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Jour 35: Produce: the one thing it's OK to spend lots of money on


Fruit is sexy!

I recently came across this great post on Brip Blap with some tips for how the author lost like 100 lbs. (Not that I want to lost 100 lbs, but I do want to be a healthier sort of person and his advice is pretty solid.)

Anyway, one of his points is that You cannot – I repeat, cannot – spend too much money on your health. And this goes along with one of my age-old shopping rules, which is that I'm allowed to buy as many fruits and veg as I want even if they aren't on my budget.

One of the mistakes I keep making, however, is getting very enthusiastic in the produce department and/or farmer's market, buying lots of beautiful, interesting produce... which then sits in my crisper (or on my kitchen table) until it wilts and rots and gets all smelly.

- flickriver.com

Why are those oranges so big? Why are her feet so small?
Where can I get a pair of boots like that?

Enter: FROZEN PRODUCE. Well, you can buy it frozen or just buy fresh stuff and freeze it. This works well with my kind of scattershot menu planning where I think of like, three meals I can make, buy ingredients for all three, and 2/3 of the ingredients go bad before I get a chance to cook them.

The challenge: MY FREEZER IS REALLY SMALL. So, I need to plan proportionately.

I've also been inspired by the Brip Blap piece to try out having smoothies for breakfast. I just bought a blender (you may have noticed that my old-skool shopping counter has reset itself, this shopping trip is why). But here's the thing: the blender is a special tiny apartment-sized smoothie blender that cost $29.99. And I figured that having it on my counter where I can see it will make me use it more. Also, it's super-easy to use (kind of like a ripoff of the Magic Bullet style, where you can drink right out of what you've mixed it in). If I was attempting this with my bulky, hard-to-clean food processor, I'd probably give up right away.

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I would probably also give up if I had to carry the fruit in a bowl on my head, while topless.

Anyway. I'm starting off with smoothies I know I'll like - containing frozen strawberries, bananas, vanilla yogurt and chocolate almond milk. Eventually I'm going to try adding some vegetables (i.e. carrots or spinach or something), but only after this has become a habit.

Is this frugal? Actually, kind of yes. Fruits and vegetables are always cheaper than anything else in the grocery store. And I bought real frozen fruit, not those bags of smoothie powder where you just add water.

What about you guys? Any tips for a smoothie newb?

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