Your Drink of Choice

It is for several reasons that I am dedicating this post to the importance of water. Here at Frugal Food, overall health is extremely important and it must be emphasized why staying hydrated is a priority. In all reality, water is a complete miracle drinks. It can be easy to neglect your H20 by forgetting or opting for different drinks like soda or iced coffee. But, fear not! I have three easy tips and reasons as to why water should be your choice of drink.


1. Say goodbye to headaches and fatigue. Water is key more keeping steady energy throughout the day. Dehydration can cause severe fatigue and loss of concentration throughout the day. Water can also be a natural remedy for headaches!

2. Flush out those toxins and maybe even lose some weight. Constantly drinking water is the easiest way to get rid of water bloat because when the body is dehydrated toxins cannot be rid of effectively and fat ends up sticking around which leads to weight gain. Staying hydrated promotes weight loss due to the water making you feel full and will help with not overeating.

3. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and a cute one at that. Having a water bottle with you while going to class, etc. will help with your water intake but having a cute one will actually make you want to have it around. Target and Walmart has so many with vibrant colors and patterns of all shapes and sizes!

Hopefully these facts help to see that water should be your drink of choice!

Banana Bread

So, a typical thing happened. I bought a bulk of bananas thinking, “I’ll have no problem eating these quick” and I sort of neglected them. At breakfast this morning, I looked at those poor, black bananas and let me tell was a sad sight. So, I did what anyone would do; make some delicious banana bread. Depending on the recipe, banana bread can be a little fattening, but I made some alternative switches! Yes, I know. That’s a little risky but honestly it was still pretty delicious.
Overall Cost: $4

-3 bananas ($1)
-2 cups of flour (.30 cents)
-2 eggs (.30 cents)
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (.10 cents)
-1/2 cup of honey (.75 cents)
-1/3 cup of oil (.50 cents)
-1/4 cup of milk (.30 cents)
-1/2 teaspoon of salt (.05 cents)
-1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (.05 cents)
-1 cup of walnuts (.75 cents)

1. Preheat oven at 375 degrees
2. Mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, cinnamon) in a large bowl and the wet ingredients (bananas, vanilla extract, honey and milk) in a different bowl
3. mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients by parts
4. add walnuts in and mix well

5. grease bread pan and pour batter evenly

6. Bake in oven for 50 minutes
7. Enjoy with butter and honey!


Overall thoughts: There are few things that are as good as this banana bread. Even though there was no use of sugar or butter, it’s still tastes amazing.
Happy Cooking!

Some Simple Substitutes

Substitutes can really come in handy in an array of situations. Say you weren’t able to make it to the grocery store for eggs or butter, there’s not much left in the fridge, or maybe you’re trying to make some simple changes in your diet. These easy switches should be of common knowledge when it comes to smart cooking and a modest budget. This post will cover 4 life changing alternatives to your everyday grocery items.

1. Apple Sauce over butter
Although butter is a staple for the kitchen and has a heavy endorsement from Paula Dean, you can’t ignore the fat and caloric details. A little butter won’t hurt, but neither will some hardy applesauce! The rule of thumb for this trick is to replace half of the amount. (Ex. 1 cup of butter means 1/2 cup of applesauce). Last I checked, a jar of applesauce costs about $2.50. Score.


2. Try some mashed..cauliflower
I know, this seems like kind of a stretch to replace good ole mashed potatoes with cauliflower, but don’t knock it until you try it! This is a significant healthy alternative due to the amount of saturated fat seen in mashed potatoes. Story time: When I was little, my mom made mashed cauliflower and I was rather picky. She convinced me that it was a new potato that scientists invented and that I had to try it. (Yes, 10 year old Sarah was a little gullible). Anyways, it was actually pretty good.


3. Lettuce leafs as a tortilla
Lettuce wraps are pretty good, my friends. It’s pretty obvious why this substitute is worth mentioning. (Carbs vs. Veggies). For a good veggie wrap use a sturdier green. Gotta get those veggies in.

5. Ever heard of quinoa?
Quinoa is a complex grain that looks a lot like rice, but it has so much more nutritional value than rice ever will. Some examples include fiber and protein. It’s not that hard to find either, you can find it on any food shelf. Although it is a tad more expensive than rice (so not much), it’s an alternative to consider.


Hopefully these tips were useful.
Happy Cooking!

Building An Amazing Smoothie

In between classes, I bought a smoothie from the University Center and let me tell was not good.  My Bangin’ Berry was watery, lacked in flavor and was not worth the $3.50.  After throwing it out, I got to thinking about what makes a really good smoothie and how I could easily make my own at home.  So, I decided this post would be a crash course to making an exceptional smoothie because some of us have probably never used a blender before.  Let’s talk ingredients.


There are two options: fresh or frozen.  I would recommend frozen because not only are they cheaper, but they make better smoothies.  The freezer section is endless with berry combos, citrus mixtures, etc.  Choose to your hearts desire.  Assuming this is a single serving deal, measure out 1 cup or 1 1/2 cups of your chosen fruits.



Yes, it is wise to add veggies to this smoothie.  Why?  Because they add double nutritional value with vitamins that include fiber, etc.  Depending how leafy green you want to get choose anywhere from kale to spinach and carrots to avocado.  1 cup of any of these options is advised.  It will still taste good, I promise.



A liquid base is needed to make this smoothie smoother and easy to drink.  Obviously.  There are an array of options like juice, water, milk, coffee, iced tea, etc.  Any of these options are guaranteed to make a good drink.  If you don’t want it too watery, beware of how much you add.  Anywhere from 1/2 cup to 1 cup is advised.


