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4 Recipes that Sneak in Veggies

You (and the kids) would never know it, but these healthy recipe ideas, created by registered dietitian Matthew Kadey, will encourage them to eat more veggies

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Pumpkin & Apple Oatmeal

Using canned puréed pumpkin (not to be confused with canned pumpkin pie filling) makes this oatmeal deliciously creamy. What’s more, pumpkin-which is technically a fruit although most of us think of it as a vegetable-has impressive amounts of beta-carotene, an antioxidant the body can convert into vitamin A to bolster eye, skin and immune health. The walnuts give a dose of healthy fats.

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Mushroom & Beef Burgers with Curried Yogurt Sauce

Swapping out half of the beef in these burgers for the “meaty” consistency and taste of mushrooms results in a hefty calorie savings. Mushrooms contain only one sixth of the calories found in very lean ground beef. Plus, this swap makes for a burger that’s much lower in fat and cholesterol than an all-beef recipe.

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Strawberry & Greens Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to sneak nutritionally charged greens into your diet. And it doesn’t taste like a salad in a glass, thanks to the yogurt and fruit.

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Red Velvet Chocolate & Beet Brownies

Beets are a natural way to add gorgeous colour to baked goods. And with this decadent recipe, you’d never know it’s made with beets. Naturally sweet, beets cut down on the need for added sugar, and they provide moisture so you don’t need to use as much fat. Bonus: Beets are a good source of folate, a B vitamin shown to help protect against breast cancer.

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