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Produce Tips

Hannibal ProduceGrow your own:

Planting a garden does not have to be hard work. Invest in raised garden beds for easier maintenance. Potted plants work great too and can be conveniently located. Growing your own produce can be very rewarding, inexpensive and allows you more versatility and control with what you eat. You know exactly how your food was grown and where your food is coming from. It can be a great family activity, lot of fun and a great way to try new foods!

 

Buying on a budget:

Frozen fruit & vegetables are often just as nutritious as fresh, have a longer shelf life, and are less expensive. Stock up on your favorites when they're on sale, and enjoy them raw, incorporated into recipes, or in smoothies, sauces, and baked goods. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are too expensive” is often an excuse for not eating them, but the truth is, they are only expensive because they wind up getting thrown away! Don’t buy more than you can eat and have a plan as to when and how you will eat them.

 

Think before you toss:

If you have less than desirable produce that you know you won’t use, store them in a freezer Ziploc bag until ready to use. Use soft fruit that is starting to brown (bananas, pears, and apples) for baking breads, muffins, pancakes etc. Add frozen bananas and berries to smoothies or yogurt parfaits.  Add vegetables such as squash, zucchini and carrots to marinara sauce and puree for an added serving of vegetables. Use wilted vegetables for stir-fry’s, soups and stews or puree and add to sauces.


Katie Foster, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Hannibal Regional Hospital