Countdown Day 5!

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Day 5 of the Countdown to the release of Perfectly Planned – woohoo!

When Chloe is parenting small-fry, she makes sure they get all the vegetables they need. But hey, it’s not just kids who have trouble getting the full serving of fruit and vegetables each day. Here are 5 tricks for adding a little extra to everyday meals.

 

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Add mashed carrots to Kraft Dinner.

Add steamed cauliflower to mashed potatoes.

Use cooked mashed potatoes or lentils to thicken soups.

Add pureed vegetables to spaghetti sauce. (I always add chopped carrots)

 

Add a little extra

Mix in shredded zucchini and apple to turkey burgers (keeps them moist).

Toss in a few raisins to beef burgers (little extra iron).

Add yogurt and white beans to tuna or chicken salad sandwiches (calcium and fibre).

 

file0001198972335Substitute flax oil for butter on popcorn or mashed potatoes (for added omega 3 fatty acids and low cholesterol). Keep in mind it still has calories!

 

 

 

 

Fake it

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

¼ cup cocoa powder

¼ cup honey

1 mashed avocado

Mix all the ingredients together and chill. Delish but very sweet!

 

IMG_20121004_094523Eating breakfast on-the-go? Here’s a recipe for Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

Makes: 14 cookies

 

 

Ingredients

2 ¼ cups oats

pinch salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup nut butter (I used half peanut and half almond butter)

¼ cup real maple syrup or honey

2 large bananas, mashed

1 small or ½ large zucchini, finely shredded

¼ cup pecans, chopped

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Combine oats, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.

Combine nut butter, maple syrup/honey, bananas, and zucchini in another bowl.

Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add pecans and chocolate chips and mix just until combined.

Scoop dough (about 2 tablespoons each) onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet or Silpat mat. Press to flatten, since they won’t spread during baking.

Bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, they can be frozen.

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There you go – getting your daily fruit and vegetable serving made easy!  Join me tomorrow for Rip’s top 4 safety tricks and a funny story. Enter the Rafflecopter each day to increase your chances of winning – only 1 day left to join in! And if you haven’t read Perfectly Honest – now’s the time to catch up. It’s on sale for $0.99 (only on amazon.com – sorry about that .ca people). See you tomorrow!

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