Healthier You, Healthier Environment

By Lauren Wills, Manager of Essential Eating

5 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

  • Meal Plan

    • Take an inventory of the food you have on hand and what you will need to purchase for each recipe

  • Create a Food Waste Chart

    • Attach a piece of paper to your fridge to record the food that you are throwing out to establish trends

  • Freeze First

    • If you make a large batch of food (i.e. soup), try freezing a few portions right away. They make great grab and go meals, and can help reduce food waste at the end of the week

  • Know What Best Before Dates Mean

    • Best before dates indicate freshness and quality rather than safety, and are not the same as expiration dates

  • Review How to Properly Store Food

    • How food is stored can impact freshness and how long food will last

4 Tips for Plant Based Eating

  • Meatless Monday

    • Plan for one meatless meal per week with leftovers for lunch!

  • Try a Milk Alternative

    • An easy way to incorporate plant based foods is to swap out your milk for a dairy free alternative like soy milk

  • Make your Meat go Further

    • Try adding vegetables or legumes to your recipe (i.e. spaghetti sauce) to reduce the amount of meat required

  • Make Fruits and Vegetables the Focus

    • Aim for half your plate to be fruits and vegetables

Chickpea Cookie Dough Balls

Adapted from peanut butter chickpea balls recipe

Makes 25 balls


1 1/2 cup chickpeas (canned works well)

1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter alternative

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cup oat flour

1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Add chickpeas, nut butter, and honey to blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Add remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips and pulse until combined.

  3. Add in chocolate chips, stir to combine. Roll into 1.5 Tbsp balls. Freeze for best results.



For more information on plant based eating:


Phone: 613-828-8586

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