Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

A friend recently posted a great article on facebook.  The article listed five packaged foods that you should never buy.  These foods include:
  1. Soup
  2. Stock/bouillon
  3. Beans
  4. Hummus
  5. Cereal
Go here to read the article, find out why these foods should be avoided, and get links to easy recipes to make your own.  These items are easy to make and you will know exactly what goes in them so avoid nasty things like BPA, GMOs, and high fructose corn syrup.  A side benefit of making these items yourself is that you will save money.

This post could also go under my "sustainable living" series as all of these alternatives eliminate excess packaging.  I've already posted about making my own hummus and I'll be doing a future post on making my own granola.


Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Somewhere I read that the biggest rip-off in the grocery store is canned soup. I finally figured out the cost of my weekly pot of soup and I'm hovering around $12. This book I'm reading right now talks a lot about adzuki beans and next week's batch of hummus is going to be made with adzukis instead of garbanzo beans, ya know, just to mix it up a bit.

Adrienne said...

Soup is the easiest thing in the world to make. I call it "cleaning out the fridge."

I never used store bought bouillon until Costco started carrying " Better Than Bouillon." It's organic and has good ingredients. It's sort of gooey and keeps forever in the fridge. I can grab a spoonful here and there when I need a bit of extra flavor in something.

I just checked on Amazon and they charge $11.00 some odd dollars for a jar. I paid #6.00 something at Costco. Whoa - that's a huge difference.

Cherie said...

Shona, adzukis sound interesting. Looking forward to hearing how they work out. I know who heads up our local food stamp program. She says she hates recipes that call for cans of cream of something soup. She also says it's a huge waste of money and that a simple white sauce is all that's needed.

Adrienne, I've been buying Better than Bouillon for a while now but can't remember how much I pay (certainly not $11, though!). I have to buy it at a health food store that is over an hour away. Making and freezing my own is actually more convenient for me.