vegetables in the garbageI am a big fan of NPR. I tend to listen to it when I’m driving, riding my bike, or sewing. I like hearing the news, listening to various shows such as Diane Rehm, Fresh Air, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. I also enjoy listening to Click and Clack banter back and forth on Car Talk. My vocabulary is challenged by the hosts and audience on A Way with Words.

As I was sewing last night and listening to Marketplace, I heard an interesting fact. According to The American Chemistry Council,  Americans are throwing away about $640 of food on average each year.

Which made me wonder? What do I throw away most often? I rarely throw away leftovers. I don’t think I’ve ever had to throw away a bag of chips or a box of cereal. Hank drinks our milk before it has time to go bad. In fact, he finished off the buttermilk the other day because it was getting close to it’s drink by date.

You know what I throw away most often? Herbs, fruits, and veggies. I tend to buy more than we actually eat, and this is worse, there are lots of times that I never get around to making the recipe for which I bought the veggies. And every time I throw fruits and veggies away, I’m thinking that I’m throwing away vitamins, minerals, fiber that is filled with flavor! It’s food that actually feeds my body what it needs!

So, what’s a girl to do? I could plan better, eat what’s here instead of going out, or throw those veggies into the blender and make a smoothie.

What about you? What is it that you are throwing away? Could you come up with a back-up plan for those foods?

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