Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Three Tips for Eating More Veggies Than You Ever Thought Possible

Don't let this happen to you.
Have you ever opened your refrigerator and looked at all the cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, avocado, eggplant, fresh herbs, kale, okra, green beans, mango, kiwis, strawberries and broke down in tears wondering how you were going to eat all that food before is goes bad?
...oh! Well, okay. Me neither.

The point is, around this time of year our refrigerators and counter tops are full of the summer's yummy fruit and veggie bounty, often this means we cannot even give the the stuff away to our friends, as they are trying to lessen their burdens as well!
I know, I know, first world problems, right!?

So here are 
Three Tips for Eating More Veggies Than You Ever Thought Possible:

More veggies than this Russian Dwarf hamster EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!!!

1. Smoothies. Veggie smoothies, i.e. Green Earth Soup and fruit smoothies will not only make a great choice for your breakfast lunch and dinner, but also give you a powerhouse of raw, easy to absorb nutrients that will allow your body to digest easily, especially in the August heat.

2. Sauces. While we typically think of a pasta sauce as tomatoes, garlic and herbs, you can add sauteed squash in to the blended tomatoes and herb mixture to make a delicious creamy pasta sauce. In addition to that, you can chop your zucchini up and add that to the sauce for a great bit of texture. Of course, you can make as big a pot of sauce as you want, and store or freeze it for latter.

3. Fruit rolls! Yum! And so easy! Take all the fruit that is just a bit too ripe to enjoy cut up as breakfast and dessert, chop it up, blend, and pour mixture into the bottom tray of your dehydrator... or on a baking sheet in your oven on warm. This takes about 8 hours. The secret is to never go above 140 degrees or you will kill much of the great enzymes and nutritional value of your fruit.

What are some more ways to use up all the veggies before they turn into compost? Please, help me devour my produce before it's too late, please!

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