Now, more than ever, it is important to make sure you are getting the most out of your food! With a limited variety of food on supermarket shelves and essential shopping trips only being made a few times a week, Kidsfruit wants to make sure that we are all getting the most out of our weekly shops. We have come up with a few ideas to help you use all the food in the kitchen and stop you from throwing anything away! 1. Fruit Smoothies and Juices There is nothing better than a fruit smoothie to quench your thirst. They are absolutely delicious and they fill you up too, to stop you from getting hungry in between your meals! When your fruit is looking a little over-ripe, make sure you give it a wash, peel and chop it up before putting it in the blender. Then add some liquid to thin it out – we recommend some yoghurt with a bit of milk for a more filling smoothie, or some fruit juice (you can use water if you do not have any) and some ice for a more refreshing drink. You can try many different combinations of fruit (or sometimes even vegetables) that you want! Sometimes we even add spreads and oats for extra flavour! Our favourite breakfast smoothie is; one banana, a dollop a peanut butter, half a cup of oat milk, some crushed ice and a drizzle of honey – give it a try, we promise it is delicious! If you make too much you can always put in in the freezer and save it for another day, or eat it as a frozen dessert (this works the best for yoghurt-based smoothies). 2. Jams Homemade jams can be a bit tricky to make, but they are delicious if you get it right. The quantities matter much more for this so make sure you use your weighing scales! To make jam you generally need around 900g of any fruit of your choice. The traditionally strawberry jam is delicious but we love black-current jam the most. Give it a try and let us know how you get on! 3. Soups Soups are perfect for any vegetables that you have left lying around the house, and they make the yummiest lunches! You could even have a go at making some fresh bread if you have time on your hands. Start by chopping the vegetables and frying with some oil in a saucepan. Don’t forget to add your spices and seasoning for extra flavours. Once the vegetables are soft add one stock cube and some boiling water, just enough to cover your vegetables. Turn the heat to medium-low and leave to simmer for about 30 minutes. You can blend your soup or leave it as a chunky vegetable broth, it is completely up to you! Give it a go and let us know how you get on! We love to hear all of your suggestions! Whenever you are cooking, you should always make sure you have an adult to help you with anything that is sharp or hot.