This is part of a series I’ve been creating for Azumio. Azumio is an app company dedicated to improve health and wellness by tracking sleep and steps, monitoring your glucose levels and heart rate, and providing exercise libraries and routines.
It’s happened to all of us: you get a little excited at the grocery store or farmers market and you come home with a little more than you planned for for that week. Or, you had grand plans to cook almost every dinner at home and plans drastically changed and you’re not actually home to cook everything you bought. Or, you meal prepped like a pro but didn’t get a chance to eat any of it. Any of those scenarios aside, your fridge is overflowing with food, just waiting to be cooked or enjoyed and day by day, wilting or maybe starting to go bad.
This can lead to throwing out food (and money) that never got used or enjoyed. Food waste is a bigger problem than you would think. Each year, Americans waste an average of 25% of the food they buy. Food gets wasted in several ways: by spoilage (more for perishables), overbuying, not planning, or overcooking and not eating all of the leftovers.
You can easily help cut down your food waste and save your money by meal planning, making a shopping list and sticking to it, cooking the right amount of food for the week, and by using your freezer.