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In honor of International Earth Day, California Almonds & New York Times best-selling author create flavorful, adaptable recipes to minimize food waste

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Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food Shares Almond Recipes & Tips for a More Sustainable Lifestyle

MODESTO, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – It’s no secret that food waste is a global problem. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world gets lost or wasted every year, and in the United States alone, 40% of our food is wasted.[1] Perhaps even more alarming, the amount of food waste globally each year is more than enough to feed millions of hungry people in the world.[2] Although these statistics are unpleasant, there are simple ways we can be more conscientious to reduce food waste in our everyday lives.

To provide some ideas on concrete steps to take, California Almonds has teamed up with Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food to create flavorful, out-of-the-box recipes made from ingredients that are commonly discarded, along with simple tips to reduce food waste.


“Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle and creating new recipes that reduce food waste doesn’t mean sacrificing taste or convenience,” Lisa says. “With simple everyday lifestyle changes such as embracing imperfect produce and using multi-purpose ingredients, we all can do a bit to be more conscious.”


Almonds are a shelf-stable, multi-purpose ingredient that can be chopped, diced, ground to make into butter, flour and almond milk. And many people don’t know that almond trees provide several products, not just the nuts we eat. Almond hulls, the protective outer layer covering the nut, are sold as livestock feed, and almond shells aren’t commonly packaged for consumers to discard, but are used as livestock bedding. Even the trees’ wood, after its 25-year lifecycle, can be chipped and recycled into the soil or used for other purposes. As with other trees, almond trees trap carbon, a greenhouse gas.


Lisa’s recipe collection at features delectable snacks, side dishes and meals that deliciously use a variety of flavorful ingredients, some of which are commonly unused or discarded. Lisa’s mash of almond milk and parsnips, a root vegetable many are unaware how to use, can be a great side dish. If curious what to do with vegetable greens, her roasted beet greens salad with sliced almonds, olive oil and goat cheese can be a great surprise. And her carrot top almond pesto is perfect for a spring or summer party platter.


Lisa shares additional quick tips to minimize food waste at Ideas include:

  • Make it a game. Put the ingredients you have on a table and challenge family members to get creative by transforming them into a meal using only what you already have in your kitchen.
  • Prepare yourself for each grocery store visit. It sounds simple, but many people don’t do it. By simply making a list with your weekly meal plan in mind, you can not only reduce food waste but also save money and time.


About Lisa Leake

Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, blogger and author of the New York Times best seller, “100 Days of Real Food.” She began chronicling her family’s journey on 100 Days of Real Food when in 2010 they decided to start seeking out the real food in our processed food world. What started as a simple pledge has turned into a valuable and practical resource that’s now read by millions around the globe. Follow Lisa on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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[1] United States Department of Agriculture (n.d.). Retrieved April 18, 2017, from

[2] Key facts on food loss and waste you should know! (n.d.). Retrieved April 17, 2017, from


About the Almond Board of California

Almonds from California are a healthy, natural, wholesome and quality food. The Almond Board of California promotes almonds with a research-based approach to responsible farming, production and marketing on behalf of the more than 7,600 almond growers and processors in California, many of whom have third- and fourth-generation family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit or check out California Almonds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the California Almonds blog.