Are you tired of throwing out perfectly good food? As a nutrition and health
educator, I’m here to tell you that food waste is bad for the environment and
for your health!

Did you know that in the US alone, we waste around 40% of our food supply?
That’s a staggering amount of food that could be repurposed and reused in
creative ways. By reducing food waste, we can help reduce greenhouse gas
emissions and save money on our grocery bills.

One of the best ways to reduce food waste is to repurpose leftovers. Instead
of throwing out that extra chicken from last night’s dinner, why not turn it
into a tasty chicken salad for lunch today? You can also turn leftover
vegetables into a delicious soup or stir-fry.

Another way to reduce food waste is to plan your meals ahead of time. By
doing so, you can buy only what you need and avoid buying too much food
that will go to waste.

And don’t forget about composting! Composting is a great way to turn food
waste into nutrient-rich soil for your garden. Not only does it reduce waste,
but it also helps to create a more sustainable food system.

Remember, Planning is Key to sticking to a budget you can afford while
reducing food waste and being good to our planet. So, let’s all do our part to
reduce food waste and repurpose our leftovers. Not only will it benefit the
environment, but it will also benefit our health and wallets. Let’s get creative
in the kitchen and see what delicious dishes we can come up with!

Kelly Alarcon, BSNS, California State University, Long Beach and Food Finders
Nutrition Educator, is passionate about showing others the path to wellness
through nutrition while reducing hunger and food waste.