Reducing Food Waste In and Out of Your Home

If there’s anything I hate, it’s wasting food. Goodness. When I find old leftovers in the fridge that we’ve forgotten about, and it’s covered in mold and I have to toss it, I get so agitated with myself. I hear the voice of my mom in my head after she sat dinner in front of us and we wrinkled our noses: “Children in Africa are starving. EAT!”

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Americans spend an average of 9.7% of their income on food with 5% for food at home and 4.7% for food away from home. Unfortunately, Americans also waste a lot of food with consumers throwing away one pound per day or 225-290 pounds a year according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Decreasing the amount of food that is thrown away not only benefits your household budget, saving you money, but also helps the environment reducing methane emissions and conserving energy and resources.

Sustainability Goals at Home

Reducing food waste is a sustainable business model that is currently trending among restaurants and food establishments. It can also be replicated at home considering that around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out each year worldwide.  

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3 Best Foods for Weight Loss: Delicious Recipes Included!

I’ll never forget the day that my husband told me (on a Sunday afternoon), “Hey, I’m gonna start the South Beach Diet tomorrow!” 

I was a bit surprised, but responded, “Oh, okay! You really want to do that? I mean, if that’s what you want to do, then go for it!”

He countered, “Yep, I think it’s just what I need to drop the few pounds I gained over the holidays. SO, here’s the book. You’ll need to to do my grocery shopping and make the recipes for me.”

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Do you wanna GUESS how THAT conversation ended?! HA! I am ALL for changing eating habits for the better, but I need a little bit of a notice, if you know what I mean!And motivation. Motivation is good, too!

If you are planning to start a diet with your family, you can boost the motivation for it by cooking some delicious low-calorie meals that contain the best foods for weight loss. That way, everyone starts to get used to some different tastes if they aren’t already! These special ingredients will ensure that you achieve your goals, and the recipes included in the article will allow you to enjoy this journey.

Broccoli

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The benefits of broccoli are many, say Live Science and multiple studies. This extraordinary plant makes you healthier overall, helps protect against cancer, and greatly improves your digestion. It’s the latter that makes it a great addition to a weight loss diet. Not only is broccoli rich in dietary fiber, which boosts heart health and cleanses your body. It also contains elements that improve the condition of gut bacteria. While your gut is healthy, you can process foods better, thus boosting the efficiency of your diet.

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Eating Like You’re On Vacation – How to Get Your Hands on These Tasty Maine Staples!

If you’re an avid traveler, you know that one of the best things about visiting the same spots over and over again is eating! Grabbing your favorite food, right?! The barbecue you’ll find in the South. The steaks you’ll find in the midwest. The vegan delights you’ll find on the west coast. We all have our favorites!  

But what if you could have your favorites straight from the places that make them famous…at your home, any time you wanted? Let’s take the state of Maine, for instance.

The state of Maine is known for its cuisine full of freshly-caught seafood, hearty potatoes, rich cream and generous portion sizes. If you are desperate to get a taste of Maine, here are three of their famous state dishes that you can get to eating right away:

Lobster Rolls

This Maine staple is beloved by locals and visitors alike — many tourists make it a goal to be found eating lobster rolls anytime they visit the state. The traditional lobster roll recipe is fairly simple because all you need is a white roll and a lobster salad made out of lobster meat, mayonnaise, chopped celery, lemon juice, parsley and seasonings. If you want to make your own lobster roll, you should go to the website Lobster Anywhere to have fresh lobster sent to your front door. They can bring Maine lobster to any state in the country in the span of twenty-four hours, including Alaska and Hawaii. The website is the best way to get fresh lobster delivered to you so that you can have the most delicious and authentic recipe possible on the same day that it arrives. When you’re done putting your classic lobster roll together, remember to serve it with a side of creamy coleslaw or a handful of salty french fries.  

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Clam Chowder

A traditional New England clam chowder recipe involves golden potatoes, thick bacon, heavy cream and of course, plenty of local clams. It’s always important for your recipe ingredients to be as fresh as you can get them—this is especially true when you are adding seafood to the mix. With the help of Lobster Anywhere, you can also get fresh steamer clams harvested from Harps well, Maine — these soft-shell clams will add a sweet, savory and subtle taste to a hearty chowder you’ll be able to appreciate from the first time you start eating. Remember to wash the clams before you start cooking by soaking them in cold water several times so none of the grit gets into the food.

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Eating Healthy on the Road

We’re coming up on Summer Vacation time, and with that comes lots of un-healthy eating. At least that’s what happens to us when we’re on the road! We get in a rush, or we don’t plan properly, and the next thing you know lunch is junk food from the gas station where we filled up the car! 

So when Nancy McCoy contacted me and told me she could help, I was all about it! Here’s a few tips from her to all of us…

When you have be on the road, there is a possibility that you’re going to think about fast food. However, just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you have to eat foods that are going to leave you feeling weak, tired, and bloated. You need to make good choices when it comes to food so you will have enough energy to enjoy your vacation. As athletes realize, healthy food and a lot of water can keep the level of your energy high, power your muscles, and make you recover quickly. The food you consume on the road is going to become your body’s travel fuel.

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Drink a lot of water

Yes, you need to drink the right amount of water every day, but this becomes very important when you are on the road. It is because there is a tendency for you to be rushed, be swayed from your routine, and forget to drink water. This is also an occurrence when you need to access a source of water, so make sure that you have a water bottle with you.

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On Trying New Restaurants When You’re Tired of Cooking

If you can believe it, these words came out of my mouth last night: “I’m just SO tired of COOKING!” My hubby sarcastically responded, “I can’t imagine why!” Let’s just say, between Thanksgiving, houseguests, now Christmas baking for gifts and gatherings, and it being my turn to take meals to those in our church who have had surgeries or new babies…mercy! My kitchen has been BUZZING! 

I knew I would have a reprieve over the weekend, as my husband normally likes to eat out at least once. In fact, that’s normally the hardest question we ask of one another: “Where do you want to eat?” “I don’t care…where do YOU want to eat?!” I guess if that’s the hardest part of our week, we’ll survive, right?!

But here lately we’ve been trying out some new places! And one of my favorite resources when finding said eateries is none other than Groupon!

For instance, we discovered The Gourmet Pizza Company over in Tampa a couple of months ago!

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And just last month we enjoyed BJ’s Brewhouse over in Orlando. 

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