The Queen of Easy Green™: Weight less, waste less
The New Year’s here and if you are like me, you are yet again embarking on the quest to lose a bit of weight. Well, rather than subscribing to the gym, or giving up my favourite treats, this year I am planning to lose weight by slimming my bin…
As the Queen of Easy Green™, I am passionate about saving time, money and waste and this year, I’ve been looking at how by reducing my food waste, I can reduce my waistline at the same time. Here are my simple, econvenient, slimming tips:
Over preparing and cooking not only leads to an expanding waistline, but increases edible food waste too.
By preparing and cooking only what you will eat, you will not only be able to keep track of your calorie intake, you will save time, money and waste too. But how do you know how much is the right amount, well a simple and free way to do this is to use your hands. Here is a simple guide to help you get the portions right:
- A clenched fist is the recommended portion size of fruit or veg, cereal and bread
- A rounded handful – half a portion of rice or pasta, and a full serving of chips
- The palm of your hand for your protein, meat, chicken or fish
- A thumb tip for butter and mayonnaise
Downsize your dishes
Did you know that the average dinner plate is 12 inches in diameter, yet 30 years ago, it was only ten inches – no wonder it is estimated that we are over-eating 500 calories a day more than we did then.
By downsizing your plates, you will automatically serve up less and in turn eat less. Also, fussy eaters in the family will waste less if a smaller portion is initially served.
Make the most of your leftovers
Another way to keep your portion sizes in check, is to serve up just what you need then immediately put any leftovers into food containers ready for storing. By storing this extra food immediately and by keeping the serving dishes out of sight, you will reduce the temptation to help yourself to a second serving.
This takes me neatly onto the next point, when the leftovers are stored in the containers for use later, keep the portion sizes right. To ensure that you will only reheat the exact portion size you need, put the leftovers into separate individually-sized, reusable storage containers and label. That way you can be sure that all of your frozen food is the right portion size for you and you will know precisely when it was first stored, making sure you eat it in time.
Finally, a tip that keeps the cost down too, when buying pre-packaged food, such as biscuits, crisps etc, buy a full-size bag then portion them into single serving reusable containers when you get home. That way you’ll get the cost saving of the bulk buy, whilst also making sure you only eat the correct portion size. This works great with ‘buy one, get one free’ offers too – just portion them when you get home and freeze, you will always have food at hand whenever you need it and you’ll know for sure it’s just the right portion for you.
Have your got any more tips you;d like to share? I’d love to hear them so just leave a comment below!
Good luck and here’s to a less waist-ful new year!
About the author
Lyndsey Young, The Queen of Easy Green™, is a busy working mum and inventor. Her passion is eco easy design, inventions, innovative products and ideas that can help save time, money and waste in the home. Every fortnight, Lyndsey will be sharing her fun, practical easy-green tips and advice, as well as reviewing her latest green-living product finds. Eco-curious? To find out more, pop over to her website at www.queenofeasygreen.co.uk, follow her on Twitter @mummypreneur, become a fan of Queen of Easy Green on Facebook or visit www.countonit.co.uk.