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Food Items You Can Make at Home Instead of Buying (that are THM friendly)

Hello everybody! How are you all doing?

So today, I’m finally sharing a list of a few “on plan” food items that you can make yourself at home, instead of purchasing at the grocery store. I started working on this post a few months ago, and I’m just now getting around to completing and publishing it!

This is not an extensive list, but it might help give you a few ideas to get started! If you’re not familiar with Trim Healthy Mama, then you can just give this post a quick read, then come back here, if you want!

Let’s get started!

1. Bread

If you don’t mind taking the time to make your own bread, then that is definitely something you can do yourself instead of purchasing sprouted/sourdough at the store. Plus, if you do have a sourdough starter, you can make so much more than just loaf bread! Muffins, rolls, drop biscuits, pizza crust, even crackers become possible by simply having an active sourdough starter on hand. You can even check out my video over on YouTube where I make super easy sourdough pancakes! Want to know more about why sourdough is on plan with THM? I have a post about that, too!

2. Oat Flour

Oat flour can easily be made at home by simply blending up some plain oats until they’re fine enough to use as a flour. I use my little Magic Bullet to blend mine!

3. Yogurt

If you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, then you already know that each meal and snack is anchored in protein. So, yogurt is an excellent choice for a protein source, but it if you don’t want to be buying it all the time, you can just make it yourself! Now, I’ve never actually done this myself, but it’s something to consider if your family eats a lot of yogurt!

4. Snack Items

I know this sounds kind of generic, and it is, since snack foods can be a lot of different types of foods/flavors. But anyway, I am the type of person who really likes my snacks, but store bought snack food can be less than healthy, or expensive, or both. So, making your own snack items like truffles, crackers, protein bars, ice cream, and other items can save you money and help you stay on plan. 😊

5. Pasta

This one does seem a little more daunting than the other items I’ve listed, and I don’t know anyone personally who does it. I have tried my hand at making pasta in the past (not on plan) but if I was to do it again I might try actually doing it with my pasta maker, which is something I didn’t do before. When I have made pasta, I just rolled out the dough and sliced it, so I guess it was technically more like “slicks” that you would add to a pot of chicken and slicks soup, but oh well… If it’s truly something you’d like to try your hand at, there are sourdough pasta recipes out there. Just search for “sourdough pasta” on Pinterest and you’re bound to find something. 😊

6. Ice Cream

Do I have any fellow ice cream lovers out there? Seriously, there was a time several years ago that I ate it basically every night… same goes for my husband. I don’t eat it nearly as often now as I used to, but did you know that you can make it yourself? And you can make it THM friendly, at that? Now, as far as I can tell, this can require the use of a full size blender and ice cream maker, neither of which are items I have. But hey, if you do, why not give it a try? I’ve seen people make some great ice cream that way. ☺️

7. Whipped Cream

Alright, if you want a super easy recipe for sugar free whipped cream (you know, to go with your ice cream, haha) then you can just go check out this post where I show you how to make it in the Magic Bullet! And if you’re not an ice cream person, you can just eat it alongside some fruit, if you want, or however you enjoy yours!

Alright, there are probably things I’ve left out of my list, so feel free to leave a comment to let me know what types of things you make yourself instead of buying, even if you’re not at all familiar with Trim Healthy Mama.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!