Choosing what to eat can feel like navigating a mine field. A daily barrage of marketing leads to confusion over what’s healthy, how much we should pay and who to trust. What’s right for the planet can barely get a look in amidst the throng of competing info.

The good news is that what’s right for the planet is fairly simple and small. Cheap and delicious changes can make a radical difference daily. So, take shelter from the marketing storm and join us for Hubbub’s six principles for good food.

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1) Harness the power of plants

Despite the UK’s 5-a-day messaging our consumption of fruit and veg has actually fallen in recent years. Why? Plants have had little PR and been squeezed to the margins amid a food marketing throng. We implore you to trust in the time old power of plants. They have a lighter footprint than much of what lines our shelves, are packed with vitamins, minerals, and sneakily, a whole load of hidden protein. Tinned and frozen fruit and veg often make for cheaper options and are just as good for you.

2) Eat less, but better meat

It's no secret that meat is a key contributor to global emissions - going vege is a great way to slash your impact, but it doesn't mean you have to cut it completely if going T-total is not your thing. There's a huge amount you can do to make a difference daily. Try the 5-2 approach where you eat meat twice a week, reframe your meals so that vegetables and grains take centre stage - think stir fry, sushi, moussaka, pie, - or simply try subbing half of the meat in your lasagna, chilli or Bolognese with veg or pulses. Check out our guide to eating less meat or download our meat light versions of the nations favourite dishes recipe book. Whatever change you make will have mileage as 1 less burger a week is the same as taking a car off the road for 320 miles.

If you do buy meat, go for the best quality you can afford. Organic meat is not only free from chemical inputs, it indicates high animal welfare too. The Freedom Food certification makes a good second choice. To get the full low down, look at our guide to 'better' meat and dairy. For seafood, take a look at the Good Fish Guide.

3) Eat seasonally and locally

Eating seasonally is usually cheaper and foods certainly taste better in season too.

It’s not only fruit and veg that have seasons, meat, cheese and fish also reach their prime at differ-ent times of the year. Eat Seasonably have a great guide to UK produce.

Buying locally may not always be the most energy efficient option, but it does help to support local producers and provide you with an opportunity to connect with your food, the benefits of which are bountiful.

Oh, and it doesn't get more seasonal and local than growing your own. Go on, #GiveItAGrow. Check out our guide to getting growing here. 

4) Get Food Savvy. Waste less, save more

There’s no two ways about it, food prices are rising so it’s important for all of us to get thrifty and make the most of the food that we have. At Hubbub we’ve got tonnes of tips for making the most of your food, from planning to storage, cooking with leftovers, to cooking with fussy kids. We’ve also got a range of replicable campaigns to help you to make the most of your food at times of the year when food waste rises. And if you do have food that fit to eat but you’re not going to then you can donate it to a growing network of Community Fridges around the UK.

5) Be the (wo)man with a plan

Planning your meals means you’ll waste less and make the most of your time in the kitchen. Shop with a list, only bulk buy items that you know you’ll use again, batch cook and get friendly with your freezer. Running a tight ship in the kitchen will help you to save food, fuel, time and money. Here’s a simple guide to getting your food plans in shape.

6) Buy certified

Whether it's coffee, tea, fish or bananas, buying certified means you’ll know which, if any, fertilisers, fungicides, herbicides and pesticides are being used and that the people producing it are getting a fair wage. Trusted certifications include MSC, ASC, Freedom Foods, Fairtrade, Organic, UTZ.

7) Cook smart 

Cooking is a good thing. In fact, it's a great thing. It's great for mental and physical health, eating well on a budget, sharpening your skills and organisational abilities, wooing that special someone... we won't go on. But the truth of the matter is that cooking can be resource intensive. We use energy and water when we cook, both of which are in short supply. Using induction hobs, pressure cookers or just saucepan lids are smart ways to save energy. Turning off the tap while washing up and watering with your cooking water will help with our stressed water supplies. Check out #TapChat for more great ways to reduce water at home. 

Bon Apetit!

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