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Fresh Thinking Families

Fresh Thinking Families

Our research shows that food has brought us all closer during lockdown, with more of us cooking and sitting down to eat together than before. Read how our Fresh Thinking families aim to maintain their positive new habits.

“We’ve started eating together every night as a family” - Sophie Ellis-bextor

“We’ve started eating together every night as a family” - Sophie Ellis-bextor

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, British singer, songwriter and mum of five, has been maximising her leftovers and planning ahead when it comes to meal times. This new mindful approach to food waste means the family are always thinking about how to turn dinner leftovers into a delicious lunch the following day. Read how Sophie's new habits are here to stay.

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“We’ve stopped rushing meals and now all eat together in the evenings” - Daywithdad

“We’ve stopped rushing meals and now all eat together in the evenings” - Daywithdad

Warren and his wife Kate have two young boys, and lockdown has reignited their passion for cooking. The family has had much more time to plan ahead for their meals, and they've got the children involved in creating some amazing pizzas with all sorts of toppings, making the most of what's left in the fridge, so nothing goes to waste.

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"I feel like it made us grow so much closer as a family because the girls are so much more independent now." - Susan, nurse at Southend Hospital.
"I feel like it made us grow so much closer as a family because the girls are so much more independent now." - Susan, nurse at Southend Hospital.

Susan is a nurse at Southend University Hospital, and lives with her two daughters Issy and Anna. Lockdown was a very busy time for Susan, working long hours at the hospital, so her daughter Issy took on the role of cooking for the family. They'd often make a meal plan together at the weekend and only shop once per week, and would always eat fresh food first to prevent any food going to waste

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“Empty supermarket shelves and cooking for two meant I had to plan ahead more” - Sophie, volunteer for FoodCycle
“Empty supermarket shelves and cooking for two meant I had to plan ahead more” - Sophie, volunteer for FoodCycle

Sophie is a volunteer for FoodCycle, a charity using food waste to create community meals, and lives in Leeds with her mum. Lockdown allowed Sophie time to slow down and think about food more, although it wasn't always easy, especially in those first few weeks when a lot of the supermarket shelves were almost empty. This meant Sophie had to be clever when it came to cooking for them both, using up everything they had in the house.

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