Food and You: How to choose and (re)use your food – Team Montenegro

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to talk about food consumption and our habits.

We live in an era where everything needs to look perfect in order to be shared via Instagram and other social networks, and present us to the world in the best way possible. Food is no exception. From one side, we are advised to eat healthy and make conscious decisions about our choices, and from the other side, we desperately try to fit into the standards the media have imposed on us. Every meal we share with the world needs to look perfectly inviting, fresh, and expensive – there is no room for “ugly”, second-day meals. It is a lot of pressure for young people who want to be a part of the “cool” crowd.

Did you know that over 300 million tons of food is thrown away each year just because it does not have a perfect shape, while there are about 842 million people who struggle with hunger every day? With that in mind, I decided to share some tips on how to improve your food consumption habits, and also one quick recipe on how to use leftover bread.

Tips

  • First of all, don’t be lazy. Try to incorporate cooking and preparing food into your daily routine, and read the labels of every product you buy. Yes, it will be hard at first, but in time you will become both skilled at cooking and healthier in general.
  • If you are buying more food than you actually need just in case you need it (but deep down you know that will not be the case), stop right there. It is better to go back to the store later and buy more of the things you need, than to have plenty of food rotting in your fridge.
  • Do your research. Internet is filled with great recipes. Just search for “what can I make out of ingredients X and Y”, and improve your cooking skills.
  • If you find yourself with fridge filled with food you know you won’t be able to eat in time, use that as an excuse for a dinner party (or brunch). Invite your friends over for a homemade meal, share your food and spread the awareness among people close to you while having fun.
  • There is nothing shameful about not having a perfect photo of a meal you are eating. Do not feel bad if someone posts photos which make his/her lifestyle seem amazing- do your own thing and be proud of it. Remember, food is for fuel and health, not for taste and fitting in. So support your local food producers, eat your fruits and veggies, and try to ban food containing GMO.
  • Dare to be an inspiration to others. Use the impact social media have to your advantage. Follow only inspiring people with healthy lifestyles and spread the word about them to your followers and friends. When you come across some great ideas about food consumption, healthy recipes and motivational quotes – share them! Post photos and snaps of better choices you make each day, and let people follow you on your journey.
  • And lastly, there is nothing shameful about eating for dinner the same thing you had for lunch, or the day before (and I have met plenty of people who think there is). If you have leftover food after a meal, freeze it or store it for later. Again, try to be the best possible version of yourself.

So that is it for the tips (if you have any for me, leave them in the comment section below). And now for the recipe!

Recipe

I decided to go for an easy one – reusing leftover bread for a crunchy snack you can eat with your friends and family.

Djuraskovic Andjela- Food consumption photo

What you will need: bread and spices of your choice (yes, it is THAT easy).

First, preheat your oven to 200°C.  Cut your bread loaf into small cubes and put it on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle the bread cubes with some spices – I used salt, oregano and basil. Put the tray into the oven and switch it off – I find it is the best way to make sure I do not burn the cubes J (great if you are a beginner). When you are happy with how crunchy and brown they look (depending on your oven, that is after 5-7 minutes), take them out and enjoy your snack while watching a sports game or a favorite movie.

 

Until next time,

Andjela