My sixteen-year-old son held the refrigerator door open and gazed at the contents. “I don’t want leftovers today.”
“You can choose what’s in the fridge or you can cook something different,” I said.
My son proceeded to tell me what he learned in his nutrition class.
“My nutrition teacher said leftovers are not safe to eat after four days.”
This statement was all my son needed to hear to avoid eating leftovers. He even attempted to pull his brother in on his shenanigans.
“Donovan, remember when Mama would cook something on Monday and still try to get us to eat it on Saturday?” They both laughed.
Once my son recovered from his bout of laughter, he told me three tips he learned in class.
· When storing leftovers, let them cool before putting them in the refrigerator. A drastic change in temperature before putting the food away can cause an increase in bacteria.
· Wrap lettuce in paper towel, then return it to its usual packaging to retain freshness longer.
· Wrap the tip of an unpeeled banana with saran wrap if you want to keep it from becoming ripe too quickly.
· Food shouldn’t remain sitting out more than two hours.
· Leftovers shouldn’t be eaten after being in the refrigerator more than four days.
And those are your nutritional tip provided by a teenager and his teacher. Do you have any nutrition tips share?