Today we are so fortunate to have a guest post from Kristl at The Budget Diet. This lady is one of a kind in her grace and elegance in presenting information on how to detox your spending habits and save money in a less-than-burgeoning economy.

Out of convenience, you rush into the grocery and grab some sort of packaged prepared food to simplify meals. Your choices sound healthy…hummus, granola bars for the kids, and a bottled smoothie.



Take a moment and read the list of ingredients – corn syrup solids, glycerin, dyes… yikes!

Did you really just spend $4 on a single serving smoothie?

Are you sacrificing health for convenience?

Wouldn’t you feel better knowing what you’re putting in your body?

Your wallet and your body are begging you to cook, and you’ll have no more excuses with these frugal and fast recipes! Each recipe requires less than 10 minutes of prep.


  •     1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
  •     ⅓ cup olive oil
  •     4 cloves garlic, minced
  •     1 tablespoon lemon juice
  •     salt, to taste
  •     Combine garbanzos, olive oil and garlic and lemon juice in a food processor – puree until smooth.
  •     Add salt if desired.
  •     Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.


Granola Bars 

  •         2 cups quick-cooking oats
  •         ½ cup dark brown sugar
  •         ½ cup honey
  •         ½ cup peanut butter or almond butter
  •         ¾ cup raisins, craisins, chocolate chips, nuts or whatever you like. 
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Press into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for about 18 minutes or until light golden brown.
  • Cool 5 minutes and cut into bars.
  • Cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container


 Fruit Smoothie 

  •         1½ cups frozen fruit (Costco sells large bags of frozen strawberries and other frozen fruit for about $8)
  •         1 cup milk (whole milk, skim milk, soy milk, almond milk…your choice!)
  •         6 oz. vanilla yogurt (low fat, low carb, sugar free, greek…any type will work!)
  •         ⅓ cup liquid egg whites, optional

        handful of spinach, optional

  • Place frozen fruit in the immersion blender cup.
  • Defrost in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until the fruit is slightly thawed.
  • Add milk and yogurt.
  • If you opt for a protein burst, add the optional liquid egg whites.
  • If you want to sneak in a serving of veggies, add the optional spinach! I promise you won’t taste it, but your smoothie won’t be the most attractive color!
  • Blend using an immersion blender. Immersion blenders are quicker and easier to use than a regular blender and clean up is a snap!


Written by:

Kristl Story

(It’s a diet for your wallet, not your waistline!)

 Kristl is the CEO of her family and also the maid, the cook, the coupon queen and yes, the bargain shopper.  She’s not a financial planner or an accountant, just a mom that knows how to live the good life on a budget! Kristl’s tips have been featured in publications like Consumer Reports, All You Magazine and Good Housekeeping as well as, MSN Money and KHOU-TV. Discover more frugal living tips at

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5 replies
  1. April Danann
    April Danann says:

    This is great! Keep the message flowing and get the information out there, people do ‘know’ this deep down, just some times I think we have forgotten.

    I challenged myself a while ago to remove all remaining processed food from our diets and have done it – I blog about it also – you are most welcome to come visit!

    These foods are so easy to make at home and taste far better – I also love the fact that I can choose my own ingredients. Fresh and tasty!


  2. mrs green
    mrs green says:

    Another fantastic post – thanks for sharing. I must admit to a bit of ‘trolley snobbery’ when I look at what people have piled into their trolleys and then probably complain they have no money. One of my favourites to make is soup; I make it most days and use the organic veggies that are threatening to go soft. I start each day with a smoothie or juice too. Yes I have a few bits of convenience food on standby because I’m a busy working Mum who doesn’t always juggle her commitments, but the 80/20 rule works for me 😉

    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Honestly, I am the same when it comes to trolley snobbery. Not long ago, in Qatar (where diabetes and obesity run rampant) I saw a little girl about 10 who had to be about 190 lbs. Her mum was quite heavy too. The little girl brought over a 2 liter bottle of chocolate milk and put it in the trolley. It was everything I could do NOT to beg her NOT to let her little girl buy that and then take her hand around the market and teach her what to eat. I know it wouldn’t have been met with anything other than disdain. I am like you with the soups. I try to do 90/10 but sometimes….there are cheat days. Usually with homemade treats though not packaged.


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