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Add a boost of flavor to any meal

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Pure Flavor and Laura Ashley Johnson

Learn how to incorporate more flavor into your meals by using veggies!

When it comes to eating healthy, what we eat is often more important than cutting out less nutritious foods. That’s not to say that we should all go out and just start eating our favorite comfort foods all the time, but when we start swapping nutrient dense foods into our daily meals, we often find that the less nourishing portions of our meals tend to get a lot smaller.

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Pico de Gallo

For decades nutritional scientists have been studying the connection between food and health, uncovering evidence that healthy diets can help people maintain good health and even reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. Vegetables are one of the most important food groups because they are nutrient dense. Nutrient dense foods provide vitamins, minerals, and other health-promoting benefits, plus they have no added sugars, saturated fats or sodium.

If you’re one of those people who is just never going to eat salads every day of the week, here are some helpful tips on how to get more veggies into your daily diet.

Make vegetable purées

Purées are not just for people without teeth. If you have a blender, making a flavorful purée out of Pure Flavor® Sangria® Tomato Medley, Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes or Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers is a delicious way of getting important phytonutrients into your meals. Lightly coat them in olive oil and season them with your favorite herbs, then roast them in the oven until they are bursting. Put them in your blender and pulse until they become a smooth sauce. You can drizzle it over your favorite protein, pasta, rice — you name it!

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Just add more

Straight up, just add more veggies into your recipes even if they don’t call for them. You can modify just about any recipe to incorporate more vegetables into them. Adding veggies into dishes like casseroles or pasta is an efficient way to increase your intake. They add texture and flavor all in one shot.

Veggie loaded flavor boosters

A delicious way to add more flavor to a meal is with a good Pico de Gallo like the one Laura Ashley Johnson, a Registered Dietician, makes for her family. Also known as salsa fresca, it is a low calorie topping for tacos, enchiladas, nachos, omelettes, soups, sandwiches – the list goes on and on! You can make it with cucumbers, or peppers, but Laura Ashley makes her Fresh Pico de Gallo recipe with Pure Flavor® Cloud 9® Bite-Sized Fruity Tomatoes. It’s easy to make by just combining all the ingredients in a bowl and then making seasoning adjustments to suit your tastes.

The bottom line

There are so many ways to add veggies to your everyday meals. By making vegetables a regular part of your daily eating habits, you’ll significantly increase your intake of essential nutrients and fiber. Veggies can be a lot more versatile than what we give them credit for, the key is to be creative and think outside the box.

For Laura Ashley’s full Fresh Pico de Gallo recipe, click here.

This article is brought to you by Pure Flavor® and Laura Ashley Johnson

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