March is National Nutrition Month! The theme for 2018 is “Go Further with Food.” It reminds us that the food we choose is not only an opportunity to benefit our health, but also to save money and reduce our food waste.
Here are some tips to “Go Further with Food”:
Eat a variety: Include sources from all food groups regularly throughout the week to be sure you are eating all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
Be mindful: Eat and drink the right portion sizes for your body. This will not only help you maintain a healthy weight, but will also help you stretch your dollar!
Plan ahead: Before grocery shopping, check your refrigerator for food you already have. Buy only enough that you plan to use or freeze within the next few days to prevent spoilage and reduce food waste.
- Shop with purpose! Always make a grocery list, comparing what you have at home with what you need. Buy only the amount that can be used or frozen within a few days based on your meal plan and include a variety of healthful options from all food groups.
- Maximize leftovers. Cut up leftover meats and vegetables and transform leftover meals into soups, salads or sandwiches.
- Freeze extra food, such as fruits or meats to extend life. Date frozen foods and use the oldest food first.
- Recycle! Make sure you separate items for recycling and consider composting food scraps.
Not sure how long food stays good for? Download USDA’s FoodKeeper App – a Tool for Smart Food Storage!