According to NRC data, 40 percent of food in the U.S. gets wasted annually. Think about the half package of bag lettuce that ends up in the garbage. You can start to reduce the amount of food tossed out with these three easy steps.
Long live leftovers
Leftovers are a great way to use foods in your fridge that otherwise would go to waste. Try to plan one meal per week that involves leftovers. Soups, casseroles and stir-fry are good ways to use leftover meat, veggies, beans, rice and pasta.
Freeze forgotten foods
Instead of throwing them away, put them in the freezer!
• Hotdog or hamburger buns - make garlic toast
• Bananas - Use frozen bananas in a smoothie bowl with our Dietician Pick of the Month, Performance Inspired Whey Protein.
• Deli meat or cheese
• Pasta sauce or tomato paste
Use misfit produce
We all know that many fruits and vegetables do not grow to perfect size, shape and color every time. That leaves up to 6 billion pounds of produce un-harvested or un-shipped every year. The MISFITS program is designed to find a home for this product. It is great quality and flavor, it just may be a little off-sized or misshaped.
• Misshaped fruits and vegetables are just as healthy and delicious as cosmetically acceptable produce.
• They are usually more affordable.
• Some of these items include peppers, cucumbers, squash, apples and tomatoes.
Strawberry banana smoothie bowl
2 Servings; Prep Time: 5 min
All you need:
• 1 banana, peeled and frozen
• 1 scoop vanilla bean Performance Inspired Performance Whey Protein
• 1 (5.3-ounce) non-fat Greek vanilla or strawberry yogurt
• 1/2 cup sliced strawberries or other fruit
• 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
• 1 teaspoon chia or hemp seeds
• Additional toppings, as desired
All you do:
• To a blender, add banana, whey protein powder and yogurt. Blend until smooth and pour into 2 bowls.
• Top with sliced strawberries, almonds, chia seeds. Add additional toppings as desired.
Nutrition Facts per serving: 250 calories, 4.5g fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 40mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate, 7g fiber, 18g sugar, 22g protein.
Daily Values: 0% vitamin A, 45% vitamin C, 15% calcium, 4% iron. Source: Hy-Vee Dietitians
Choose your own toppings:
Pick a fruit:
Whey protein powder
Make it crunch:
-- Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at email@example.com