Learning to Love Fruit

At the height of my disregard for healthy eating, I told my friend E, “I don’t like to bother with fruit; it’s all sugar and if I’m going to eat sugar, I want to eat caramel or chocolate!” There’s nothing wrong with loving chocolate and caramel, but E was right to be a little flabbergasted: fruit is such a beautiful food group, and I was silly to disregard it.

Fruit, when it’s really fresh, has become one of my favorite things. When eating at the breakfast here at the hotel this week, I’ve been replacing some of my old time favorites, like danishes, with larger-than-usual piles of fruit. Sure, they also are sweet, but I feel more alert and happy instead of like I’m in a butter-and-sugar coma for the rest of the day.

I’ve noticed lately that keeping fresh fruit in the house is hard because it can spoil before I get to it, but keeping fruit smoothie drinks means I’m often reaching for that instead of more pastry or bagels. I get whatever brand is on sale and sometimes there are even ones with spinach blended in – added bonus. Obviously, this is not the whole-food solution of one’s dreams, but E would probably be pretty proud of me. I’ve also been really happy with recipes like the Apple Cake and the Zucchini Bread I’ve made over the past few months, which combine my love of pastry with a mixed in serving or two of fruit. I’m coming around to the way that fruits and veggies as the bulk of my food makes me feel a lot better and be more creative with my cooking.

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19 comments on “Learning to Love Fruit

  1. akmp45 says:

    I totally agree with fruit-sugar- why would I eat “healthy” sugar when I could eat sugar sugar :):) Thanks for the insight.

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  2. tcriggs says:

    I used to work at a grocery store, and a customer gave me the best advice about berry fruits. She was buying 3 tubs of blueberries because they were on sale. I asked if she planned to make a pie or cobbler with it… she said she washes them, let’s them dry, and puts them in a freezer bag and pulls them out when she needs it to add to cereal, oatmeal, smoothies, even pies (lol). To this day, I keep fresh frozen fruit in the freezer.

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  3. harrietday98 says:

    I absolutely love fruit, check out my latest post on a healthy snack recipe!!

    https://harrietday.wordpress.com/

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  4. foodinbooks says:

    You could always dip your fruit in chocolate and cover both ends. 🙂

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  5. Ladybuggz says:

    I’m not a big fruit eater, and Cantaloupe and Honey Dew make me barf!! I don’t know why!! lol…

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  6. Sissy MacK says:

    Have you tried “nice cream” yet! My favorite combo is frozen cherries blended with very ripe banana. Yummy!

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  7. Elizabeth says:

    When I was growing up, back in the Dark Ages, fruit was our dessert. In the winter it was canned fruit and the big treat was deciding what food coloring to use on the canned pears to make us laugh.

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  8. Patrick says:

    Rubbermaid has storage tubs for the refrigerator. I think they are called Freshlock. They say the containers keep produce fresh up to 80% longer. I haven’t done any scientific testing, but, they do keep a bag of baby spinach fresh all week for smoothies.

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  9. There is so much more to fruit than sugar, LOL! What about that fibre and vitamins! I miss fruit when I travel. I’m also a fruit freezer, our foraged blackberries last all year. Try throwing a few berries onto the top of your pancake before you flip it over. Once cooked it’s delicious even if its only three or four berries.

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  10. Mel & Suan says:

    Mel’s colleague told him: buy bananas and let them ripen. Before they turn spotty peel them and stick them in the freezer. Instant Banana flavored ice cream!

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  11. I buy quite a bit of frozen fruit. Just the fruit–no syrup or anything–like they sell in the smoothie toppings section of the freezer aisle. Frozen dark cherries are so good with some coconut milk drizzled on them. Mango chunks can be thawed out to use in mango salad (mango chunks, romaine, craisins, candied nuts, and a raspberry vinaigrette). Also, I can make my own smoothies. I didn’t really GET fruit until I started working at a produce stand. Now I GET it, it doesn’t leave me with that rich-food-coma you mentioned. And I don’t feel hungry as often, which is a plus. Must be all that fiber.

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  12. For me, fruit is something I never think about but once I’m having it, it is really refreshing and delicious. I am PRE VSG and on a strict pre op diet and learning a lot about healthy eating and have learned that there is “good” sugar and “bad” sugar

    This is a great topic

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  13. In my observation, love for fruit is (bad eating habits aside) an individual thing. I´m a fruit eater, can´t walk by an apple tree without picking some. I know that others simply lack that appetite. Must be a body chemistry thing.

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  14. Fruit is wonderful!! So are danishes 🙂

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  15. I’m starting to get into fruit smoothies too!! Next week I’m starting to share my fruit smoothies on my blog, you should check it out! They’re so much nicer than fruit on its own, love this post though, so relatable!!x

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  16. vylyst says:

    You are right! Fruit and veggies also add colours to dishes, making them more beautiful. 🙂

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  17. Great post! I am a nutritionist and I just started my own blog about healthy and affordable eating, so feel free to check it out! 🙂

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  18. Hi, I’ve just started a blog all about fruit and veg, and how to be getting your 10 A Day (as per new advice) feel free to have a look for some inspiration for your fruit journey!

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