An average family of four wastes about $1500 worth of food every year, according to the USDA. That seems downright shocking--until you think of all those half-eaten apples, discarded sandwich crusts, and untouched veggies that many kids leave behind. Even if you're not one of the many American families who struggle with food security, most of us are still on budgets, so cutting back on what we throw away just makes good sense.
There are lots of simple things you can do as a family to fight food waste. Here are some strategies I use in my own kitchen, as well as tips I gathered from the parents in my Real Mom Nutrition Facebook community. Maybe some of these will work for your family too.
Do you have any tips to add to the list?
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian, educator, and mom of two who blogs at Real Mom Nutrition. She is the author of The Snacktivist's Handbook: How to Change the Junk Food Snack Culture at School, in Sports, and at Camp—and Raise Healthier Snackers at Home. She also collaborated with Cooking Light on Dinnertime Survival Guide, a cookbook for busy families. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. In her spare time, she loads and unloads the dishwasher. Then loads it again.