If you’re like us (the Jow team!), sometimes you set goals and then forget about them (oops!). We’ve realized that we’re much better at sticking to our resolutions if they’re simple and straightforward.
According to the USDA, Americans spend 67 minutes a day eating and drinking - and that doesn’t include the prep and clean up 😵💫
Setting just one kitchen-related goal can impact your life (and the planet!) in a big way. Choosing one to start with will help you feel motivated and able to keep it, and then you can add on new ones as the year progresses! We encourage you to choose one of these kitchen-related goal for 2023!
Resolution 1: Meal plan (but actually)
Meal planning is a lot of work (planning anything is a lot of work). This is one of the reasons we made Jow. The Jow app does all of the tricky parts for you.
While it may seem counterintuitive, meal planning will actually ultimately save you time because the daily “what do we eat” questions is taken out of the equation. Additionally, you’ll end up saving money because you’ll focus on buying what you’re actually planning to eat (vs buying a bag of spinach and watching it wilt. RIP baby spinach).
Choose this resolution if you spend too much time thinking about “what should we eat” every day 🤓
Resolution 2: Eat what’s in season
It may seem simple, but that’s because it is: eating what’s in season is better for the planet! This is because ingredients grown in their appropriate season use less resources to grow abundantly and often involve far less transportation from different climates. And as if that’s not enough, in-season produce usually tastes better and has more nutrients because it is fresher.
There are a lot of ways to do this resolution, but it’s easier to stick to if you have a defined plan. Commit to eating at least one “in season” recipe a week, or only eating in-season produce at lunch time!
We actually recommend in-season recipes in the Jow app. When our super smart algorithm creates your menu for you, you can select from in-season recipes and easily find ones that take advantage of the best seasonal produce. A win for your tastebuds and the earth!
Choose this resolution if you want to expand your food horizons while also helping the planet! 🚀
Resolution 3: Start composting
Composting is so good for the world and it’s actually really easy to do (even if you live in an apartment).
If you’re new to composting, it’s simple: instead of throwing away food scraps, you place them in a sealed container to decompose naturally. When the food breaks down, it ends up looking sort of like garden soil… and that’s where it goes!
Compost feeds all of the important tiny critters that are vital to our planet and helps your plants grow and thrive.
Psst…if you’re looking to “go big or go home”, Lomi makes great composting bins ;-)
Choose this resolution if you have a yard, garden, or are a self-proclaimed crazy plant lady 🪴
Resolution 4: Organize your recipes once and for all
Those loose pieces of paper with recipes on them in every random drawer or stuck in a pile of papers on your desk.
We’re not gonna lie… this happens to the best of us here at Jow. That’s one of the reasons we developed the My Personal Recipes feature! This feature is the perfect way to store all of your recipes (and easily share them with friends and family when they ask!).
The coolest part is that you can also order your own recipes in the Jow app too 👍
Choose this resolution if you are the person who has recipes in drawers, cubbies, bookmarks, and everywhere in between 📙
Resolution 5: Invest in reusable baggies
We admit it, single-use sandwich baggies are really really handy. They also pile up in the trash really quickly. If you’re someone who packs lunches or snacks (for yourself or others), using even one a day adds up to hundreds a year 😱
While there’s no shame in the baggie game (we don’t judge!), there are benefits to investing in reusable sandwich bags!
It is a higher cost up front, but reusable sandwich bags will save you money in the long run and also make planet Earth smile. If you’re looking for a starting point, we like Public Goods, Stasher, and Bee’s Wrap :-)