If you’re wanting to make it a little creamier, adding a couple tablespoons of yogurt, cottage cheese or ice goes a long way.



For a little extra flavor, some good ingredients to add are honey, vanilla extract, almonds or even maple syrup.  They will add a little sweetness and who doesn’t like that?

Hopefully, breaking down a smoothie helped figure the best way to make one!

Happy Spring Break!

5 Healthy Snack Combos To Eat This Week

It’s that time of year again: midterm season. DUN DUN DUN..

These next two weeks will be crazy with two research papers, four exams and loads of laundry to pack for spring  It can sound super easy to run to the vending machine during your six hour grind at the library or emotionally eat to cope with the stress.  But, I challenge you.  I have come up with five amazingly, healthy snacks combos that will fuel your body with good energy and nutrients, and your spring break bod can still shine!

1. Rice Cakes and Peanut Butter

Rice cakes make a great substitute for bread on the go and it’s even better when paired with a nice source of protein!  Eat with fruit to jazz it up.


2. Chocolate Milk and Banana

Bananas are packed with potassium and good carbohydrates, while chocolate milk provides protein and essential minerals!  Plus, it’s chocolate.  What’s not to love?


3. Hummus and Celery

Although hummus can be dense in calories, in the right portion it is a great source of lean protein.  Serving with celery or any other veggies can guarantee getting those greens in and their multiple vitamins!


4. Nuts, Craisans and Dark Chocolate

A quick on the go snack for minerals, energy, fats, fiber, protein, etc.  Adding dark chocolate is recommended if craving sweets.


5. Greek Yogurt and Honey

Honey contains sugar but also Vitamin C and folates, while  greek yogurt improves digestion like no other and provides amino acids. Put them together and have a delicious combo.


Hopefully, this helps to navigate the balance of nutrition and cravings!

Chicken Avocado Burrito Wrap

I’m all about avocados this week!  There was a sale at was too good to pass up.  It’s just a normal Saturday consisting of homework and trying to keep up with ridiculous amounts of reading.  Anyways, I needed to take a lunch break and decided to try this yummy wrap.  It only takes ten minutes to make and I mean..avocado..chicken..burrito.  What’s not to love?

Overall Cost: $5


-1/2 an avocado

-1 tortilla

-1 cup of mexican blend cheese

-1 cup of shredded chicken


1. Combine cheese, chicken and avocado


2. Apply to tortilla


3. Grease pan and cook wrap for 2 minutes each side at a medium heat

4. Enjoy!


Overall thoughts:  Oh my goodness, this burrito was so yummy that I want to make it again tomorrow.  It’s fast, easy to make and has a nice overall nutrition value.  If you’re one for spices, cilantro might be a nice addition to the flavor.  I am considering making a bunch of these and freezing them for later use.  If you didn’t already know: the freezer is your friend.

Not Your Average Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Friday!

The weather is absolutely gorgeous out today and it’s beginning to look a lot like February.  Nonetheless, it makes me really want to go on a hike or something.  I will definitely have to make some time for that.  Anyways, I was raiding my fridge and pantry trying to figure out what to munch on for a snack.  I then discovered that I had neglected to eat the rest of my bananas before they went very, very…very overripe.

I was trying to figure out what to do with them.  Bananas can be used for so many substitutes: eggs, baking oils, etc.  So, I decided on making some chocolate chip cookies!   Keeping in mind, we are supposed to keep things frugal and outside the box, I am putting my own little spin on your average chocolate chip cookies.  Only 3 ingredients for multiple servings! (12 cookies).

Cost per serving: $1


-2 ripe bananas (.50 cents)

-1 cup of quick oats (.25 cents)

-1/4 cup of chocolate chips (.25 cents)


1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Combine banana and oats in the bowl thoroughly and add chocolate chips over time


3. Distribute to sprayed cookie sheet

4. Bake for 15 minutes for deliciousness

5. Enjoy!


Overall Thoughts:

These cookies are actually really good!  They’re not messy, but still gooey.  The texture and appearance is very similar to a monster cookie, which is something anyone can appreciate.  The banana comes through with the taste of chocolate, making it sooooo delicious.  A recipe for the books!

3 Ingredient Pancakes

We all have those mornings when we just aren’t feeling it.  You cringe at the thought of three back to back lectures, desperately needing some morning coffee and the last thing you want to do is venture into the cold.  On days like these, it’s always a good idea to have pancakes for breakfast!  But, not just any pancakes; 3 ingredient pancakes. This is definitely one of the easiest recipes to make for breakfast.  It’s the perfect breakfast: fast, super easy, nutritious..and under 2 dollars a serving.

Overall Price: $1.50

Time to Make: 10 Minutes


-2 eggs (.50 cents)

-1 banana (.25 cents)

-2 tablespoons of cinnamon (.75 cents)


1. Combine 3 ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Mash up the banana consistently and mix together well.


2. Grease frying pan and pour batter out in small portions.  I stress small portions because these pancakes a litter flimsier than some.  With that being said, about a minute on each side.


3. And just like that, you’ve got some banana pancakes.  Serve with syrup if desired and morning coffee.


Overall thoughts:

These pancakes are very unique in terms of looks, but nonetheless this recipe is a keeper. These pancakes are delicious, insanely cheap, flourless and are something to make frequently!  They can be served in so many different ways as well.  With bananas, nuts, Nutella, jam, syrup and the list goes on and on.  All ingredients were bought at your average Walmart, so yes, this recipe truly is a dollar fifty per serving.  With time, it will be proven that a college student can make anything on a budget.  Hopefully, these pancakes are enough to turn a Monday morning around!