The old saying states, ‘eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper’, this of course is the answer to maintaining a healthy diet. With 63% of us believing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why is it that one million tonnes of breakfast foods which could have been eaten go into the bin (equivalent to almost £2 billion)? Are our eyes bigger than our stomachs or is it just down to lack of meal planning?
We’d like to believe it’s the latter, so to help us reduce the amount of waste we produce and to prevent us from throwing our pennies down the drain, we’ve pulled together some top tips for you.
- Lots of us plan our lunchtime and dinner meals before doing our weekly shop but why not plan our breakfasts too? Buying the right portions will certainly cut down on the amount of waste we produce.
- Make sure you check the fridge and cupboards before heading to the shops, you’ll be surprised what you can find in there. Re-using food you already have is really important and will save you doubling up on food.
- Make breakfast more interesting by adding new ingredients to your usual meals. These new ingredients don’t need to be expensive and we suggest adding nuts, seeds, chopped fruits or berries to your cereal, you could also try using flavoured yoghurt instead of milk. If you usually have toast for breakfast, try adding a sliced banana that’s starting to brown or leftover baked beans.
- Rustle up a tasty leftover fruit and yogurt smoothie if your fruit is starting to turn. Alternatively, why not buy frozen fruit from the local supermarket, pop it in the mixer and there you have it – a tasty chilled smoothie! Frozen fruit is thought to be more nutritious than fresh fruit too and it of course lasts longer – so why not give it a try?
- When you have a little more time over the weekend a relaxed cooked breakfast is a great opportunity to spend time with friends or family and use up any remaining food at the end of the week.
- Make pancakes with those leftover eggs or try an omelette with ingredients you’ve already got in the fridge – cheese, peppers, mushrooms, whatever’s there.
- Leftover potatoes can be turned into hash browns by slicing into chunks and frying with onions in butter.
- Don’t forget that if you cook too many sausages or rashers of bacon these can be kept in the fridge for up to two days afterwards as long as you reheat them thoroughly in the microwave.
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