Waste NOT can help your WAIST!

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Just read an article on how much food we waste. It is estimated everyday americans waste enough food to fill the rose bowl stadium. WOW!

So last week I started to pay attention to how much edible food my family squander.  I was just amazed! I thought I was pretty frugal! Now this was not a scientific experiment but it was enough for me to realize how much money I am throwing away weekly.  Especially because I try to buy fresh and depending on school and sports schedules sometimes the fresh produce does not get consumed and just rots in my refrigerator.  So this week I am on a mission to waste less!

My biggest house hold waste tends to be fruit.  I really try to judge how much to purchase each week but we all know with schedules and picky kids it does not always get eaten.  So this week I started freezing fruit in small quantities to use for future recipes. Plus having frozen fresh foods on hand is better for my health and waist line!

Freezing Fruit:  After washing the fruit, I remove all skin and seeds depending on the kind of fruit.  Then I portioned the fruit into one cup portion sizes.  Then I transferred the fruit to a small zip lock bags and labeled and date.  Some fruits like apples, pears and bananas will darken which does not bother me but there are techniques you can use with ascorbic acid to preserve your fruits. Also some fruits like oranges, lemons and limes, I puree with a little water and freeze in ice-cube trays.  After frozen in the trays I put in zip lock bags for later use.   Remember air leads to loss of flavor so the more air you can remove the better.  I prefer to freeze in zip lock bags rather than plastic containers, I find it is easier to remove the air.

Then it is ready to use anytime. The frozen fruit is great for smoothies.  Even use to make a sorbet or bake with!  I love it on my oatmeal!

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About healthyhappy50ish

Most important a mom & wife! Have 3 wonderful daughters and a happy marriage. I am in the 50ish category and sandwiched between young kids in middle school and aging parents. I am passionate about healthy living and feel this would be a great way to share my experiences. It is a scary thought I am an AARP card-carrying member and over 50 years have gone by!! Do not feel over 30, but when I look around me I want my friends and myself to enjoy life to the fullest. I do not want my kids to wipe my bottom in the future!! I want go out moving enjoying life,family,friends and of course wine. I also felt this was also a way to share myself to my kids once they want to listen and read my blogg. Someday they my see my motherly advice had some value! Most of all I am doing this because I love my family and my self and needed to have an avenue to express my thoughts and ideas!!

2 responses to “Waste NOT can help your WAIST!”

  1. Haleigh says :

    Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I agree that we as Americans tend to waste a lot of food. Before I moved overseas, I would throw away tons of food without a second thought. When I lived in Sweden, it was a serious cultural faux pas to waste any type of food. Especially with the older generation because of the war.

  2. startingoveringermany says :

    Your are a woman from my own heart. I love it how your freeze your fruits to not make them go bad so quickly. I do too with some of my fruits and vegetables. As you already know I also make sauces from what I know for sure will not be use quickly enough unless if it is use for sauces.

    Before my husband and I went on a diet tons of food over $50 worth would be thrown out every week. Since we have been on a diet we go shopping ever two weeks and it is mostly for fresh food and dairy. My freezer is loaded with peppers already slices, slice cinnamon apple ready to be bake for snack, chop up broccoli, cauliflower, and leeks. When we use to eat eggs, I would boil them and freeze them. But we cut out eggs out our diet and only use eggs when I need to make something special as part of the ingredients.

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