There is often a bit of a misconception about how good and healthy food can be extortionately expensive. While I do see why people think that way, it actually isn’t correct. Some superfoods can be a little pricey, but you use them in such small amounts that they do end up lasting you for quite a while. One of the things that I have found that really keeps costs down, though, is making your own food. Some store bought foods can be much more unhealthy for you, as well as having a hefty price tag. So here are some food that you need to stop buying and start making. Not only will it save you cash, but give you a clean eating boost as you’ll know exactly what goes into them. Have you ever made any of these yourself before?
The likes of almond butter, peanut butter, and basically any other nut butter are on the rise. There are quite a few brands at the moment that do make them without adding sugar or oil, but it will still be cheaper to make your own at home. The only ingredients that you need are the nuts! There is a caveat, though; you do need to have a strong food processor or blender, like a Vitamix or Magimix. These mean that making nut butter will be much quicker and involve you having to scrape down the sides of the container. If you’re not sure where to start when looking for a blender, then it could be worth looking for reviews somewhere like Healthy But Smart, for instance. Then you can be buying some nuts in bulk and making plenty of peanut butter, almond butter, and even pecan or cashew butter.
If you’re looking for a healthy, filling, and plant-based snack food, then houmous is a great snack to have. Have with some homemade crackers and some veggie sticks, and you’ve got a great snack for all the family. The thing with store bought ones is that there can be all sorts of additives and preservatives added. Some even add sugar which is just unnecessary. Making your own couldn’t be simpler, though. With a can of chickpeas, some tahini, and lemon juice, and you’ve got all you need. Then just add things like garlic or roasted peppers, depending on what flavour you would like. Throw it all in a blender or food processor, and you’re good to go.
Another family favourite that seems to trick people into thinking that it is healthy. But with lots of added sugar, it is healthier to make your own. Soaking some dried beans of your choice and then cooking them up with onion, your favourite herbs or spices, as well as some cherry tomatoes and tinned tomatoes, and you’ve got a sweet alternative.
Salad dressing are laden with calories and lots of unnecessary ingredients. So keep it simple by making your own. Some cold-pressed olive oil, along with your favourite vinegar (cider, red wine, or white wine) and mix together. You can add things like lemon juice or wholegrain mustard to taste, depending on the kind of salad that you have. Tasty, quick, cheap, and full of natural goodness.
Pesto & Pasta Sauces
Jarred pasta sauces are full of preservatives and sugar. In many instances, sugar is the number one listed ingredient on the list! So making your own is a no-brainer. It couldn’t be simpler either. Using passata, onions, and balsamic vinegar is a quick and easy pasta sauce. But you can, of course, make more with some cooked veggies and a blender. Pesto couldn’t be simpler either. Basil leaves, pine nuts, and lemon juice can be a great way to make it. If you eat cheese than you can blend it with some parmesan too. If not, using some brazil nuts of cashews can be a good option.
Drinking only water can get a little repetitive, so from time to time, having an alternative can be a refreshing idea. Instead of getting flavoured water from a shop that will have either sugar or sweeteners in, make your own. Use some fruit pieces chopped up, like lemon or strawberry, with some mint perhaps, and let it diffuse in a jug of water. Voila! Your very own flavoured water that has been super simple to make. Nothing artificial added and good for you. Even adding things like chia seeds can give you a nutritional boost as well as hydrate you.
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