If you’re a foodie, you probably spend a lot of money on different kinds of foods but do you know that some of them won’t give you value for your expenses? Here are five foods you should stop wasting money on in 2019.
Flavoured Non-dairy Milks
Vanilla-eggnog-caramel soy milk doesn’t win you any points in the health department—and it definitely would drill a hole in your pocket. If you prefer non-dairy milks for personal dietary reasons, buy unsweetened versions. And if you’re just trying to eat well, skim milk should be just fine.
Skip the refined grains and go for whole grains. A 17% higher risk of diabetes is associated with eating five or more servings of white rice per week, compared to eating white rice less than once a month.
Instead of buying bottled tea, you can simply brew your iced tea at home to save money and even your waistline. Bottled teas can have more grams of sugar than a soda or slice of pie.
Tomato-based Pasta Sauces
A jar of spaghetti sauce will cost you about 1,000 Naira. That is much more than you will get a canned tomatoes. As such, it is best you make your own sauces from crushed or fresh tomatoes, especially when they are in season.
The easiest method is to put crushed tomatoes (canned or fresh) into a skillet, stir in some wine or wine vinegar, a little sugar, your favourite herbs, and whatever chopped vegetables you like in your sauce — peppers, onions, mushrooms, even carrots — and let simmer for an hour. Adjust the flavorings and serve.
It is better to stick to a cup of coffee to get the afternoon energy boost you require. Caffeinated beverages that seem harmless, usually have loads of sugar in them and some brands have even been linked to heart attacks, convulsion, and even death.
Gluten-free Baked Foods
If you aren’t diagnosed with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, keep in mind that gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Gluten-free baked goods like bread, cookies, and crackers are often packed with more refined flours, artificial ingredients, and sugar than traditional baked goods and they can cost twice as much as you’d normally spend.