About a year ago, after I’d cut out the high fructose corn syrup, the msg, the soda, and the white breads, I realized how much more I was spending on groceries. I was feeling so much better, but my wallet definitely was not since most of what I started to buy was either organic or considered a “health food”.
So taking matters into my own hands, I started making more from home and buying less of those easy made items.
After the occasional (or not so occasional!) flop I found that baking/cooking from scratch was actually pretty easy and normally tasted quite a bit better! Plus, not only did I know exactly what I was putting into my food, it was fresher when we ate it.
So next time you head to the store, try to buy less packaged foods.
- Stick to basic whole foods like meat, fruits and veggies, and dairy.
- Skip as many aisles as you can because this is where the convenience foods are.
- Check the sizes of packaging. Like yogurt for instance. The healthier stuff is normally in a larger container, whereas the sugar filled junk has nice small one serving containers.
- Above all, don’t buy frozen meals! They are full of more junk than you realize!
As always, it’s not mandatory that you start making everything yourself all at once. Try just one thing. I started making my own bread (granted I have a bread maker that makes it just a little bit easier on me!) but after I finally got a handle on that, I moved on to something else. And it wasn’t until just recently that I’ve been trying my hand at making my own sauces.
So it is a process, something that won’t happen overnight. But if you notice everything in your cart is in a box or a bag, you may need to start overhauling your grocery list!
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