The majority of what I eat (95%) is homemade. I make homemade soups, smoothies, salads, dips, sauces, salad dressings, salsa, hummus, and other dishes. It all tastes so amazing and so much better than store-bought meals, dishes, foods, and food items!
There are many benefits of eating homemade:
You save money. Yes, it is less expensive to make homemade meals and extras. For a tomato sauce, all you need are some tomatoes, herbs, spices, and maybe some water. That’s much cheaper than a healthy store-bought jar of tomato sauce. Yes, there are healthy prepared options available in stores, but they are more expensive, and I guarantee you they don’t taste as great as homemade does. 😉
You save time. You may think this isn’t true, but it actually is. Here’s why. You set aside some time to make a few homemade meals, dressings, sauces, etc., and you can make large quantities of them. This way, they are ready for you to grab and eat when you need to. So, yes, this also keeps you on track by not reaching for unhealthy foods when you’re hungry.
Chances are that homemade is usually always healthier than not homemade. If you eat clean and healthy, and you make your own meals, what you make is probably healthier than what is available in stores. In stores, some items sit on shelves for a while, meaning that they may add ingredients to keep them fresher longer. None of that is needed if you go homemade. Pick up a jar of salsa, and check out the ingredients. Lots of salsas have natural flavors and citric acid in them. Salad dressings are much worse. Even the better ones in stores contain a slew of unnecessary and sometimes even unhealthy ingredients. When you make your own salsa and dressing, they will not only be fresher, but they will be healthier and taste better, too.
You have more variety and options with homemade. Yes, there is more than one variety of salad dressing, salsa, tomato sauce, soup, etc., but just think of all of the options you have when you make your own. You can use any fruit and/or vegetables, any herb, any spice, etc. You can even make your own coconut and almond milks and your own ice creams using fruit, nuts, extracts, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. When you eat in a healthy and balanced way, you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. More options are always better!
You know exactly what and how much of something is in your meals. When you make your own meals, you have the choice to experiment with, and to choose which ingredients to use as well as how much of each ingredient to use. It just gives me a peace of mind and a sense of freedom to choose what and how much I want, for what and how much I want to make. It’s like having your own garden. Nothing better!
Homemade is fun! Even if you mess up, homemade is still fun! I am no baker. I do not make cookies, breads, cakes, pies, etc. much at all. The consistency and appearance of some cookies I made one time were way off, but they still tasted so great. Even sometimes, if something you make doesn’t work out, turn it into something else! I was making a small side dish from garbanzo beans to top a tortilla or romaine lettuce. The consistency was not as think as it was supposed to be, so I used it as a dressing instead! The most fun with homemade that I have is with smoothies, dressings, and vegetable dishes. Since there are so many fruits, vegetables, and different combinations for dressings, I have so much fun experimenting with these because I end up coming up with so many amazing outcomes. What a pleasant surprise!
You have the joy and fun of surprising someone or making someone’s day. You’ve heard the saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” right? Well, when you make something homemade for someone, it makes them feel so special and important. They realize that you put the time and effort of making something healthy and delicious for them when you could have easily bought something instead. Homemade always seems to mean more to people, and surprises are usually fun! You can not only tell them exactly what and how much of each ingredient is in your homemade creation to them, but you’re also sharing your heart and love with them. Nothing can compare to that. You might even be teaching them a thing or two about health along the way. How amazing!
Well, I think you get my point that I love homemade so much, and will always choose this route. Include your family, friends, and even your pets in your homemade healthy adventures! Share the love of food, fun, and health!
Make something homemade, and let me know what you made!
Until next time,