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[RECIPE] Rhubarb-Apple Juice

March 29, 2015  |  Posted by Merrin

There's an under-appreciated rhubarb plant thriving in your garden, right?

Take a few minutes to make a pitcher of this persuasive pink juice is a sweet spring treat that will entice a crowd.

You won't be sorry. Promise.

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[BLOG] 5 Great Reasons to Eat by
the Seasons

March 29, 2015  |  Posted by Merrin

Ever notice how strawberries just don’t taste the same in November, how peaches are awfully hard to find in February, or how zucchini never seems to go on sale in the winter? Pay attention to when fruits and vegetables are in season throughout the year and you’ll have your answers. 

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[RECIPE] Red Velvet Pancakes[To make your sweetie's heart 'beet' faster!]

February 1, 2015  |  Posted by Merrin

This Valentine's Day, show your love with this breakfast or brunch treat. A plate of red velvet pancakes topped with sweet strawberries will make for a covert celebration no one will suspect.

Share the love [and nearly 8 cups of fruit and veggies] with the whole family on Valentine’s Day! 

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[BLOG] Resolve to Sneak in Small Changes:
Here are 15 to Get You Started

January 9, 2015  |  Posted by Merrin

If you've made a new year’s resolution related to eating better or losing weight, you’re not alone. A majority of resolvers do! Whether you stick to your resolution or [like most people] don’t, you can still make some small-but-stealthy changes to treat yourself well in 2015. 

Here are 15 ideas to get you started:

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Cranberries

December 8, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Infographic: Cranberry
The healthy, holiday, bouncing fruit!

DYK these berries are native to North America? And there's so much more to love about cranberries. Get all the in-season details in this infographic.

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November 15, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Infographic: Pumpkin
Pumpkin is healthy and nutritious!

Really, it's the total package: you can eat almost every part of a pumpkin, and use it in sweet and savory dishes. 

This infographic gives you the fun and factual lowdown on this versatile veggie [actually ... fruit].  

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[BLOG] A Cup of Prevention: Worth a 
Try This Winter

October 30, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Blog: A Cup of Prevention
Cold and flu season is upon us, but there’s good news. There is an easy home remedy for boosting your immune system that may help lower your chances of getting sick this year — regardless of whether you choose to get the flu shot or not. 

It’s pretty simple, really: Just eat your fruit and veggies. Pick any of your favorites and eat lots of them! Your immune system will thank you.  

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Mini OOPS Splat[RECIPE] Corn Chowder

September 20, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Recipe Corn Chowder
This is a comforting bowl with something to offer everyone's palate: a combination of smokey and savory, plus sweet and fresh...oh, and a whole lotta veggies they'll never even notice. 

When you serve up a pot of this goodness, don't forget to top everyone's bowl with those tasty bacon and green onion garnishes. [But there's no point in mentioning the 10.5 cups of veggies you're also serving up!]  

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[RECIPE] Tossed Guacamole

August 24, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

At the flavor intersection of summer and guacamole, this crowd pleaser is an easy party trick that serves up nearly 10 cups of fruits and veggies. 

With so much amazing produce in season – especially corn and tomatoes – you can't miss whether you serve this dish as a side or the star of the plate

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[BLOG] Please Stop Doing This to Your Tomatoes

July 30, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Please Stop Doing This to Your Tomatoes
Tomatoes are one of the most fragrant and delicious treats that a summer garden has to offer. Indeed, I would even vote for them to be an official symbol of summer. 

Fresh off the vine, they are unmistakably sweet and flavorful. But there is one sure way to deactivate the power of this aromatic palate-pleaser...

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[RECIPE] Build Your Own Salsa

July 1, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Salsa Infographic Recipe
Have some fun creating the perfect salsa for every occasion with this simple infographic recipe. Make your salsa as sweet or spicy as you like!

Mix up your recipes to go with chips or top tacos, or your favorite grilled meat or seafood. Serve to accolades all summer long!

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Mini OOPS Splat[RECIPE] Pink Watermelon Bubbly

June 20, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Recipe: Pink Watermelon Bubbly
A quick and quenching way to beat the summer heat. Make them kid-friendly or adults-only: either way, the cup count will go up while this bubbly treat goes down. 

And, with about 1 cup of fruit per serving, you can feel a little smug while serving refills all afternoon. They won't suspect a thing!

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[BLOG] Do I Really Need to Wash Fruits & Veggies?

May 28, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

[BLOG] Vegetables Accidentally: Do I really Need to Wash Fruits & Veggies?
Spend a little time in other people’s kitchens, and you will quickly see that there are many different perspectives on the how and whether to wash fresh fruits and veggies. 

Which camp are you in?

A: Looks clean to me
B: Everything needs a little rinse
C: You can’t clean without products

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May 14, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Recipe: Sweet Berry Scones
These scones are a sly indulgence your family will ask you to make over and over again! They won't last long, so it's probably best to just go ahead and make a double batch.

Use fresh berries or frozen: Either way you'll be baking up an irresistible treat that can be enjoyed any time of the year ...

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[BLOG] Raw vs. Cooked: A Veggie Debate 

April 28, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

Vegetables Accidentally Blog: Raw vs. Cooked, a Veggie Debate!
You may have heard recent hype about raw food diets and the benefits of eating your veggies in the raw. While there certainly are benefits to eating plenty of raw produce, you might be surprised to learn that there are some vegetables that have more or different benefits to offer when they are cooked!

Depending on the vegetable and method used ...

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[RECIPE] Masala Leek Poppers with Mango Dipping Sauce 

April 10, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

 Vegetables Accidentally Recipe: Masala Leek Poppers with Mango Dipping Sauce Serve these crispy, savory bites with the cool and sweet mango dipping sauce, and you'll be sure to con a whole crowd of family and friends into gobbling up over 9 cups of fruit and veggies. 

Leeks are an early spring veggie. With their mild, onion-like flavor, you can disguise cups and cups of them into so many dishes!

And you gotta admit, they do look a little like Easter Eggs! 

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[BLOG] New Nutrition Labels to Give Fruit a Sweet Break

March 11, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

 FDA New Nutrition Label

 You may have heard the good news: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced proposed changes to the food labels we are familiar with [and confused by] seeing on our packaged foods. One feature of the proposed new label is the requirement to list ‘added sugars.’ This is great news for fruit, which gets a bad rap for it’s naturally occurring sugars.

Naturally occurring sugars are those present in a wide range of whole, unprocessed foods, including fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products and some grains. Fructose is the form of sugar that is naturally present in fruit.

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[BLOG] 5 Very Surprising Benefits of Eating Your Fruits & Vegetables

February 18, 2014  |  Posted by Merrin

 Sneaky Apple Icon  Yes, we all know eating lots of fruits and veggies is good for us. Really, no one is doubting that anymore, but there are many interesting and unusual benefits that are specifically attributed to upping the produce in your diet. [Of further surprise is that people are actually studying this stuff … but that’s another topic entirely. I’m really glad they are.]

Here is a must-read-more collection of findings from recent news headlines, touting some surprising advantages a fruit-and veggie-rich diet may offer:

1. Brussels Sprouts: Boosting Fertility in Women...

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