By Katie Mazzia MS, RD, CDE (Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator)
#1) USDA Organic or Not?
Spend your extra cash on the “Dirty Dozen” and save some money to buy regular produce from the “Clean 15”. Check out this link for a complete list.
#2) Eat Local and Seasonal
The closer you buy to home, the more nutrition and less environmental impact. A pear from Peru used a lot of petroleum and was picked many months ago. Find a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for the summer and support your local farmer and economy or grow your own! Then, freeze or can extra for the winter months.
#3 Buy Less and in Bulk
We throw away a lot of the food we buy (some resources say up to 40%) and also purchase things in tiny little packages. Eat more from home and plan your meals for less waste.
Use gel flasks, powdered sports drink or make your own. Try real food in place of gels: dried fruits, honey or homemade bars are just as easily digested.
Homemade sports drink from “Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook or available on her new app: Recipes for Athletes.
#4) Reduce Red Meat, Poultry, Turkey, Fish, Pork, Lamb etc.
Choose grass-fed, ethically raised animals, eggs and sustainable fish or wild game. You don’t need to be vegetarian or vegan to eat less meat. Just 3 ounces of any animal protein equals 21 grams of high quality protein. A mostly plant-based diet does the body good as well as the environment. Animals use a huge amount of energy compared to producing food from plants.
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