The average American wastes almost half of their food every year, and waste $165 billion dollars annually. That’s roughly $2,275 wasted for a family of four. What could you do with just a little of that wasted money? Plane tickets for your family? A small project in your house? Car payments for a year?
That’s why I joined the Eco Eats Challenge. To make more progress toward a life that reflects my values– of health, of love for the environment, families, communities, and of local economies.
This challenge is to celebrate and inspire healthy, sustainable eating. It’s time to get informed, and choose good food. Do it for the health of your body, your loved ones, and the environment. The more we all do, the bigger the impact. So invite your friends along to do their One Small Act!
My girls and I headed to our local CSA farm to pick some fresh raspberries before the frost (this is Vermont, after all!). We found some juicy, tasty berries. They were on their way out, though, and were just about spoiling in the fridge. I quickly put them in a bag and froze them for smoothies and sauces. Whew! Sometimes I miss this window to freeze food before it spoils. Glad I caught this one. Our bananas too, a batch that is going brown fast needs to be frozen for later banana bread tastiness.
I also got some basil from the CSA– and will make some pesto (with spinach thrown in– a true super food) and freeze it in ice cube trays for local, tasty winter eating. These never last as long as I would like them too. Want more local eating ideas without the toxins? Check out my book– Eat Non-Toxic.
Ever see bread at a 2 for 1 deal? Or don’t eat a baguette the same day. You can freeze it (my friend would be proud).
Pick your Eco Eats Challenge on the One Small Act page and let me know what you picked. You can select from a variety of simple challenges to make progress toward healthier, more environmentally responsible eating. I hope you will join me!
Are you interested in ‘eco-eating’? NBC’s Green is Universal is hosting an “Eco Eats” sweepstakes from September 29 – October 17. To join, visit their free green-living tool, One Small Act, and join the “Eco Eats” challenge. Everyone who signs-up and tackles at least one action by October 17th will be entered to win one of five 6-month subscriptions to NatureBox. No Purchase Necessary. Must be US resident and 18+. Read official rules here.
Note: In exchange for participating in the challenge and writing this post, I was given a gift package from Green is Universal. All opinions here are still my own.