This is part of a series I’ve been creating for Azumio. Azumio is an app company dedicated to improve health and wellness by tracking sleep and steps, monitoring your glucose levels and heart rate, and providing exercise libraries and routines.
The more you read labels of packaged foods, the more you can ask yourself what is all this stuff in my food? Does it need to be in the food? The answer is no. For generations most of the food you enjoy was made at home in a kitchen with a few simple ingredients that had pronounceable names. Today, convenience is the name of the game, leading to more and more store bought food on our pantry. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There are many foods you can easily make at home that will be cleaner and maybe even cheaper than storebought.
Why Make it Yourself?
There are a lot of reasons to make some of your pantry staples yourself. Like mentioned above, store-bought foods can be filled with mysterious chemicals, colors, additives and preservatives. While not all of those ingredients are harmful, they’re not really necessary. You don’t need them when you make it at home, so why do you need to eat it?
When you make food yourself, you also have a lot more control of what goes in your food. In addition to additives and colors, you can also control the amount of sugar and salt that goes into your food. You can make the food how you want it to taste. Can’t find something hot enough? Love garlic but nothing’s as garlicky as you want? You now have the power to flavor your food how you want.
If you’re making this food consistently, you can also save some money. You probably have a lot of the basic ingredients already (oils, spices, vegetables) and you can buy other ingredients in bulk for a lower price. This will yield a larger quantity for a lower price, saving you money in the long run.