Growing Up Fit: Minimizing food waste at home

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - March is National Nutrition Month and this year's focus is on education about food waste and ways to minimize it at home.

Food waste happens when an edible item is not eaten, like when a food spoils or gets thrown out. Food waste can cause us to lose money and nutrients and while not all wasted food can be saved and eaten, a lot of it can be prevented, especially at home.

The Pitt County Health Department has the following tips:

-Planning meals in advance is a great place to start. You can choose recipes based on the foods you already have at home, which allows you to utilize ingredients before they spoil and saves you money.

-It can be hard to resist a sale, but try to buy only the amount of food that can be eaten or frozen within a few days. By making a grocery list and sticking to it, you can avoid buying things you don’t need.

-Be creative with leftovers. Leftovers don’t have to be eaten in the same way they were first served. You can add leftover meat or vegetables to a soup, salad, or sandwich.

-Be mindful of portion sizes. Choosing smaller portions can help reduce food waste while helping you stay within your calorie needs. When eating out, ask for a to-go box at the beginning of the meal. This can help you eat less and means you have a meal to enjoy tomorrow.

Don't forget, If you have unopened non-perishable items that you aren’t going to eat, you can donate those items to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Be sure to watch the attached video for more!