Cheap Smoothies 1: Healthy Ginger Cake (Frugal Full Meal Green Smoothie)

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I have been wanting to cut my food shopping bill down for a while now so when I saw an opportunity to take part in the Live Below The Line project I jumped at the chance.  This involved living below the poverty line for 5 days and making extremely frugal meals.

I made this smoothie on Day 1.  You can read all about it complete with my costings for each meal.  All my costings are in British Pounds, but whatever country you live in, this smoothie is very cheap and will also give you a complete healthy balanced breakfast.

Cheap Smoothies Ginger Cake Full Meal Green Smoothies 1If you are going to drink green smoothies regularly you may notice that the ingredients can end up costing a fair bit.  You have to pay for all types of different exotic fruits, different types of dairy free milks, expensive nuts, flavourings and fresh greens which all add up.  Once you’ve bought all these ingredients and made yourself a great healthy green smoothie, you may be dismayed to find that you are hungry again within an hour and have to think of another healthy filling breakfast to make to see you through until lunch time.

With this smoothie, not only is it extremely frugal, but it’s a very balanced healthy meal and it will actually fill you up and keep you going until your next meal as it contains oats.

I have just used a few simple ingredients chosen for their nutrition and cost, bananas (usually the cheapest fruit, filling and naturally sweet), frozen spinach (usually cheaper than fresh), flaxseeds (one of the cheapest seeds), and basic rolled oats.  I blended this smoothie with water.  The oats make it creamy enough so you won’t miss the milk.

You can read all my Live Below The Line posts here: How I’m going to live below the poverty line for 5 daysWhat food I bought to Live Below The Poverty Line and Day 1 Living Below the Line:  Finding out what true hunger really meansDay 2 Living Below the Line: Why eating unrefined food is essential on a budgetDay 3 Living Below the Line: Why eating vegan food is cheaperDay 4 Living Below The Line: Why Variety is the Key to HealthDay 5 Living Below the Line: How to plan cheap healthy meals.


Cheap Smoothies 1: Healthy Ginger Cake (Frugal Full Meal Green Smoothie)

  • Author: Katherine Kyle
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Total Time: 2 Minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blender


  • 1 & 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
  • 4 tablespoons Flaxseeds (Use Ground Flaxseeds if you don’t have a powerful blender) OR Cashew Nuts
  • 5oz Frozen Spinach (140 grams (About 3 cubes) or about 1 cup of fresh spinach) OR if you run out of fresh greens, add 2 scoops of Amazing Green Powder for an extra healthy green boost.
  • 3 small Bananas (Frozen bananas will keep the smoothie cool.  )
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 & 1/2 cups Water


  1. Blend the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. If you are making a green smoothie blend the greens and liquid first and then blend the rest of the ingredients. This creates more space in your blender.
  3. Add more water if required to thin it out.
  4. Substitute any of the ingredients for whatever you already have.
  5. If your smoothie is too warm, you can cool it down in the fridge or freeze some of your ingredients before blending.
  6. You can also replace half of the liquids with ice. Add the ice at the end. It is better to add frozen ingredients at the end to cool the smoothie down.


This smoothie serves 2 but if you have an active job, do work outs or have higher calorie requirements you may need to drink both servings.


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If you are new to Green Thickies and have more questions about making the perfect green thickie, please read this guide on How to make a Green Thickie.  Or read this guide on How to make a smoothie perfect every time.

Find out more about adding OATS or QUINOA to your smoothies.

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Suitable for Special Diets: Gluten free (Use GF Oats or Quinoa), raw (Use raw oats/quinoa), vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, egg free, refined sugar free, wheat free, soya free (don’t use soya milk), salt free (don’t add salt), nut free (replace nuts with sunflower or pumpkin seeds. This doesn’t include coconuts)

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  2. Best recipe. I will make it. Thank you for share. I will Subscribe and hope more great recipes.

  3. Jenny$1983 says

    I’m making this for my breakfast tomorrow, I can’t wait! I love fresh grated ginger (so cheap for a big chunk), and of course frozen bananas, and oats blended together, so this is pretty much my ideal smoothie :)

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