Stop wasting time and money on food that ends up getting thrown away and learn how to properly grocery shop and cook the right amount of food for you! With financial wellness being this month’s wellness theme, these tips will help save you money, reduce waste and keep you on track to reach your nutrition goals.
- Plan out your meals before heading to the grocery store. This should help keep you from overbuying, as well as give you a good picture of the ingredients you will be using. If you are craving butternut squash, work it into multiple meals to decrease waste. If you didn’t have time to write a list or meal plan before going to the store, write down what you bought when you get home and post it in the kitchen. Look at this list for inspiration when you don’t know what to cook for dinner!
- Frozen fruits and vegetables are your friends, not enemies. Vegetables can be boiled or steamed and added to any dish, while fruit can be added to oatmeals, smoothies and more. Use what you want and put the rest back in the freezer without waste. Properly stored, they can last in the freezer for up to 4 months.
- Buy single servings of meat or fish servings from the meat counter. If you prefer to still purchase animal proteins in bulk, individually package them in freezer bags and store them in the freezer to be defrosted as needed.
- Spice things up with seasonings and marinades. Don’t let the same old chicken dish get you down. Add different seasonings and marinades to add variety to your go-to recipes.
- Clean out your fridge weekly. This will alert you to the food you may have forgotten about and need to cook up before it spoils. It may also remind you of something you ran out of and need to pick up!
- Get creative with leftovers. Make a pizza with leftover vegetables, add brown rice to your leftover stir fry, or freeze leftover soup for another day! The possibilities are endless and can be as simple as adding last night’s leftover roasted sweet potato to tomorrow’s salad for lunch.