Top 10 Ways To Enjoy Canned Fruits & Vegetables
By Kristen Stevens, MM, SPHR
Acting President, Produce for Better Health Foundation
February is about a month full of celebrations including American Heart Month, Hot Breakfast Month and National Canned Food Month! These national celebrations provide the perfect platform to highlight the vast selection of fruit and vegetables available year-round in all forms as canned, fresh, frozen, dried and 100% fruit and vegetable juice. National Canned Food Month is the perfect time to help consumers understand that just eating ‘one more’ fruit or vegetable goes a long way to living a healthy lifestyle.
Fruit and vegetables are also very versatile because they can be enjoyed as is, or used in baking, cooking, paired with canned beans and tuna, or as a great snack option. This availability and variety makes including more fruit and vegetables in daily meals and snacks a breeze and is the perfect reason to celebrate National Canned Food Month in February and Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month in September!
Here are our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Canned Fruit and Vegetables:
Add your favorite canned fruit (in 100% juice, water or even light syrup) to the blender when making your next smoothie!
Add canned artichoke hearts, sliced beets and/or chick peas to your favorite salad.
Add canned fruit or puree, such as canned pumpkin, to a bowl of hot oatmeal to help celebrate National Canned Food and Hot Breakfast months!
Use a variety of canned veggies to make a rice pilaf.
Make your own fresh salsa with canned fruit such as pineapple and mandarin oranges and a touch of cilantro (dried or fresh) for a culinary twist that is sure to please!
Make a last minute tomato sauce: sauté 1 crushed garlic clove in 1 tsp. olive oil, add a large can of tomato puree, a can of mushrooms, and your favorite herbs and simmer while the pasta is cooking.
On the road? In a hurry? Need a quick snack? Canned fruit is the perfect choice – it’s mobile, delicious, good-for-you and already in a container (that can be recycled)! Grab a spoon and enjoy!
Create a quick-to-make salad with canned green beans, corn, kidney beans and tomatoes. Spice it up with cilantro or hot sauce. Expand your culinary creativity by mixing different canned vegetables and beans.
Love to bake, but want healthier options? Try replacing canned pumpkin and applesauce for butter.
Use a combination of canned veggies to make a great-tasting and easy-to-make veggie soup!