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Using Blended Foods to Create Nutritious, Delicious Meals

From the Show: HER
Summary: Learn tips and tricks to get more health benefits from your favorite meals by incorporating blended foods.
Air Date: 2/6/17
Duration: 31:58
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Missy Chase Lapine
Missy Chase LapineMissy Chase Lapine is best known for her game changing “Sneaky Chef” series of books including her New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals.

The Sneaky Chef has transformed the way America feeds its families following her unique method of using “blends” to make every meal more nutritious. In addition to her seven books, Missy is also the founder of Sneaky Chef Foods LLC, a company committed to developing products that improve children’s health including Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter (a wildly successful peanut butter alternative) and pasta sauces made with eight hidden veggies. Sneaky Chef Foods are sold nationwide.

Missy has appeared on NBC's Today Show and has made hundreds of national TV, radio and print appearances. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Daily Meal and is also a member of the Children’s Advisory Council for NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, where Sneaky Chef meals are served to patients.

Missy's fresh, irreverent approach to nutrition can be found on her website, TheSneakyChef.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

She lives with her husband Rick and their children in Westchester County, New York.
  • Book Title: Sneaky Blends: Supercharge Your Health with 100 Recipes Using the Power of Purees
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/heSneakyChef.Missy
  • Guest Twitter Account: @sneakychef
Using Blended Foods to Create Nutritious, Delicious Meals
Want to get more health benefits from your favorite meals? Try incorporating blended foods.

A food blend is essentially a puree. It’s thick like hummus, not like a soup. And, it's very different from the products of juicing.

Food blends are a great way to enjoy comfort foods with greater health benefit. Try blending one food color a week and incorporate it into your cooking. It doesn’t take much to make a difference.

Consider creating a carrot-sweet potato blend. You can add cinnamon and maple syrup for a sweet treat. You can also leave out the flavorings and mix it into pasta sauce, mac-n-cheese, soups or smoothies.

A mini food processor is best for blending foods instead of a traditional blender, because blenders require you to add liquid. If you're using a blender, be sure to add as little water as possible.

Health Reboot
Feeling sluggish or in a rut? Give your body a mini vacation. Your body could use a little help detoxing. Having blended foods for just a day or a full week will help you reset.

The human body needs to be filled with phytonutrients. Sticking to blends will help your gut microbiome. A reboot decreases inflammation and aids good gut bacteria.

Sneaky Ice Cream Blend
Blend frozen bananas, avocado, baby spinach, dark chocolate and honey or maple syrup in a blender or food processor. Freeze in a container and enjoy.

Minute & 52 Second Blend
Rinse canned, whole white beans (cannelini, butter, white kidney) with water. Pour in your blender or food processor. Add enough water for it to blend. Use it as a substitute for butter in cookies, salad dressing in tuna salad, and cream substitute in soup. Add olive oil and rosemary and serve with crackers.

Listen in as blended foods expert, Missy Chase Lapine, joins Dr. Pam Peeke to share the ease of incorporating food blends in your meals.

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