Eating smoothies is great way to stretch fruits, vegetables

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - One of the most common complaints I hear about eating fresh fruits and vegetables is that they go bad before they can be eaten. No one likes waste, so here’s how you can save the fruit (and some veggies) and use them to make quick and easy breakfasts.

Most fruits and veggies can be frozen. Bananas, berries, avocado, mushrooms, cucumber and squash can all be frozen easily. Frozen veggies are great for stir-fries, casseroles and sauces. Frozen fruit can be your best friend for an easy breakfast.

Overnight oats is a great way to have a hot and nutritious breakfast on a busy morning and make use of your frozen fruit. Add ¼ steel cut oats to half a cup of liquid (milk, kefir, tea or water) and put in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, add your frozen bananas or berries plus any thing else you might normally add to oatmeal, like nuts or cinnamon. Heat in the microwave for about 45 seconds. Stir and enjoy!

The classic smoothie is a perfect way to use up frozen fruits and veggies. Frozen butternut squash and cucumbers can make great smoothie additions. Frozen avocado can add healthy fat and a lovely creaminess to a smoothie. Simply use the frozen fruit in place of fresh in your favorite smoothie recipe or add frozen fruit to a mixture of milk and protein powder or Greek yogurt.