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Broke-Ass Kitchen: Homemade Green Smoothies

I usually don’t mind being a broke-ass, but that was until I got sick as fuck. Coughing, sneezing, dripping… I’m a hot mess and without health insurance or the ability to justify spending $50 on drug store meds, I am stuck drinking tea and hoping for the best.

Sarah’s Poor-as-fuck-Stew is on my list of cheap fixes, and so are some homemade smoothies. Once someone bought me a Naked’s Green Machine smoothies and I have been obsessed since, but not so obsessed with spending $4 a pop. I make my own at home, and have been pouring them into ice cube trays to suck on while watching my Uncle Buck VHS in bed. In NYC, I get the goods for cheap from the corner fruit stands or Essex Market, but buying frozen bags of food from Trader Joe’s is also pretty affordable.

Broke-Ass Kitchen: Homemade Green Smoothies 

Ingredients: 2 cups spinach or kale, 2 cups frozen berries, 2 bananas, 1 cup citrus juice (OJ, Pineapple, etc), 1 teaspoon ginger powder or fresh grated ginger, plus any other fruits you have lying around.
Cost: Around $5 for 4 smoothies.
Time: 5 minutes.
Soundtrack: Real Estate’s Days
The Plan: Add everything into a blender and then blend well. Yup, that’s it! I add a little black pepper and garlic seasoning too. As I said, I usually freeze an ice cube tray’s worth to keep on hand and pop throughout my miserable, bed-ridden day.  For your health! 


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Jill Strominger - Budget Baller

Jill is an Ohio native and Boston University graduate who refuses to stop saying "pop" and wearing her Red Sox gear despite being heckled for doing so since moving to Brooklyn. She's been honing her thrifty ways since doing that silly thing people talk about when they ignore reason to follow their hearts and chose a career in the fulfilling but faltering music industry. She earns her beer money as a publicist and writer, and spends her spare time cooking, biking, and trying to decide if she's ready to get a cat.