Recently, I’ve become much more aware of how important healthy alternatives to your favorite foods and dishes are to all of you. The good news? Most of what you can buy at the supermarket can easily be made at home – and you’ll be able to choose every ingredient yourself.

Below are 10 of my favorite DIY Convenience Food swaps, both savory and sweet. Enjoy!

Chocolate Nougat Crème (Nutella)

Homemade DIY Clean Nutella

Everyone knows Nutella isn’t exactly the healthiest food on the planet – but not everyone knows that you can make your own healthier version at home! ;-)

Vegetable Stock

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Make-Your-Own Vegetable Stock Powder: Three Ways (No Sugar or Yeast)

Store-bought vegetable stock powders often contain sugar and other flavor enhancers. Fortunately, a cleaner version is super easy to make! Since I use lots of broth when I’m cooking, I like to have a lot on hand – so I usually whip up a huge batch of stock powder once a year, which also saves a ton of time. 

Jam

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Healthy Strawberry-Chia Jam

Jam usually consists almost entirely of sugar; but in this Chia Jam, the fruit alone is sweet enough!

Ice Cream

Nicecream: Vegan Banana Ice Cream

Ice cream also usually contains a lot of white sugar, but banana-based vegan “nice cream” is sweetened only with the banana’s naturally occurring fructose.

Ramen and Instant Noodles

Healthy Eating at the Office: Instant Ramen Noodles (Vegan & Gluten-free)

Store-bought instant noodles are loaded with chemicals – check out my simpler, de-junked version!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

The American obsession has made its way over to our side of the pond – and unfortunately, it’s loaded with sugar. Make your own sugar-free PSL – with actual pumpkin! – at home!

Veggie Chips

DIY Veggie Chips

Who doesn’t love chips? Strangely, a lot of chips here in the EU contain sugar – even though they’re supposed to be savory! The solution? Make your own. :-)

Instant Oatmeal / Porridge

Instant Oatmeal / Porridge

I love instant porridge from the organic supermarket – but they’re usually expensive, and very often they contain lots of added sweetener. This homemade alternative, made with pure vanilla powder, leaves all those sugars out.

Granola

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Basic Recipe: No-Sugar Granola

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Apple Cinnamon Buckwheat Granola

It’s the same with store-bought granola: it’s loaded with sugar. My alternatives contain some coconut syrup to add crunch to the granola, but you can also leave it out if you’d prefer.

Recipes for ketchup (regular ketchup and curry ketchup!), mayonnaise, and remoulade can be found in my book Clean Eating Basics; you’ll also find healthy alternatives for burgers, pizza, cakes, and more!

What other classic convenience foods would you love to see Clean Eating versions of?

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