When switching to a healthy lifestyle, you’re not alone if you feel the price of groceries could be the reason you slip back to your old habits. But calories are cheap—and not all are created equal. For your health and happiness, it’s important to find a balance between budget and pantry.

kale cinnamon smoothieimg_4207The easiest solution is to buy in bulk. As a single person, I thought Costco was only for large families of big eaters—you know, the ones who can go through a box of cereal in one sitting—but it was the bags of frozen fruit that changed my mind, and let me eat healthy throughout the year.
Nearly everything (except bananas) in this smoothie recipe was purchased in bulk, making an otherwise expensive breakfast blend, something you can enjoy any time. I estimate I made two servings for about $2.40. Try ordering this recipe at a smoothie shack—you’ll pay 5 or 6 times that per serving!

When you make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, you will find yourself reaching for the same ingredients often, so just commit to the 5 pound bag of frozen blueberries or the 3 pounds of chia seeds. You’ll save money and fill your pantry with the great ingredients your next recipe will call for.



  • 3-4 stocks kale
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup water

*You may choose to substitute with almond milk or skim milk to cut on fat or to accommodate dietary restrictions.

*If using both fresh blueberries and bananas, throw in a handful of ice cubes to chill. Or, pour smoothie over ice.


Load all ingredients into blender. Blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.


Meghan Rodgers is the EverybodyCraves.com food editor. Reach her at 724-822-6613 or mrodgers@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, recipes and more at everybodycraves.com.




Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.