Saving on fruits & veggies

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  For most Americans, more than 40 dollars in food per month ends up in the trash, but if you can reuse some of it, you can boost your budget!  Danielle Perry a nutritionist with Eagle Vision Nutrition gave us some tips.

Money and Time Saving Tips:

  • Average family of 4 throws away about 25-40% of their food
  • Buy CSA farm share (http://www.localharvest.org/csa/)
  • Take advantage of all they have to offer
  • Less than $30/wk and you receive produce that would cost between $80-$100/week from a farmer’s market or natural food store
  • Try new produce
  • Store extras
  • Use your freezer and ferment veggies to store them for later consumption
  • Buy local, pasture raised meat
  • Buy when sell by date is near (usually on sale), still good and you can freeze
  • If you have freezer space, invest on part of an animal with friends/family
  • Before shopping, take inventory of what you have
  • Try to come up with creative meals with the food you have before going shopping
  • Get creative! Combine parts of leftovers to create a new meal
  • Buy rice and beans in bulk. Cook a lot at a time and store in the freezer
  • Use freezer bags/containers to store food in the freezer

Most nutrient rich fruits and veggies:

  • Kale
  • Garlic
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Forage
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  • Avocado
  • Blueberries
  • Oranges
  • Coconut
  • Apple
  • Blackberries
  • Cranberries
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
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