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Homemade Smoothies: Money-Saving Tips and Recipes

By Value Guru, May 30, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Value Guru

Summer is so close you can nearly taste it. Luckily with homemade smoothies, as the temperature goes up, you can hydrate healthfully (and deliciously) without running out of steam or savings.

A meal. A snack. A thirst-quenching blessing on a hot day. Being able to make your own smoothie without overspending is a warm-weather essential.

 

Here are five of our favorite money-saving tips to keep homemade smoothie costs low and flavor high.

  • Smooth operator. Buy and freeze fruit when it’s in season and prices are at their best. Used in place of ice, it thickens your drink and is a great way to use fruit before it spoils. (To see which fruits freeze well, visit our guide to fruit. )
  • Thrifty mixer. Use up and experiment with beverages already in your fridge such as orange juice (a Sure Deal) or flaxmilk (another Sure Deal). 
  • Measured savings. If you overestimate quantities, any leftover in the blender can be frozen into ice pops!

  • Green machine. Kale and spinach in a glass? Sure! A smoothie is a great vehicle for that handful of healthy leafy greens sitting in your fridge. Try a Double Green Smoothie, Get Your Greens Smoothie or create your own with what you have.
  • Blend in. Add-ins can round out the drink’s nutritional value and might save you from taking a supplement separately. Try flax seed oil (print the coupon) or spirulina powder.

Looking for tasty inspiration before you customize your own homemade smoothies? Try a Blueberry Muffin Smoothie, a fresh and filling breakfast shake reminiscent in flavor of a blueberry muffin.

Oats and omega-3 essential fatty acids from 365 Everyday Value® Organic Flax Oil (get the coupon) help you power through a busy morning or long summer day. A base of 365 Everyday Value® Organic Juice gives it a bright boost. That’s one delicious deal for about $2 a serving!

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups 365 Everyday Value® Organic Orange Juice 2/3 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup rolled oats 2 tablespoons 365 Everyday Value® Organic Filtered Flax Oil 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup ice cubes

Method

Purée all ingredients in a blender and serve immediately. 

Serves 2. Dairy free, low sodium, vegan, vegetarian.

About $2.04 per serving. We do our best to estimate recipe ingredient costs, but market variations do happen.

Thirsty for more savings? With the current issue of The Whole Deal value guide, you’ll get $55+ in coupons, more than a dozen Sure Deals, 10 new budget recipes, a daily meal planner and seasonal money-saving tips making it easy to sip, slurp, nibble and chew your way into summer without breaking a sweat. How do you keep homemade smoothie costs low? We’d love to hear your recommendations for flavorful ingredient combinations, too.

 

15 Comments

Comments

Denise says ...
I've been using coconut milk, 1/2-1 banana,organic fresh-frozen fruit that I switch up;strawberries,mango,pineapple,or blueberries. Then 1/2 cup of goat's milk yogurt from Whole Foods, 2 Tbsp milled chia seeds, and 1 scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood and a small amount of juice on top of chia seeds for a few minutes (apple or carrot). I am full by the time I finish the cup and don't want to eat again until lunch, and i'm usually a snacker. I love idea of pouring into container and freezing extra for later, there's always left over smoothie that won't fit into my travel cup!
06/02/2012 10:14:55 AM CDT
Jessica says ...
I use the magic bullet for my smoothies in the morning. Instead of having a huge smoothie maker you have single serving cups that you can take on the go as soon as you are done mixing it! I cannot wait to try the blueberry muffin smoothie! We usually do this recipe: 1 banana 1/2 cup almond milk handful of spinach scoop of amazing grass frozen strawberries or mangoes
06/02/2012 8:29:44 AM CDT
Steph says ...
I save money and add extra nutrition by mixing my smoothies with homemade water kefir. My children love it because it pairs well with any fruit or veggie.For a breakfast treat when time is short, I make a banana bread smoothie with cup of milk(dairy or non), banana, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla to taste and 1/4 - 1/2c. of rolled oats. My kid asks for this often and stays full till lunchtime. For a variation try an apple pie smoothie just use a whole apple w/skin in place of banana.
05/30/2012 3:18:40 PM CDT
Sarah says ...
I used to make water keifer and am now looking for fresh crystals to begin again. I can trade a SCOBy to make homemade Kombucha for some.
05/31/2012 10:07:25 AM CDT
satomi says ...
I use extra soft tofu to make it creamy and soy milk instead In place of milk.
06/01/2012 3:57:57 PM CDT
Shannon says ...
I have a juicer but my husband and I prefer smoothies. To expand my vegetable options for our frozen treats, I juice carrots and beats and freeze that in cup cake pans for individual boosts of nutrients. The beets are sweet and the red color makes greenish smoothies pretty again... for him that may be concerned with such things. ;)
06/01/2012 1:40:42 PM CDT
Scott @ The Healthy Eating Guide says ...
Great post! My go-to smoothie lately has been this one ... it's fantastic. 1 cup strawberries (from the farmer's market) 2 T flaxseeds 1 cup spinach (from the farmer's market) 8 oz. water 3 ice cubes
06/04/2012 8:48:44 AM CDT
christine says ...
Wow!
06/02/2012 8:02:20 PM CDT
Karen says ...
Wonderful recipes. I look forward to trying them all. My new favorite smoothie: 3 Organic Fresh raw beets-greens and all 1 small Organic banana Aloe juice (10-18 oz depending on how thick you like it) 4 ounces Raw Kombucha 1-2 packets Organics Greens to Go (I order this on line-www.greenstogo.com) 1 scoop Spiru-tein UNSWEETEDNED (banana or vanilla) Wheat Germ Salba Seeds Chia Seeds add water if too thick I make a big batch for the whole family and use a funnel to put it back into empty 32 oz Glass bottles I recycle and we have it on hand for a pick me up
06/05/2012 10:49:44 AM CDT
Cassie says ...
I like to add a button mushroom to my smoothies. It has no taste, and I think it may make the smoothie creamier, and you get the nutrition of the mushroom.
06/05/2012 10:55:39 AM CDT
Suzanne says ...
Steph sounds like a great smoothie. How do you make homemade water keifer?
05/30/2012 10:06:49 PM CDT
Frustrated says ...
I've been making homemade smoothies for sometime. They have always turned out pretty good. The last few times I have made them they have coagulated. Can someone please tell me why or what I may be doing wrong. I put frozen or fresh fruit, juice, flax seed, rolled oats. I have tried putting the extra in freezer and refridgerator it still coagulates. Please help... Extremely Frustrated:(
07/30/2012 5:54:56 PM CDT
Robin Chase says ...
You've left out the most important piece of info: what is the calorie count and for what serving size? Thanks
08/09/2012 9:54:03 PM CDT
nikki.newman says ...
@ROBIN - The best way to find the calorie and serving size for each smoothie is to click on the link for that specific recipe. Once you are on the recipe page, you will see the serving size and nutritional information listed on the left. Most of smoothie recipes yield 2 servings so you would take the entire recipe and divide it by 2 to equal one serving. Hope this helps!
08/16/2012 4:40:48 PM CDT
nikki.newman says ...
@FRUSTRATED - Have no fear...I might have a solution for you! The possible problem could be with the flax seeds. When flax is soaked or blended it can coagulate everything it's mixed with. Instead of putting it in the blender, try to sprinkle flax meal on top after you have blended the smoothie. Another great option would be to use flax oil before you blend. Let me know how this works out!
08/16/2012 4:54:13 PM CDT