5 Things To Stop Throwing Out.

1. Egg Yolks.

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, up to one egg yolk per day has shown no increased effects on heart disease (or 2 egg yolks, 3 days a week.)  And egg yolks are rich in choline, which promotes those “happy hormones” such as serotonin.  They’re also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two important nutrients that promote eye health.

Common sense says not to go hog wild on eating egg yolks but certainly don’t toss them either!

2. Vegetable Scraps.

If you find yourself frequently tossing veggie scraps like carrot peels or celery heads into the trash, toss them in the freezer instead!  Simply fill up a large zip-lock bag with the scraps and when the bag is full, boil the scraps with just enough water to cover.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(You can add a can of unsalted tomato juice for extra flavor too!)

3. Vegetable Peels.

Veggie peels can add a lot of fiber to an otherwise low-fiber diet.

Roast the potatoes with the peel still on.  Purchase thin-skinned baby cucumbers and dice into your salad.  Buy organic carrots and shred (peel and all!) into your stir fry.

Fiber up!

4. Peanut Butter Jars.

Reuse these fun little jars for all sorts of things, like storing buttons, loose change, chia seeds, pet treats, rice, etc.

(Same goes for jam jars!)

5. Egg Whites.

Speaking of eggs…

Have you ever had a recipe call for egg yolk only and ended up tossing the egg white?  Instead, you could…

Throw it into your oatmeal during the last 2 minutes of cooking time for a protein boost.  Or make an egg white scramble with veggies and cheese.  Or microwave the egg white with a little salt and pepper, and then eat it on the side of your morning toast.

Oh the possibilities.

(When covered tightly in the fridge with plastic wrap, egg whites will last up to 4 days.)


8 thoughts on “5 Things To Stop Throwing Out.

  1. Thoughtful advice, as always! I have been saving my peanut butter jars for years, and now that we’re moving I’ve realized that I have more than I could possibly use (like more than 30)!

  2. Great ideas – though the “vegetable scraps” dish sounds a biiiiit unappetizing to me. Is it any good? 🙂

  3. It’s for making veggie stock. You filter out the vegetable bits and can use it for soups or to cook grains, or whatever your heart desires 🙂

  4. I like to save my veggie scraps for stock. I’ve started doing this within the last year or so and I feel so much better about not wasting food!

  5. My PB jars go straight to the floor when they’re empty. Bagigis knows when I’m at the bottom of the jar and she’ll cry until I drop the empty jar for her. She loves to lick every ounce of peanut butter out of them and then chase them around the house (which is loud and annoying, so I usually don’t give her the empty pb jar until I leave the house for work). What is it with dogs an peanut butter? …and humans and peanut butter for that matter.

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