It is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme “Go Further Food” was chosen because what you eat and how you eat can make a huge difference. Whether it’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, choosing the right foods can make you go further! The theme also has an environmental perspective. Preparing foods to go further at home and within the community can have a positive impact by helping reduce food loss and waste.
So what can you do? Many Americans, when asked, put eating healthy and getting healthy at the top of their list of priorities. But putting this into practice may be another story. Eating at home is a good choice and great start to eating healthier. For one, you can control the amount of sodium and unhealthy fats in your meals. You can also control portion sizes, which is good for your health and your grocery budget!
Food waste is a huge issue that Americans need to be aware of. According to the USDA, food waste is estimated at between 30-40% of the food supply. So think about it this way – if you buy five bags of groceries, two of those bags will go straight to the curb for garbage pick-up.
Here are some tips from eatright.org to help you cut down on waste:
• Plan meals based on foods you already have.
• Look in the refrigerator, freezer and pantry first for foods that need to be used up.
• Find recipes that use those ingredients.
• Write a list of the food items you still need.
• Buy only the amount of food that can be eaten or frozen within a few days.
• Place foods that spoil quickly within sight.
• Store produce properly.
Here are some other tips to help make your food go further:
• Learn how to properly can or dehydrate foods at home.
• Donate extra foods that are still safe to eat to a local food pantry.
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