

Here’s what he looked like before, rocking the skater/punk/too long hair:

And here’s what he looked like after:

I’ve been cutting his hair for a few years now, and I’m pretty proud at how good I’ve gotten.  I can only imagine how much money we’ve saved on haircuts over the years!

What’s your preferred method of haircut: at home or by a professional?

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