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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual National Nutrition Month ® is here!  This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.”  We all can take a step forward in preventing food waste in our own homes.

Here are 4 tips to go further with your food and reduce waste identified by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics NNM Presentation:

1. Plan meals with the food you have in house already and prepare meals in advance

  • Base your recipes from these food and shop with a list

2. Purchase only the amount of food you can eat or freeze within a few days to reduce food waste

  • Place produce within sight
  • Ensure produce is stored properly if refrigeration is necessary

3. Add a creative twist to your leftovers

  •       Make leftover meals into soups, salads, or sandwiches

sandwich on whole wheat bread


  •       If you have leftover meats or veggies, add them on top of salad greens or cooked whole grains

4. Practice mindful eating

  • Start with smaller portions
  • When out to eat, ask for a to-go-container before the meal, split a meal, or order smaller sizes of foods and drinks

Why would you want to reduce food waste? Not only are you wasting food, but you will be wasting money and nutrients! It not only affects your pocket, but it impacts the whole food supply chain, economy, and does not promote sustainability.

If you are not good at shopping with a list, try it a couple times to see if it helps. Want to be more creative in the kitchen? Experiment with the foods you have and see what you can make. When in doubt, give it a try! Figure out what works for you to help reduce food waste in your household and “Go Further with Food” this March during National Nutrition Month ®.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


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Hello! I am a Registered Dietitian and have been the Nutrition Specialist at Great Harvest since July 2017. I grew up on Great Harvest bread and was interested in nutrition at a young age. I pursued my passion for nutrition at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. That same year I moved West to complete my dietetic internship at Montana State University. When the opportunity to stay in Montana and work at the Great Harvest Franchise, Inc. office presented itself, I could not pass it up. I could not be happier with the amazing, generous franchise team and the bakery owners I work with!