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Bread is a staple food for most households, as it is so versatile and can be used for both meals and snacks. Many children go to school with sandwiches for lunch. Bread is found in every meal of the day, even a midnight snack. When something is so useful and so common in a household, it should be obvious to make this the healthiest and cheapest priority in the cabinet. Store-bought bread comes in many different forms, so it’s often hard to choose which is best.

So why not make your own? What are the benefits of homemade bread compared to store-bought?

The first and most obvious point to be made is that homemade bread is nice and fresh. When anyone thinks of homemade bread, the image of a brown loaf steaming as it’s just pulled out of the oven clouds their minds. This type of bread is fresh, soft, and it has the taste to prove it. When it comes to store-bought, it’s hard to tell just how long the bread has been sitting on the shelf. It has expiration dates, yes, but that’s also due to preservatives, which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fresh.

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That being said, there are no unnecessary ingredients in the bread. Preservatives and additives are put into the ingredients to not only make it last longer on the shelves, but to also get the shopper addicted to the food so they buy their brand over and over again. What better way to avoid those unnecessary ingredients than to just make your own bread? With making your own, you know exactly what goes in the bread, so you don’t have to worry about eating unhealthy items. It can even meet your dietary needs; there are all sorts of homemade bread recipes on the internet that anyone can use if they have dietary restrictions. Store-bought bread can’t do that.

Lastly, it’s just plain cheaper to buy and make homemade bread than it is to buy it from the store. The price for bread is rising slowly overtime, costing a surprising amount for just one loaf. When you buy all the ingredients separately, it’ll definitely cost more than a loaf of bread. However, you get more than one loaf from using those ingredients. In the long run, it’s cheaper to make it yourself. And when making bread becomes a routine thing in the kitchen, taking time to do it not only becomes part of your schedule, but you also don’t have to waste time at the store trying to decide which brand is better.
Making bread for yourself and your family is a healthier alternative to buying it readily made at the store. It’s something to take pride in too; who doesn’t love the taste of homemade bread? It’s more rewarding, cheaper, and all around better for your diet. With bread being such an important part of anyone’s diet, making it homemade is the way to go.

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In order to have a healthy diet, everyone thinks they must limit their meals to three times a day with little to no snacking. Eating junk food in the middle of the day between lunch and dinner negatively impacts your health and makes you gain weight. On the other hand, if you choose wisely on what snacks you’re munching on while waiting for supper, it could actually benefit your health, and even help you lose weight.

The reason junk food is so unhealthy is because it’s full of sugar, and has little, if any, nutrition. The calories in junk food are often double if not triple that of healthier counterparts. By consuming so much sugar, it slows down your metabolism and makes you gain weight. That further results in lack of energy and causes more weight gain. What’s more, snacking on junk food doesn’t necessarily mean it’s filling and satisfying, so you end up eating more of it to sate a craving. By snacking healthy, it avoids this entire process while getting the fulfilling taste of an afternoon snack.

So what types of healthy snacks are there? First there are vegetables. Celery coated with peanut butter, or even by itself, is a wonderful in-between-meals snack. It’s filling and satisfying in taste, and it has a small amount of calories. Health professionals actually call it ‘negative calories’, meaning it takes more energy to eat it than the celery has as a whole. It’s the perfect snack for those who are careful about losing weight. Things like radishes and carrots are also negative calories. Lettuce, when eaten by itself without any dressing, is also negative calories. It can also have delicious toppings that, when used frugally, don’t contribute that many calories.

If vegetables aren’t your thing, then there are also fruits. Bananas, for example, are high in potassium, which can prevent cramps or achy bones. With their peel, they are portable snacks that can be taken anywhere. Plus they’re sweet, so sweet tooth cravings can be satisfied too. Other fruits that can be taken as snacks can be any berry, oranges, tangerines, apples, or pineapples. There are also pears and peaches which can be used as craving killers. Fruits are naturally sweeter, so if sugar is a problem, fruits can help.
Lastly, if fruits and vegetables are something you have a problem with, there are low calorie snacks developed just for you. Sugar free chocolate bars, low calorie breakfast bars, and high nutrient granola bars are made and packaged with the health-conscious person in mind. They’re cheap and portable, so anyone in a hurry can pick them up on the way to work or school.
Snacking doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

It can actually be a good thing when snacking on the right thing. There are many options to choose from, so even if one thing isn’t a favorite, a picky eater can still choose the right things to eat.

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