This post has been in the making for a while.
Every week I make certain staples in my home and I think “That was so easy, why did I use to buy this?”. I know that you are out there buying these items too and not making them in your home….why?
Here are my list of things to make at home and why not to buy them:
- Salad dressing. Salad dressing is so easy to make! Many people buy dressing in the grocery store, but something about dressing that stays “fresh” in the fridge for 3 years creeps me out. Now, you will find commercially prepared dressing in my fridge for Ryan, he can’t seem to get off the junk, but for the most part, I make my own. Make your own dressing and use flaxseed oil, which is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which typically, we don’t get enough of in our diet. If you are really against making your own, buy a “clean” dressing. I do buy Renee’s Caesar Dressing, I can pronouce all of the ingredients.
- Pancakes. If you have a blender, you can make pancakes. Use gluten-free oats and egg whites for a high protein, high fibre, kid friendly pancake, that you will enjoy yourself!
- Hot Chocolate. Hot chocolate is super easy as well. It is also the most chemically made junk on the shelf. I used to snap up the low-calorie, low-fat tin and drink it like it was water. That was before I learned that fat is good and if you make your own, it tastes way better. Raw cocoa powder is loaded with antioxidants and fibre and it tastes super rich.
Here are a couple of recipes for you to try to see how much better the homemade stuff is:
Oatmeal Pancakes, adapted from the Eat Clean Diet
- 2.5 cups of gluten-free oats
- 6 egg whites
- 3 tbsp of coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp of grapeseed oil
- 1 tsp of gluten-free baking powder
Throw all of the ingredients into the blender and blend it up. In a hot skillet, melt about a tablespoon of coconut oil, fry up your pancakes. I add dairy free chocolate chips to Mason’s sometimes or blueberries.
- 1.5 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut milk is good too.
- 3 tbsp of raw cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp of unrefined sweetener like coconut sugar, maple syrup or raw honey
Pretty simple, blend, heat and enjoy!
I recommend trying to make a couple of items that you usually buy at the grocery store in your home. You will be surprised how easy it is!
Have a healthy, fresh day!