How to Become a Better Eater In 2017

Just add crickets.

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Dec 17 2016, 4:00pm

We've almost managed to crawl out of the tumultuous year that was 2016, but food in 2017 is already off to a rough start. Brexit has got the food industry worried about worker shortages, Trump's impending presidency is already being encroached on by Big Ag, and we're yet to answer the eternal question of how to feed our exploding population. It's probably time to start giving a damn about food.

This year, make a resolution you'll actually stick to: become a better eater.

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Start drinking cricket milkshakes. Photo via Flickr user new1mproved

First step on the way to bossing breakfast, lunch, and dinner in 2017: learn how to eat more sustainably. Don't worry, it's actually ridiculously easy.

Take note from food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart, who says that we can change the world's food system just by eating less. He told us earlier this year: "Studies suggest that consumers in rich countries like the US and the UK regularly waste between 20 and 40 percent of the food that they buy … It's about ensuring that when you do buy something, you become the custodians of that food and ensure that at some point it gets eaten."

Simple.

While we're on the topic of saving the world via food, we should probably talk about putting crickets in milkshakes. As well as being fit to burst with protein, the bugs produce 80 times less methane than cattle, meaning scientists can stop wasting time trying to stop cows from burping.

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Bar Sardine's cured Arctic char with ginger, radish, and dashi. Photo by Henry Hargreaves.

If you're not quite ready to eat fried grasshoppers for lunch, begin your path to food righteousness by being more considerate towards the critters you already eat.

Chef Matt Griffin of New York's Fedora and Bar Sardine says a good way to start is by avoiding Jessica Simpson's favourite chicken of the sea. "Bluefin tuna, despite its ubiquity at sushi restaurants across the country is akin to eating a panda bear," he explains. "[It] should be avoided entirely."

Plan on eating out in 2017? Stay woke to all the scams your waiter uses to rip you off on wine. TL;DR—that story your server tells you about visiting the £75 Bordeaux's wine estate in France is probably a lie.

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Homer Murray's Portuguese sausage fried rice. Photo by Farideh Sadeghin.

When it came to eating at home this year, you probably spent more time looking at dishes on Instagram than in the kitchen, and getting takeaways rather than cooking. In 2017, get your act together and expand your repertoire of super-quick but super-tasty dinners with a little help from our favourite chefs. Whether it's Indian street snacks made from ingredients you already have in your cupboards or handy uses for leftover rice, we got you covered.

But whatever you do to become a better eater in 2017, don't take food too seriously. Go on, have that frozen pizza if it makes you happy.