*We frequently eat muffins or breads that have banana/pumpkin puree and/or shredded zucchini, and I honestly haven't considered that contributing to our daily intake of fruits and veggies. I think it's because if it's in a baked good it doesn't seem "pure" enough to count. In a similar vein, the booklet I was given at the workshop listed dry fruit and canned fruits and veggies under serving sizes, and said that all forms (fresh/frozen/canned/dried/100% juice) count. But I guess I'm troubled by the fact that if you read the nutrition stats on the back of those packages, much of what you see are zeros. Another example is commercial applesauce. While it is obviously fruit-based, it lacks the nutrition of whole apples, and I find it hard to count it as a serving of fruit. Hmmm . . . thoughts from anyone else on this?
* I just came across a post about getting kids to eat more veggies, so thought I would share the link here since it was so well-timed. One thing it reminded me of is that sometimes we need to try something more than once to see if we actually like it. I didn't think my kids liked sweet potatoes, and they may not in certain forms. But when I made homemade sweet potato fries recently, they gobbled them up.
*Several people sent spinach smoothie ideas. Thanks. I look forward to trying some of them!
*I noticed a slogan ("more matters") on a bag of carrots and decided to look it up for more info. What a great resource for recipes, tips and just general information about fruits and veggies. I encourage you to check it out! There is a program that teaches kids about eating more fruits and vegetables, and you can print out lots of games and handouts here. There's even an interactive site for kids with some great activities.
Thanks for your comments on this topic. It's interesting and inspiring!