7 Snacks You Should Never Buy Again (Plus Recipes)

We all know eating whole food is vital to our health. Making meals from scratch and baking from scratch can eliminate the unknowns and unnecessaries in your diet. Since we know all this, why are the grocery stores full of premade meals, baked goods, and packaged snacks? That’s easy. Because it is easy. And quick. Time is always of the essence to most people and it is much easier to buy it than make it. Or is it?

Here are my picks for 7 snacks you can easily make at home with minimal time and effort. The best part is how surprisingly easy they are to make!

  1. Yogurt
    Store-bought yogurt usually contains thickeners, artificial colors and flavours, high amounts of sugar and preservatives.  The ingredients may be GMO.  You can EASILY make thick, rich, creamy yogurt from milk, cream and a yogurt starter or a Tbsp. of plain yogurt.  So easily you’ll wonder why you have never done it before.  Click here for the recipe.
  2. Ice Cream
    Store-bought ice cream contains thickeners, ingredients to make it stay frozen longer, ingredients to make the ice cream feel creamier, artificial flavour and color, preservatives and is high in sugar.  The sugar, unless it is organic, is almost guaranteed to be GMO. With an ice cream maker you can make healthy ice cream with 3 basic ingredients: Milk and/or cream, sugar and vanilla.  That’s it!  And it tastes WAYYYYYYYYYY better.  Click here for a recipe.
  3. Granola Bars
    Once you stand and stare at your astounding selection of granola bars and then start reading labels, you’ll realize that they are pretty much just a highly processed junk food.  They contain WAY too much sugar (likely GMO unless it is organic), preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and transfats.  Granola bars are very easy to make without the above ingredients.  And they taste better too.  Click here for a link to my granola bar recipe.
  4. Fruit Leather
    Fruit Roll Ups, or any variation of fruity snacks, generally contain an alarming amount of GMO sugar, thickeners, preservatives, color and artificial flavouring.  With the use of a food dehydrator, (and can also be done in the oven), you can make your own fruit snacks from just plain mashed up fruit.  You can add a bit of honey, maple syrup or organic sugar to sweeten it a bit if necessary.  The kids love it.  Click here for my instructions
  5. Smoothies
    Don’t waste your money buying a “smoothie” from McDonalds or any other fast food restaurant selling smoothies.  If they contain real yogurt you are lucky.  They will also contain artificial color, flavour, thickeners, too much (GMO) sugar, and if you are lucky enough to find real fruit in them, it likely won’t be fresh, local or organic.  Smoothies are so ridiculously easy to make.  You just need a blender, yogurt, your choice of fruit/vegetables, and a touch of your choice of sweetener, if you choose.  Click here for a simple smoothie recipe..
  6. Popsicles or ice cream/yogurt – sicles
    Commercial popsicles are either made from (GMO) sugar, water, artificial color and flavouring and preservatives, or if they are all natural and made from real fruit, they cost an arm and a leg.  Click here to find out how to simply make frozen treats from plain old fruit (or fruit juice), homemade ice cream, yogurt or left over smoothies.
  7. Chocolate shell for ice cream.
    Don’t waste your money buying those chocolate sauces you pour on top of your ice cream.  They are loaded with preservatives, colors, thickeners, wax, artificial ingredients and more.  Make it OH SO SIMPLY from healthy coconut oil and chocolate.  Find the recipe here.

This post has been linked to From The Farm Blog Hop #38.

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