Save money this summer and create it yourself! We have been making these recipes every summer for about 5 years now.

Home-made Sports drink (Gatorade)

2 quarts water

1 packet unsweetened powdered drink mix (Kool-Aid)

½ cup sugar or sugar substitute

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon salt substitute (Nu-salt)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix very well. The salt will provide the electrolytes and potassium. Tastes just like the real deal!

Home-made frappuccino Coffee Drink

½ cup water

1 rounded teaspoon instant coffee

2 teaspoons sugar or substitute (I like using organic agave syrup)

1 rounded teaspoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1 ½ cups milk or milk substitute (Almond milk is great in this!)


1 drop vanilla (optional)

Microwave ½ cup water and cocoa powder for 45 seconds to dissolve. Fill blender with remaining ingredients and add the chocolate mixture last.

Tastes just as good as the expensive ones at the gourmet coffee houses.


Save your yogurt containers and make popsicles!

The possibilities are endless.

Fruit pureed in the blender, fudge pops with instant chocolate pudding, leftover fruit juice, kool-aid, you can get quite imaginative!

Just fill container with your creation, cut a slit in the lid, insert a popsicle stick, and freeze!

Granola bars

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter melted

3-4 cups your choice! (nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, m&m’s, coconut)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

In a large bowl, mix everything together with your hands until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pan. (I use parchment paper.)

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into squares while still slightly warm, then let cool completely before serving. The kids love these and I can usually make them much healthier (and cheaper) than the store-bought varieties.



2 responses

  1. thinkingplants says:

    I had never seen a sports drink recipe before, thanks!

  2. My husband actually found this recipe years ago when he was working construction and drinking tons of gatorade. Thanks for the comment!