I will admit. I am cheap. I like to save money and I really hate wasting things especially when it comes to food. It seems my grocery bill gets higher and higher with less in the bags. So when I go for the good stuff like fresh organic produce I want to make sure I am using every last morsel. Here are some tips that I use to make sure I am using up what I buy before it goes bad.
Frozen bananas are great for smoothies, baking and making a low fat ‘ice=cream’ like treat. Frozen spinach can be kept for smoothies and sneaking into meatloaf and meatballs. Even fresh herbs can be blended with olive oil and frozen for later use. When I feel something is getting close to its end date and I don’t like it will be used soon I throw it into the freezer to have on hand later.
I love fresh produce but as one of four in my family that eats most of the veggie part of it I know I can’t go overboard shopping at the store. Each week, I try to stick to 2-3 fruits and veggies that I know have a shorter shelf life (berries, spinach) 2-3 that have a longer shelf life (apples, oranges, squashes) and then buy frozen items so I know I always have something on hand (Broccoli and brussels sprouts are my favorite).
Plan meals for what you have, not what you want
Take a look in your fridge and see what needs to be used up and base your meals off of that. I have gotten creative with stir-fries, omelets, soups and crockpot meals just based on the veggies I had on hand. I have found the end products to be fascinating, but my husband might beg to differ.
In the end, the important thing is that you are eating your veggies and not throwing away those important nutrients to fuel your body. What are your favorite ways to save the veggies? Any favorite recipes to share?
Fitness Coach Sarah Ward is a full time mom who admits it has taken almost 40 years to like vegetables. She is passionate about helping others find what they need in their lives to achieve the best life they can with clean eating and daily movement. You can follow her thoughts or food adventures on Facebook or Instagram at Lifestyle Forward.