Healthy food habits are important. A habit sticks with you for a long time. So starting early when your kids are still young can ensure they learn to appreciate food diversity. Many adults struggle with vegetables or fruits because they didn't grow up eating many of those. Therefore, parents play a significant role in building the foundation for healthy adults. Introducing a vegetarian day can also be hugely beneficial. The global consumption of meat and fish needs to drop to reduce climate change impacts. Besides, most people don't consume enough vitamins and minerals. Consequently, a weekly vegetarian meal can improve your diet and nourish the body.
Finally, another fantastic tip for a healthy day is to start with a good breakfast. Too many Americans skip breakfast and turn to high-calorie snacks to maintain their energy levels.
But have you ever considered taking a healthy approach to food management? Here are some healthy tips for smart food management ideas.
Don't waste unused ingredients
What happens to ingredients that need to be discarded as part of a recipe? Some recipes, for instance, call for extra egg yolks. It's not uncommon to throw the egg whites down the sink. However, you can find ways of using the whites to reduce food waste. A low-calorie omelet with egg whites only is a fantastic protein-packed breakfast idea. If you've got a sweet tooth, you can use your egg whites in a meringue recipe.
How about sourdough leftover from your sourdough starter? Most people are left with unused discard without knowing what to do with it. The good news: It tastes amazing in recipes! Check out this sourdough discard donut recipe that will taste amazingly light and fluffy.
Leftover lunch meal
Unless you are attentive to food portions, you might find it hard to avoid leftovers from your meals. Leftovers, however, are not a bad thing. You can pack them into lunch boxes for yummy and quick meals on the go. Bento boxes are a favorite when it comes to repurposing leftovers. The possibilities are endless. Use a star-shaped cutter to turn your leftover pizza into an exciting school lunch. Shred your leftover meat to use in a sandwich or a salad the next day. The bottom line: Don't waste food or throw it away. Keep using it in fun and exciting ways.
If you are not familiar with banchan, these are Korean side dishes. Banchan can be especially useful when you are left with small quantities of fresh and uncooked ingredients. Imagine, for instance, that you've got a zucchini left from your grocery shopping. It’d tough to use only one zucchini. But with banchan, you can make a variety of side dishes in small quantities. The egg-fried zucchini recipe is a winner every single time. A typical Korean feast includes a handful of small side dishes with a bowl of rice per guest. Leftover raw zucchini, spinach, cucumber, eggplant, cabbage, and much more can find a new purpose in the kitchen! It's the perfect way of turning your veggies into a treat without needing to buy additional ingredients.
Learning smart ways to make your ingredients work harder will teach your children an important lesson about the value of food. We purchase and waste too much as a country. Preventing food waste starts with your cooking habits.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.