12 Tips For Eating Healthy On A Budget

Feeding a family can be an expensive so it’s unfortunate when unused food goes to waste. More than 1/3 of food produced globally is wasted or spoiled. Americans throw away up to 40% of the food they buy, and organic matter in landfills provides 20% of methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes considerably to climate change. Maximizing the food you buy is not only about combating waste, it is just good common sense. Here are some tips that can help:

1. Fresh herbs often come in larger quantities than a cook can use before they go bad. Instead of letting the unused portions go to waste, chop up leftover herbs, measure into ice cube trays with water, and freeze to make lovely herb-infused ice cubes! Toss a few cubes into soups and stews or mix with butter for sautéing vegetables and meats.

2. Propagate your produce! If your potatoes have “eyes” or look less than fresh, consider planting them in the ground. Grow potatoes indoors in winter if you live in a cold climate, then plant outdoors in spring. Herbs can be placed in water until roots grow and potted for the rest of the season.

3. Live on, bananas! Wrap the stems of separated bananas with plastic wrap to extend their life

4. Freeze staples work. Everyone knows to buy certain foods in bulk… Read more»

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