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  • Writer's pictureYaa Boakye, RDN, CPT

3 Actionable Tips to Reduce Food Waste, Save Money, and Support the Planet

Are you tired of throwing away unused produce and wasting money on spoiled food? You're not alone. In fact, 30-40% of food in the United States is wasted each year.

But the good news is that there are easy and actionable steps you can take to reduce food waste, save money, and support the planet. In this post, we'll share three tips that you can start implementing today.

Use All Parts of Your Produce to Reduce Food Waste

Tip 1: Use all parts of your produce, not just the flesh or leaves.

For example, you can use the stems of kale or spinach in a smoothie to add extra nutrients and reduce waste. You can also use carrot tops to make pesto or pickled watermelon rinds for a tangy snack. Get creative and experiment with different parts of your produce. This tip can save you money by using up all the parts of your produce and reducing the need to buy additional ingredients.

Meal Prep Like a Pro to Reduce Food Waste

Tip 2: Meal prep like a pro to reduce food waste and save time.

By preparing meals ahead of time, you can use up all the ingredients you have on hand and reduce the risk of spoilage. Plus, you'll have healthy and delicious meals ready to go when you're short on time. One fun tip is to make a big batch of roasted veggies and store them in the fridge. Then, use them to make quick and easy fajitas or tacos throughout the week. It only takes 15 minutes to throw together! This tip can save you money by reducing food waste and the need to order takeout or eat out.

Donate Excess Produce to Reduce Food Waste

Tip 3: Donate excess produce to local food banks or shelters.

Not only will it reduce food waste and support the planet, but it will also help those in need. By donating your excess produce, you can avoid the cost of throwing away unused produce and support your local community. Plus, many food banks and shelters offer tax deductions for donations, so you can save money on your taxes while doing good for the environment and your community. To make it fun and sustainable, chop up any leftover fruits and veggies and add them to your sangria for a sustainable twist.

By following these actionable tips, you can reduce food waste, save money, and support the planet.

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