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How We Save Money by Taking Snacks to Work & Ready-Made Breakfast Smoothie

August 23rd, 2008 at 03:53 pm

I was talking to a friend yesterday about how I make smoothie "kits" for my husband's breakfast in the morning. He is usually rushing and this is a very fast and easy to carry breakfast that he likes. It doesn't cost much and I have made them up to a few days in advance.

I put everything, but the ice cubes, in a large empty yogurt container that I've labeled "Smoothie". I usually put it together in the order that I have written the recipe down, if you put the sugar in first, it will stay at the bottom of the container, etc.

Smoothie Recipe
1 whole fruit (I usually do a banana cut in 2 pieces or some pieces of canned peaches.)
1/2 cup of milk (I sometimes use reconstituted powdered milk, but you don't notice because of all the other ingredients.)
1 cup yogurt (I use flavored yogurt, either strawberry or peach usually.)
2 tablespoons sugar

Put 4 ice cubes and the smoothie "kit" into the blender. Blend on high until smooth (perhaps 30 seconds). You're good to go.

Enjoy!

I have also gotten into making snacks for my husband to take to work so that he won't visit the snack machine as often. It saves money and is good for his health. Here are some of the things I have done:

*Cut up an entire stalk of celery ($1.36) and put into snack-sized tupperware containers, sometimes with baby carrots. He takes another small container of ranch dressing.
*Make brownies, cut into pieces, wrap in syranwrap and freeze. He can take one and it'll thaw at work.
*Cut a cake into pieces and put into small tupperware containers.
*Put almost anything such as jello, pudding, applesauce, etc. into small tupperware containers, it's much cheaper than buying it already done!
*Chips and homemade salsa
*He also keeps a large box of microwave popcorn at his desk. He's become known as the "popcorn guy" because he eats quite a bit of this. Smile

I hope this might help gives ideas to others. I'd love to hear any of your suggestions! My husband has a microwave and refrigerator available to him at work.

Thanks!

2 Responses to “How We Save Money by Taking Snacks to Work & Ready-Made Breakfast Smoothie”

  1. sillyoleme Says:

    Hmmm... the small tupperware for taking apple sauce & stuff sounds like a good idea. We only have the sandwich-sized tupperware, so it makes it kind of weird to load it up with applesauce. I'll be on the look-out for some small ones.

    Thanks for the smoothie kit recipe too... although we don't even have a blender right now! They sound delicious though, and if they'd keep me from eating breakfast or snacking at work, and are convenient to make in the morning (I'm always rushing)... the blender would pay for itself in a week or so! Smile

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I take those single servings of peanut butter crackers to work. They are loaded with protein which gives me a good kick of energy and since I buy a package of 8 at Dollar General, they are way cheaper than getting them from the vending machine. The smoothie thing sounds wonderful, but I cannot eat any milk products. I also take a small container of vitamins with me to work to make sure I get my vitamins at lunch time. I check the sales ads for food that sounds like it would be good together (like vegetables, rice/pasta, and chicken, for instance) and make up a pot of soup or something. I have several microwaveable containers and I put some of it in those. The rest I put into Reynold's Handi Vac bags and freeze them. The bags are really airtight and the food does not get frost bite. The following week, I will make a different dish to mix it up so I am not eating the same stuff all the time. Depending on how much soup I make, I could have enough for a week or two of lunches. I take one out of the freezer and put it into the fridge. When it is thawed, I put it into my lunch box with a piece of fresh fruit, a bottle of tea, and peanut butter crackers. Away I go with a frugal lunch and snack for the day! Big Grin

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