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Health Tip: Add Veggies to Most Any Meal

Suggestions for sneaking them in

(HealthDay News) -- If your family doesn't eat enough vegetables, there are ways to sneak them into almost any meal.

The American Heart Association suggests:

  • Shred veggies such as beets, parsnips and zucchini, adding them to pasta, baked goods and other favorite recipes.
  • Substitute cooked, ground mushrooms instead of about half of the ground meat normally used in dishes such as meatballs, meatloaf or burgers.
  • Cook and puree butternut squash, carrots or sweet potatoes and add to macaroni and cheese.
  • Puree your favorite beans into a nutritious dip. Serve with whole-grain crackers or baby carrots.
  • Blend a brightly colored, nutritious smoothie with a banana, milk or yogurt and spinach, sweet potatoes or beets.
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