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Claudann Jones

Do you ever feel like there is not enough time in the day to accomplish all that you had hoped to? Join the crowd! Follow these tips this summer to save you time and energy!

Dried fruits: Take advantage of the vast assortment of dried fruits available and dress up your cereal or salads … or simply enjoy as a snack.

Leftovers: Re-create leftovers to make a whole new meal. Use them in wraps or sandwiches, for quesadillas, soups and in casseroles or with pasta.

Convenience: Pick up some frozen or canned fruits and vegetables for later in the week or for busy nights. Read the label and choose with less added sugar.

Experiment: Try a new fruit or vegetable or prepare a familiar one in a different way.

Seasoning combinations: Buy plain (unseasoned) frozen vegetables and create seasoning combinations using herbs, lemon juice or garlic to keep out the fat and salt.

100% juice: Look for fruit and vegetable juices that say 100% juice.

Smoothies for breakfast: Frozen fruit makes great smoothies for a breakfast on the run.

Easy to grab and go: Fill up that fruit bowl so you and your family can grab and go.

Meatless meals: Plan one or more meatless meals for the week. There are endless possibilities for using dried or canned beans. They’re cheap, too. Check out the variety in your store and add quinoa or rice for a more complete meal.

• Make more: Plan for leftovers so you have a ready meal. Think ahead to the endless food possibilities using leftovers.

For more information on nutrition and food safety, contact Claudann Jones, Smith County Extension agent for family and community health, at 903-590-2980, or email at cmjones@ag.tamu.edu.

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