Top tips for a second lockdown cooking and eating sustainably

Eating healthily during lockdown

Only food shop once a week and eat in-season produce  is the advice (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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As people are set to be confined to their homes until at least December 2 after the announcement by Boris Johnson’s UK Government of a second national lockdown, thoughts are turning towards how to feed families.

Tips from an expert

Celebrity sustainable cook, Sara Kiyo Popowa, shares top tips (Photo: Sara Kiyo Popowa)

With the world working from home again, some are trying to promote sustainable cooking.Wren Kitchens has collaborated with celebrity sustainable cook, Sara Kiyo Popowa, to share easy tips on how best to cook and eat sustainably.

The food we eat can have a huge impact on the world we live in.

Be kind to the environment

Being environmentally conscious when it comes to the food we eat can often seem a daunting and restrictive task, with many fearing that their entire diets will need to change. However, cooking and eating green can be as exciting as it can be easy.

Top tips include...

1 Only food shop once a week.

If possible you should try and do your grocery shopping only once a week.By reducing the number of trips we take when shopping for food we can avoid buying more than we need.A top tip to avoid this is to think of ingredients with multiple uses in mind while making sure you buy all the ingredients in one go.

2 Subscribe to a veg box.

Subscribing to a veg box is a great way to help the environment as well as offering your support to local farmers.

Top tip: Subscribe to a veg box (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

In order to reduce food waste, make a pact with yourself to use up all of the vegetables in the box. This can be a fun challenge, especially if you’re not as familiar with some of them. You can also rediscover the beauty of the old seasonable vegetables by using them in different ways.

3 Buy your favourite items in bulk.

Whether it’s a routine snack or a specific ingredient, everybody has those food and drink items that they love to over-consume.

One way to save the environmental impact and also save money is by identifying these whole food stables and buying these items in bulk – this can be done via many online sellers.It saves on packaging and energy in production, as well as saving you money.

4 Eat in-season produce.

Most fresh foods have a specific season in which they are ripe and easy to attain. Eating seasonal produce doesn’t just benefit your body, but it will also support the local farming economy and the local landscape through supply and demand.

Seasonal vegetables will provide your body with what it needs in that season – cooling, refreshing fruits in summer and starchy, carby root veg in winter.

5 Commit and be motivated.

It’s important to find your own motivation as to why you want to cook and eat more sustainably.

Once you have discovered what it is that is driving you to change your diet, it’s much easier to stick to the changes you make.

Shopping, cooking and eating more sustainably may seem like extra effort, but as time goes on you will see the changes having a positive impact.