People choose to “go green” for a number of different reasons. There are also a number of different actions people take to help preserve the environment. Being green is not an “all or nothing” type of action. With this in mind, here are a few suggestions that you can follow to start living green.
• Cook more meals at home. By planning meals and snacks in advance, you can save money and eat healthier. When eating at home, there is less food waste and more family engagement. Today’s dinner could be tomorrow’s lunch. Don’t know what to cook? Check out dinnertonight.tamu.edu.
• Support local farmers. By shopping for food locally, your produce may be fresher and more nutritious. Also, your money goes directly to the grower! If you are interested in buying locally check out the local Farmer’s Markets.
• Eat less processed foods. Eating less snack foods and such as chips, sodas, and sweets will reduce your sodium, fat and sugar intake. Eating less processed foods will reduce trash and can help keep money in your wallet. Make switches in your diet by cooking foods from scratch or preparing slow-cooked meals.
• Bring your own bottle. It costs energy and resources to make the cans and bottles sold in vending machines. Save money and calories by using refillable bottles. Fill with water, tea, or beverages of your choice!
• Reduce food waste. Planning meals in advance helps you to identify the foods you need to buy at the grocery store. Buying only what you need can help you save money and reduce food spoilage. Also, planning meals in advance may reduce the number of times you eat out during the week.
If you need more information on living green or ways to save money in the kitchen, contact Maggie Jover, at 940-349-2882.
Educational programs conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.