Controversial statement alert: I don’t think that there’s anything too wrong with buying food, if you know what to avoid. Maybe you hate cooking, or you’re horrible at it, or you just never have time to cook. Or maybe you just don’t want to cook everyday. Whatever the reason, I totally understand, because I eat out occasionally as well.
That being said, there are a few things that I try really hard not to buy anymore. And today I wanted to share some of them with you. The list of things I always make at home is a little longer than this and includes things like pasta sauce and roasted nuts. But, these are the basics that I think everyone should try making at least once, whether it be for health, taste or cost reasons.
I love granola. This is not a secret. And, as I’ve mentioned many times before, the day I discovered homemade granola was the day I truly started living. So, naturally, I want everyone to experience the joy of making granola at home. First and foremost, granola is ridiculously easy to make and totally customizable to your tastes. Plus, with the exception of a few brands, homemade granola is so much better for you than what you’ll find at the store. So, please, please, please, give homemade granola a try.
2. Flavoured oatmeal
Oatmeal is one of my favourite things to have for breakfast. It’s easy to make, customizable, filling and healthy. But, that’s if you make it yourself from scratch. Those packets of sugar filled instant oatmeal are not your friends. You’re way better off buying plain oatmeal and flavouring it to your liking, using healthier toppings and mix-ins. And, if you don’t have time to make oatmeal on the stovetop or wait 45 minutes for baked oatmeal, 2 minute microwave oatmeal is always an option.
Smoothies are another example of something quick and easy to have for breakfast or a snack. However, store bought smoothies are also another one of those deceptively ‘healthy’ foods, thanks to all the added sugars most of them have. So, do yourself a favour, and get some frozen fruit, leafy greens and a decent blender and make your own. Your body will thank you.
I have to admit that microwave popcorn is convenient. And, if you buy the plain ones and flavour it yourself, it’s actually not that bad for you. But, if you’ve never made your own stovetop popcorn, you are seriously missing out. I started making my own popcorn after going dairy free because I wasn’t sure how I’d react to the butter flavourings. And, now that I’ve tasted the stovetop stuff, there’s no going back. So worth the extra 3 minutes and having to wash a pot.
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I know what you’re thinking. How does tea get healthier if you make it at home? Well, to be honest, it usually doesn’t. But, it does get significantly cheaper. So I had to include it. Tea is literally the easiest thing to make. But, if you get tea at a coffee shop, it can cost anywhere from 2 to 6 bucks. Yes, 2 to 6 dollars for a tea bag, a styrofoam cup and some hot water. Uhh, no. Especially not when you can buy a box of like 12 tea bags for the same price or less.
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Confession: I bought a cup of tea for $2 last week and have been kicking myself ever since. That was honestly half the reason I even wrote this post.
What about you?
- What foods do you refuse to NOT make at home?
- Are there any foods that you ONLY buy and never make yourself?
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