Make Your Food Go Futher
March is National Nutrition Month! This year’s celebration is to ‘Go Further with Food.’ Registered Dietitian, Whitney Canfield, has a few tips and ideas to help you save money, reduce household food waste, and make your food go further!
- Look in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry first for foods that need to be used up. Find recipes with those ingredients.
- Buy only the amount of food that can be eaten or frozen within a few days. If you over purchase your foods, it will lead to a higher chance of wasting different items.
- Place foods that spoil quickly within sight, so it’s not forgotten, such as keeping fruits on the center table instead of a counter tucked away.
- Store produce properly. Some do best in the fridge whereas some do best on the counter. For example, bananas, citrus fruits, and tomatoes do best when stored on the counter. Berries, mushrooms, and spinach should be refrigerated.
- Get creative with leftovers! Ideas would be to transform leftover meals into soups, salads, or sandwiches. You can use leftover meats and veggies as toppings for salads or cooked grains or stuff them in a tortilla for a tasty wrap. Make sure your leftovers are heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F to prevent foodborne illness.
- Learn how to properly can or dehydrate foods at home. In the summer months when there are plenty of peaches or tomatoes, learning to can, will prepare you to have home-canned produce for the rest of the year.
- If you have extra foods that you know are not going to be consumed, think about donating those foods that are still safe to a local food pantry.
- Look into composting. Composting uses food scraps and certain leftovers that won’t be consumed to help create great soil to grow new produce.
- Start meal prepping your foods! You can make simple salads with the dressing on the side for the next work week, or start prepping by portioning out yogurt or cottage cheese and topping with fruits. Meal prepping can also mean putting some grapes, cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs, or celery and carrot sticks into individual baggies so you can grab and go with ease!
By following a few of these different tips, we can lessen the amount of food waste, and better nourish ourselves with the proper nutrition!