NNMC Increase Produce: Mix in Purees

A great way to sneak in more fruits and vegetables is by adding them in to the foods you already eat. It’s an easy method

Pumpkin puree

for boosting the nutritional content of your favorite dishes. Now let me clarify, I’m not talking about doing this in place of eating fruits and veggies on their own. It’s still important to have those foods on your plate, especially when it comes to kids. You don’t want to send the message that produce isn’t important. This is in addition to any other produce you might eat. Simply puree any fruit or vegetable of your choice and then start experimenting. For example, you could add these mixtures to pasta sauce or a stew. In baking, simply replace some or all of the oil with an equal volume of puree, like I did in these sweet potato waffles. One tip, if you need to cook the food before pureeing, is to steam or roast it rather than boiling to retain as many of the nutrients as possible. This way, you’re not pouring them down the drain with your cooking liquid. So get creative and try something new! Who knows, you might just stumble upon a delicious combination.

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