By Melissa Lafrance on May 4, 2017
It’s easy to reach for a bottle of ketchup or salad dressing at the grocery store. But it’s just as easy – and often healthier and less expensive – to make your own.
This month, we’re taking a look at basic food staples and finding ways to make them a little healthier by making our own instead of buying pre-made. The best way to know exactly what is in your food is to make it yourself. You also benefit from being able to customize it to your taste and can often save money, particularly when you buy the ingredients in bulk. Plus, cooking is fun and satisfying.
Check out the four-week plan and get cooking!
Let’s start small and simple. Try these recipes and tips:
- Make your own salad dressing. You can use old bottles for your dressing or mix up all the ingredients in a glass or a Mason jar.
- You can even make your own butter!
- Make homemade crackers. I’ve made these before and they are super easy and delicious on their own or with hummus or cheese.
- Try baking your own bread.
What about dairy and dairy alternatives? Most of us have these as staples in our everyday diets.
- Did you know you can make your own almond milk? The leftover almond pulp can be used in smoothies, hummus, oatmeal and crackers.
- Homemade yogurt is easier to make than you might think!
Now let’s explore condiments! Nut butters are full of nutrition and great to add to many dishes or use in a good ol’ peanut butter and jam sandwich (even better if it’s with your homemade bread!)