Food Trends these days are changing by the post, Instagram has created a platform for healthy food trends to run rampant… and well, I love it. It is exciting that people are opening up to trying new foods, methods of cooking and changing their perspective on health.
Even though this new world of information is inspiring - lets be real - we can’t all afford to buy into $6 matcha, $10 juices and $25 salads on the daily, even if it is packed with the rarest spirulina. I know accepting reality is tough, but staying on trend can really break the bank. So let’s break it down, I am going to debunk some of the trendiest foods and make them cheap AF. This way we can get healthy, keep money in our pockets and always stay on trend ;).
From blended concoctions to fermented goods I am going to show you how to make it easy, healthy + cheap.
Here is what to expect: Delicious, hassle-free(ish) + healthy recipes complete with a priced out grocery list. Sure, I have my own list of trends I’m ready to debunk, but what fun is that? I want to hear what you trends you’re over paying full price for - shoot me a comment, email or slide into my DM’s - your choice, I’m ready for ya.
First up: A Trendy, Healthy + Cheap AF Blended Edition
Time to demystify two juice trends who’s benefits live up to the hype but not always the price - Celery Juice and Ginger Shots.
There is no surprise this made my list, everyone is drinking celery juice… everyone. It took my a while to get on board because honestly, celery isn’t the most appetizing vegetable. And it is 90% water, so other than getting a hydrating boost how could celery really change my body?! But I tried it and I loved it - whether it is all in our heads or celery juice is the new kale the facts are facts: It is delicious, easy and frankly drinking it in the morning helps me rehydrate and feel cleansed throughout the day.
Celery juice is said to pack a punch containing vitamin C, folate, magnesium, calcium + electrolytes. It is not only a great way to flush your system in the morning but electrolytes and vitamin C make it a great remedy when you feel a cold coming on or refueling after a workout … watch out Gaterade!
Although a juicer is a great method for turning this goodness into liquid, us on a budget (and probably without kitchen space) need to find another way to reap the benefits. Luckily celery is pliable enough that by cutting through the cell walls it will release its juice. Time to pull out the blenders, whether its a Vitamix or Magic Bullet it is all the same when it comes to celery juice.
What you need:
Rough chop the celery into smaller pieces, place in the blender with a 1/4 cup water.
Turn on the blender and let it liquify the celery.
Strain the mixture and pour into a glass to enjoy!
Seriously that is it. 1 ingredient and 3 simple steps you will be on your way to a healthier, trendier you in no time.
Let’s see what you are saving!
Pressed Juicery is now serving Celery Juice for $4/ 15oz bottle, while Jus by Julie is serving up celery blends for $8/ 16 oz bottle. While I LOVE these brands lets keep them for the splurge days.
Our homemade celery juice costs us : $1.89/ 16oz
1 bunch Organic Celery $1.89
Well you know what that means… we just saved $2.11 for 5 minutes of effort and a whole lotta goodness.
TIP: Make it your own by adding lemon and ginger for added flavor and benefits without breaking the bank. The juice will last up to 4 days in the fridge, so make a large batch and keep it for the week!
The health benefits of ginger have been around the block, but the hype hasn’t gone away. Ginger is a powerhouse root that not only adds an amazing fresh and spicy flavor to dishes but is a true rockstar for the gut, immune system and inflammation.
Ginger contains Gingerol, the bioactive compound in the root that is responsible for much of its medicinal benefits. Gingerol can help fight infections by preventing and reducing harmful bacteria in the body. The powerful antioxidants found in ginger can prevent and reduce cancer-causing free radicals, while combating the common cold. And for the gut, ginger can be used to help ignite your metabolism, improving digestion and irregularity. I know you don’t need more convincing but just in case — ginger’s anti-inflammatory compounds have been found to help prevent brain degenerating diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
To break it down we all need to be including ginger into our weekly (if not daily) routine. But being such a hot ingredient products can get pricey. So let’s give it a shot the cheap AF way.
What you need:
3” of Ginger
Pinch of Cinnamon
Pinch of Cayenne
1/4 tsp Honey
2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
3 Tbsp of Water
Rough chop ginger. Place in a blender with apple cider vinegar, water, cinnamon, honey and cayenne.
Turn on the blender and blend until everything breaks down and liquifies.
Strain the mixture and pour into a glass and shoot it back!
Now for the savings
Pressed Juicery coming in hot for $4 for 2 oz of juice… and this is a good price. At boutique shops ginger shots can go up to $6 a pop.
Our homemade shot costs: $1.50
Ginger ($0.26/oz) $0.80
Honey ($0.46/oz) $0.10
Cinnamon / Cayenne ($1.50/ oz) $0.10
Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.50/ 16 oz) $0.50
Thats a savings of more than $2.50 without missing out on the goods.
Hope these tips help you incorporate healthy trends into your routine. Let me know what foods you want me to turn into Trendy, Healthy and Cheap AF necessities!