Are you looking for quick and easy ways to curb the kilos? It’s time to eat clean via going green in the kitchen, baby! Sure, it ain’t easy being a greener cook in winter, when the decadent desserts scream your name and you feel like carb-loading until summer returns.
Never fear, dear reader – help is at hand here thanks to Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball brand home preserving products. Here, preserving ambassador Rebecca Sullivan (pictured) shares some healthier foodie habits we can all adopt to be more environmentally friendly:
- Buy local: Support a more sustainable food system by using fewer resources to move produce from farm-to-table. In fact, the closer to home the better! Shopping local also means fresher food and healthier production methods, which is handy if you’re watching your weight.
- Preserve leftovers: This green kitchen method of preserving any unused leftover produce not only reduces waste, but also helps to get the most out of your food. Foods which are preserved retain their taste and nutrients and can last in freshness for up to one year, giving you plenty of time to consume them.
- Grow your own: There’s so much satisfaction in growing and eating your own produce – I can personally attest to this one. Plus, this planet-saving kitchen habit will help you eat clean and green; fight the fat this winter; boost the flavour of your food; and reduce your waste by preventing you from over-buying food.
- Green grocer: Adopt more enviro-friendly grocery habits to prevent food wastage, which is incredibly problematic in Australia. The No.1 reason why food is thrown out is because we overestimate how much we need. Plan ahead: write yourself a list of only what you really need. In addition, reusable shopping bags will eliminate hundreds of plastic bags each household would ordinarily throw away each year.
- Clean green: There’s a myriad of eco-friendly cleaning products on the market, so make the change and move away from heavy-duty, chemical-based cleaning products. It’s better for you and the environment, sister. And, if you want to take green cleaning to the next level, you can also clean your counters and hand-wash dishes with white vinegar and baking soda.