Fresh salsa fun!

Fresh salsa is a fun way to add more veggies to a meal or snack. Make your own by mixing tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro, and onions. Pair with a small serving of whole-grain tortilla chips or raw veggies.

Salsa recipes to try:

How Much Should I Prepare

Holiday celebrations tend to center around decorations and food. Planning enough food for groups of people can result in food waste or many leftovers. Leftovers can be helpful if you can use them in meals but too many can cause mealtime to become dull.

Hints that may help are:

1) The higher the number of dishes, the lower number servings you need to make. If you are serving 12 people and having 5 side dishes, you do not need 12 servings of each side. People tend to choose one or two sides or only take small servings of each.

2) Items that freeze well will make fun meals in January.

3) Share extras with other family members so that they can enjoy them and food will not go into the trash. Plan foods that will reheat well, freeze well, or be so popular guests will eat all you have made.

By LuAnn Duncan, Family and Consumer Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension Orange County

10 Smoothies for Kids

Kids smoothiesAdapted from Vitamix

Incorporating veggies into the family diet in subtle ways can help expand the palate and cultivate a taste for vegetables. Smoothies use the natural sweetness of fruit as the perfect disguise. Pineapple, orange, and grapes are particularly good smoothie ingredients to marry with vegetables. Apples can offset greens with a slight “bite” such as spinach. Cucumber adds a crisp finish without taking center stage. Try these recipes for nutrition that looks as wonderful as it tastes.

  1. Beet, Strawberry, Cranberry Smoothie
    Bright, beautiful, and bursting with flavor.
  2. Fruit Salad Smoothie
    Carrot and cucumber go incognito in this delicious medley of fruit.
  3. Gold Medal Smoothie
    Fresh fruit and carrot create a winning combination. Add protein powder for sustained energy when you’re on the go.
  4. All Green Smoothie
    Broccoli and greens are tucked neatly behind the sweetness of grapes, pear, avocado, and pineapple juice.
  5. Everything Smoothie
    With carrot, broccoli, spinach, and six different fruits, this recipe lives up to its name.

For smoothies 6-10, visit the Vitamix website.