You don’t need to drop a lot of money at a health-food store to make a drink that is very good for you — chances are, you have what you need in your kitchen already. Here, the alterna-ingredients that deliver more nutritional bang for your buck. Check these Six Swaps to Cut Your Smoothie Cost In Half
Cacao Nibs → Cocoa Powder
Unsweetened cocoa powder delivers the same flavor and hefty dose of magnesium, which helps your body produce mood-lifting serotonin.
Goji Berries → Frozen Blueberries
Blueberries have brain-boosting polyphenols and anthocyanins, which can slash heart attack risk. Frozen may have more nutrients, as they’re iced at peak ripeness.
Chia Or Hemp Seeds → Ground Flaxseed
Flaxseed is packed with phytochemicals, omega-3s, and fiber that can help lower cholesterol — all for around $5 per 1 lb bag. Go for ground, as it’s easier to absorb.
Superfruit Powders → Kiwifruit
Pricey powdered baobab and camu camu are praised for their sky-high levels of vitamin C. But just one kiwi packs more C than you need in an entire day.
Coconut Oil → Peanut Butter
Coconut oil isn’t cheap, but you can find a jar of organic PB, full of healthy fats, protein, and vitamin E, for less than $5. Plus, peanut butter makes everything better.
Green Powders → Fresh Greens
A bunch of spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, or parsley costs just a few bucks and delivers plenty of antioxidant vitamins like A, C, and K, with no weird fillers.