FoodMaking food go further Food is a popular way many of us socialise and we spend a good amount of time and money on it. Yet 15 million tonnes of food and drink is thrown away every year. That's the same weight as 2 million double decker buses. Half of this is from our homes alone, costing £470 per household per year. You can help stop edible food from ending up in the bin. Tuck into the feast of events, blogs and recipes here and see how easy it is to make the most of your food, and save some money. 3 things you can do today Plan ahead. Take a moment to think about the week ahead - when will you be eating at home? Try and plan a couple of meals ahead, make a list of what you need to buy and only buy what you need. Freeze it. If you cook too much or forget to eat something near its use by date, chances are you can freeze it and eat it later. Eat your leftovers. If you cook too much or can't finish a meal, pack it for lunch. Even if you're eating out, ask for a doggy bag. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Recipes Blog Ideas bank Collaborate Food Chocolate super smoothie Nutritional expert Catherine Jeans never bin bananas when they get too brown. Why would you when you can peel them, chop and store in freezer bags for smoothies? Works brilliantly with leftover berries and fruit too. This smoothie is a great after school snack, providing lots of energy from protein, slow releasing carbohydrate and packed with nutrients. If your child is allergic to nuts, use a little plain yoghurt instead. Smoothies are a really safe way for children of all ages to get involved in cooking – they can use a blunt butter knife to cut bananas (not frozen ones), and help you throw everything into the blender. Just make sure little fingers never go inside the blender and the lid is firmly on! Preparation time: quick as a flash! Ingredients (serves 1) 1 banana – frozen or fresh 1 heaped teaspoon of dark cocoa powder Half pint of milk – (cows, goats, almond – whatever you like) Pinch of cinnamon 1 teaspoon of smooth peanut butter 1 tablespoon of rolled oats Method: Put all your ingredients into a blender – and blitz until smooth. If your bananas aren’t frozen, just add a few ice cubes if you like it cold. You can also add extra milk or water as needed to make your smoothie the consistency you like. If you’ve got lots of frozen berries to use up – blitz these with 2 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, ¼ pint of milk and a dash of honey. Yum! With thanks to Catherine Jeans - The Family Nutrition Expert - for the recipe. Visit www.thefamilynutritionexpert.com or www.facebook.com/familynutritionexpert for more recipes and top tips.