March is National Nutrition Month: It's Time to Go Further with Food
The U.S. Academy of Nutrition wants to see the public embrace their 2018 theme “Go Further with Food” encouraging us to watch our wallets as well as our waistlines
According to the USDA, each year, nearly 31 percent of edible food is wasted in the U.S. Further, they report that American households throw away about 28 percent of their fruits and vegetables, up to an estimated $371 a year in food wastage per person.
Change Our Ways
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants us to change our wasteful ways. This year, thanks to their "Go Further with Food” program, the Academy wants to help Americans find ways to cut back on food waste and lower their grocery bills. The program is part of the Academy's annual March is National Nutrition Month campaign to challenge Americans to make healthy food choices and increase their physical activity.
The Academy cites a number of critical objectives in ending food waste including improved access to sustainable crops, increased efficiency and lower costs in farming, improved conservation of natural resources, reduction of greenhouse gases, and improved nutrition for consumers whose savings can be used to purchase vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables.
Top Five Ways to Cut Back on Food Waste
We enjoy food, and there is nothing as fulfilling as finding new ways to introduce new dishes to our vegan friends and family. Since we are constantly testing and improving our recipes, we are always looking for ways to stretch our budget.
Here’s the list of our Top Five Ways to Cut Back on Food Waste:
1.Check your refrigerator and cupboards before shopping and use what you already have
2.Freeze leftovers and extra portions (fruits, vegetables and grains) in freezer bags
3.Keep a black permanent magic marker in your plastic bag drawer to label and date all frozen bags
4.Use white labels to mark the open date on all jarred foods and plastic food organizers
5.Of course, when possible, plan your family meals for the week