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Homemade to Save: Bars and Smoothies

Enjoy delicious homemade savings by making your own smoothies and bars!

Come summer, everyone loves the convenience of a fruity granola bar, and smoothie shops beckon on hot days. But whether it’s poolside nibbles or refreshing drinks on the porch, don’t get burned by the price of summertime snacks. These favorites are prime candidates for a little DIY.

Hungry for inspiration? These recipes are sure to tempt your taste buds without teasing your wallet.

Double Green SmoothieMoney-saving tips
Be a smooth operator with these four money-saving tips for homemade smoothies.

  1. Big chill. Buy and freeze fruit when it’s in season (and often at great prices). Used in place of ice, it thickens your drink and is a great way to use fruit before it spoils.
  2. Thrifty mixer. Use up and experiment with beverages already in your fridge such as orange juice or milk.
  3. Green machine. A smoothie is a great vehicle for that handful of healthy leafy greens sitting in your fridge or freezer.
  4. Measured savings. If you overestimate quantities, any leftover liquid in the blender can be frozen into ice pops!

The Whole DealOur top tip for saving money on homemade bars is to shop the bulk bins. From oats to seeds to dried fruit, many of the best bar ingredients (great flavors + nutritional benefits) are available in the bulk department. You can buy only what you need and save on packaging too.

Turn to The Whole Deal® value guide for more ways to save this summer. With $55+ in coupons, Sure Deals, 10 new 5-ingredient budget-friendly recipes and money-saving tips you can enjoy the best of summer for less.

Do you have a favorite summertime smoothie or bar recipe? Share it in the comments section below.

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Carol Chu says …

I like whole food.

Linda says …

I have never visited one of your stores but on the 24th a friend and I are and we are very excited.

Laurie Anne Jones says …

Hi, I had a smoothie in DC from whole foods market in foggy bottom. It had banana, dates, and almond milk. Can't remember what else. It was so yummy!!! I've been craving it but they don't make it here in Las Vegas. Can you tell me how to make it?? Please!?!??

Brenda says …

I tried two of your fresh made smoothies the other day:Beet-ternal and Green with envy ( I think that was the name). They were both delicious!! I have tried to make green smoothies, however I guess I keep missing the mark when it comes to the right mixture. I guess I'll have to keep purchasing your mixtures! Great Job!

Christian says …

Hey i bought Super A juice - carrot apple and ginger - and Greens with Envy juice drinks and I am trying to log their values in my Fitbit app and I can't find it anywhere. Is there somewhere that I can see the recipe and it's values like calories sugars carbs fats etc?? Thanks very much in advance!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CHRISTIAN - If this was something made in house, it's best to check with the store directly to see if they have nutritional info. If they have it, they'll be happy to share!

Judi Blue says …

I LOVE Whole Foods "Greens With Enby Cold Pressed Juice". What is the nutrional value of this juice? I was on my fitnesspal.com and it was reflected there that 16 ounces of this delicious elixir is a whopping 2500 calories and has no fiber or calcium. I sure hope this is just a myth. Please advise. Thank you!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JUDI - More than likely this is a store or regional recipe. Check with the store where you purchased this to find out if they have nutritional info. If they do, they'll be happy to share it with you!