Feeling lost trying to reconcile delicious good-for-you food with affordability? Here’s your guide for how to squeeze the most value from the season’s superstars (think berries, veggies and herbs) without leaving your values behind.
Try ten of our favorite ways to celebrate the true tastes of summer without a real burden on your budget.
Envision “whirled peas.” Make simple chickpea hummus opens in a new tab and get creative with flavor using what you have on hand — herbs, spices, grilled veggies, artichoke hearts.
Budget aid. Homemade lemonade opens in a new tab won’t squeeze your savings. Homemade limeade or a combination of the two is easy on your budget, too.
Tea time. Making large batches of iced tea opens in a new tab at home is easy and an indisputable money-saver. Add fresh fruit and mint . . . perhaps from your garden.
Pesto change-o! Make your own pesto opens in a new tab with raw herbs or greens, nuts from the bulk section, a hard cheese, lemon juice and olive oil.
Try it with pasta or steamed vegetables, use it as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or serve as a dip with raw veggies or pita chips.
Lick overspending. No need to spring for store-bought ice pops. Homemade is a great use for juices, yogurt or berries in your fridge.
Budget barista. Save some bucks by making your own iced coffee. Use leftover a.m. coffee to make coffee ice cubes to avoid dilution.
Give up the bottle. DIY vinaigrette opens in a new tab is easy to tinker with and customize. Beyond salad, use it as a marinade or veggie dip. (Chef’s tip: you can make sherry-walnut vinaigrette with: shallot + whole grain mustard + walnut oil + sherry vinegar + chervil + finely chopped toasted walnuts.)
Morning DJ. Mix up smooth-ie hits and juicy tunes at home for just a song. Try this Blueberry Muffin Smoothie opens in a new tab for a fresh and filling breakfast shake. Mango fans will love this decedent vegan lassi opens in a new tab.
Why scream? Make ice cream sandwiches opens in a new tab with 365 Everyday Value® cookies and ice cream. Bonus: drizzle with melted Whole Trade® chocolate before freezing.
Raise the bar. To make granola bars opens in a new tab, shop our bulk aisle for what you need and nothing else — no hydrogenated fats or artificial colors, or flavors.
Like these money-saving tips? The current issue of The Whole Deal opens in a new tab with $55+ in coupons opens in a new tab, more than a dozen Sure Deals opens in a new tab, 10 new budget recipes opens in a new tab and lots more tips and tricks to save this season.
How do you enjoy the flavors of late spring and early summer without burning a hole in your wallet?