Strawberry Mango Smoothie with Banana

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Make your own smoothies to save money, eat more healthfully, and bring convenience to your own home.

Strawberry Mango Smoothies

Ever since I was in college, the siren song of the smoothie bar has been strong for me. Even after we bought a pretty heavy-duty blender, I found myself tempted to go get a smoothie rather than make one at home.

Kinda silly, really. Smoothies are so easy to make, and so much better for you when you make them with fruit and other real ingredients.

That was the deal breaker for me. That’s what made me break up with my smoothie bar: realizing that they put junk in their smoothies and called it good.

Yes, there are lots of sweeteners and other things added to smoothie ingredients. The Whole 30 taught me to read labels more carefully. That makes it easier to make things at home.

This Strawberry Mango Smoothie with Banana totally hits the spot.

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Making smoothies yourself.

My 16yo son is a smoothie-making aficionado. He loves our Smoothie Station and pesters me when we run low on ingredients. Kinda nice when I want to make one for myself!

Smoothie-making is very simple provided you have a blender or a food processor. Over the years we’ve had an Osterizer, a Magic Bullet, and a Ninja. And I’ve used the food processor to make smoothies as well. All work just fine in my mind.

Making smoothies cheaper.

We stock our Smoothie Station with frozen fruits and yogurt that I find on sale. I estimate that the cost of one 16-ounce smoothie is about fifty cents to a dollar, making it a very economical alternative to commercially prepared smoothies. Plus, it doesn’t have the junk.

diy-convenience-150This is part of the DIY Convenience Foods series. Browse the archives for more recipes that you can make better and cheaper at home.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Kerry says

    Jessica – did you ever end up getting a “power” blender? My beloved Oster finally lost its oomph. When I was at Costco ready to purchase the same blender again, the Ninja sang its sweet siren song. I bought it, brought it home, and let it sit in my pantry while I mulled if it was “too much” blender for me. (I already have a food processor that gets little to no use). Finally I removed that bad boy from its packaging and gave it a go. All I could say was “wow”. My smoothies were SO much better! Everything blended so quickly and consistently – I didn’t have random sized chunks. I loved my Oster, but I REALLY love the Ninja!

    • Nope. We just have the Osterizer and the Bullet right now. I’m glad to hear that you liked the Ninja, though. How fun!

  2. christy b says

    I make my picky child a smoothie every morning. Honey greek yogurt, banana, almond milk and flax seed. That is my
    base smoothie then either add strawberries and or I add chocolate.

  3. Dawn says

    This sounds amazing! Just wondered if there is a particular product you use to store the smoothie in if you freeze it.


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