Eating Green - Good for You and the Environment

Eating Green: Good for You and Good for the Environment!

Making small, meaningful and "greener" changes to your eating and shopping habits can have positive effects on you, your diet and the environment too! A win-win all round.

Use a Shopping ListThen, before you go shopping, make an inventory of everything you need for preparing healthy meals at home for the week. Once you have a plan for your meals your list will keep you on track in the store, eliminating impulse buying and keeping you on your healthy eating focus.

Be a "Bag-Lady"–Since plastic bags are getting hard to find in some areas and paper bags cost us trees, think canvas! Make a canvas bag yourself and decorate with your favorite logos, teams, or whatever you enjoy. A great way to get the kids involved too! Don't sew, that's ok since most grocery stores make them available for purchase near the checkout stand. The canvas bags are also sold online. Be creative, supportive or just practical!

Give Up the Bottle! – Americans buy billions of plastic water bottles every year, and every year those same billions of empty bottles get thrown in the trash. Purchase a new neoprene bottle or metal travel cup instead. To avoid tap water which probably has chemicals not good for us, use a water-filtering system or a filtered pitcher.

Buy Local – Buying locally grown fruits and vegetables at a farmer's market gives you fresh food in season. Soups, salads and casseroles filled with the variety of fruits and vegetables that are offered locally. Buying locally also helps to cuts down on the environmental costs associated with transporting produce to your community from great distances.

Buy Organic- Eating organically grown fruits and vegetables is also a good way to not only reduce your exposure to pesticides but help reduce the runoff and pollutants from "toxic" farming that can contaminate our water, soil, and air. Better for you and the planet!

Get a new Hobby- Be a Mini- Farmer – By starting your own vegetable garden you can plant the vegetables that you like that grown well in your area. Use a small corner of your yard or if space is limited, start small with a planter box, nutrient rich soil, and a few seeds of your favorite vegetable. Enjoy your new hobby and bragging rights for the biggest tomatoes in the neighborhood!

Cook Efficiently– Make a lot of fresh salads and eat fresh locally grown fruits. Also,you can speed up cooking times by covering pots since the lid will keep the heat in and will quickly bring your dish to the correct temperature.

Clean Up Easily- Run the dishwasher only when it is full, using a biodegradable detergent. Use a full basin of water (no running water) and a biodegradable dish detergent if you are doing any hand washing for small items.

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