Some of you may already already know, however for those of you that don’t, I am taking part in weekly challenges with AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes one week at a time to become healthier and happier!
This week its all about wasting less food.
This one is something I have been particularly looking into as we are taking part in a National Average Food Spend Challenge with NatWest in line with their Cost of Raising A Child Calculator later this week so having been looking at ways to cut down on food waste here is why we all ought to try it:
According to the Website Love Food Hate Waste we actually throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink waste each and every year from out of our homes and adding to the overall 15 million tonnes of food waste overall!
Now for me I find this utterly dire, not only the wasted money for the consumer but also the wasted time and effort to produce the food but also the carbon footprint it took to make it impacting on the environment! …. truly shocking!
So here are some Idea’s I use to cut our food waste:
Meal Plan & Write A List!
Menu planning has been high on our priority lists (excuse the pun) for a while, being on a weight loss journey I had been struggling with make the right choices so found that meal planning not only eliminated eating stodgy food (most of the time) it also saved us around £60 a months on wasted foods.
Stick to the list!
Even if the buy one get one frees are winking at you from afar!!
Don’t throw it away in haste!
Softening veg can still be used in soups or stews or even chopped and frozen to add into something at a later date. Fruit that is just past its best is great for smoothies or I even add it to thinks like jellies!
Rotate, Rotate, Rotate
Rotating is something I do automatically as I worked for a store in my youth and with my OCD tendencies it is something that I know I am anal about but other people have said in the past they don’t and have ended up chucking loads of stuff in the past!
Again this is something we made an effort to do 2 years ago when we downsized all our dinner plates! .. no more eyes bigger than our belly’s here.
Most foods and fluids can be frozen, we freeze things like bread, milk and even cheese! I have even been known to batch cook meals if ingredients are starting to spoil so I can use them up and then freeze the meal for another time.
So do you take steps already to cut down your family’s food waste? if so I would love to hear them …
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings, in which I have been compensated. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse