With so many food and beverage options today, there’s so much to consider when making better choices to nourish ourselves and our planet. From questions about sustainability to thoughts on packaging, portions, transportation, energy use, and balance, how do we navigate all the things there are to consider when it comes to the foods we eat? With Earth Day just around the corner, here are some of our favorite ways to make better choices.

  • Energize. From switching light bulbs to turning off lights when you leave a room to using cooking energy efficiently, there are so many simple, small things that can make a big impact if we all take individual action. Be a part of the bigger solution and take a look around your house, your car, and your workplace (or school) and think about ways you can tweak your routine to be more energy wise and dollar smart.
  • Shop Seasonal. Look for information on what’s in season and visit our Better Choices site each month for timely tips and information.
  • Shop Local. There’s such an interest in local food, and supporting your community and your local farmers is a great way to feel connected to where your food comes from. Learn about farms in your area for all the types of foods you like. Many people think of fruits and vegetables as local, but did you know dairy is local, too? Chances are, depending on where you live, you can enjoy the diversity of food groups from somewhat nearby.
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. From apple sauce jars to zucchini peels, both containers and food scraps may be something you can use for another purpose. I like pickle jars and coffee cans to store things. Many scraps from the kitchen can be composted to help nourish your soil to grow your garden. Be sure to follow any local rules and regulations about what you can do in your area, and check out these tips for reducing, reusing, and recycling at your home or work.

What better choices are you going to make for yourself and the earth this year?

Kim Kirchherr, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, FAND