Food Friday: Fruit, just um… eat it.

Posted by Lipglossiping On May - 11 - 2012

I like most food, you may be able to tell from my ongoing battle with being a greedy bitch that I’m not mega-fussy with what I put in my mouth (shutup).  Having said that, there has always been one substantial food group that I’ve gone out of my way over the past 30 years to avoid… fruit.  My daughter can’t get enough of the stuff, which is just aswell because she won’t touch vegetables.  Me?  I love veggies… always have but I think I’m just a savoury girl through and through.

It’s not that I have a full-on aversion to fruit, I wouldn’t pick it off my plate if it were served alongside something else but you will never catch me digging into the fruit bowl or craving the taste of an apple.  It’s just not on my radar.  I’m making baby steps to changing this, and it really helps when you’re on a ‘diet’ that rewards you for these changes by not penalising you when you indulge.  This week has been fruit salad week… amped up.

Look…

That’s our fruit box.  It’s a great big, 4L lock and lock box which I bought at The Range – as you can see, it stores quite a bit!  I’ve budgeted £6.50 per week for fruit for everyone and make sure that as soon as the shopping arrives, I’ve got the peeler, corer and paring knife out to put an end to my procrastination and get it all chopped up into bite-size pieces with a good squeeze of lemon juice to help it last.  So far, my plan is working!  It’s  infinitely more appealing to fill a bowl with a couple of spoonfuls of this than it is to reach for a sorry-looking apple in the bottom of the fruit bowl.

This weeks fruit box contained: plums, tinned pineapple (in natural juice), apples, kiwis, melon, strawberries, and grapes – though Mr. L says that the cheap melon I bought tastes more like cucumber.  I know that my fellow fruit-dodgers won’t be convinced by my arguments for upping your 5-a-day just yet… so how about I share with you exactly how we’ve been eating it?

For the grand total of 2 Weight Watchers pro points (I’m on 28 a day), we’ve been submerging a meringue nest under a pile of the healthy stuff before topping it off with a Weight Watchers yoghurt or a mini Petit Filous.  Trust me, it doesn’t taste quite so healthy when you add meringue to the formula and yet, amazingly, it’s still pretty damn good for you (and far more edible!)

It’s a simple change to my diet and not the most groundbreaking Food Friday post, but I’m determined to keep this new habit going, especially with Summer round the corner and hopefully, cheaper berries!

Are you a natural fruit fiend or do you find ways to incorporate it into your diet?


15 Responses to “Food Friday: Fruit, just um… eat it.”

  1. Jayne says:

    I love this idea! I also have an aversion to fruit (and veg actually) I don’t dislike either thing, I just find them difficult to eat and they are never a craving or desirable thing to me. I’m going to give this a go as I think I would also be more likely to eat fruit in this way.

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  2. Sophie says:

    Haha, I have been doing exactly the same! Thank God for inventing the meringue nest! :D

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  3. Tass says:

    I don’t really like fruit either and people look at me in horror when I admit this. I much prefer veggies any day. I think the only way I get to eat fruit is when my boss plonks half an apple on my desk and it’s too rude to refuse. Your fruit box is a good idea but it wouldn’t work for me, I’d reach past it for a yoghurt and it would gradually end up at the back of the fridge! I’m going food shopping later and might pick up some tinned pineapple chunks, never considered them before. If only fruit in cake was acceptable as 1 of your 5 a day…apple crumble, banana bread, strawberry tart….yum! xx

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  4. Daintynymph says:

    I love fruit! It’s vegetables that give me a problem. The meringue idea is fantastic! It’s fluffy and creamy like whipped cream, but it’s just protein. I am also really excited that it’s berry season very soon.

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  5. Jules says:

    I love fruits and vegetables of all kinds; the only ones I don’t like are pineapple and kiwi, and that’s only because I’m allergic to them. I’d eat them if I weren’t! The one food I dislike? Meat. Even when I was a kid, I’d fill up on vegetables rather than have meat.

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  6. What a great idea! I love fruit already, but cutting it up definitely makes you want to eat it more :).

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  7. Dang. I love fruits and veggies, but since getting pregnant it’s been so hard to eat much of anything that I feel deprived. All I want is fresh tomatoes and a bowl of strawberries with apples. Maybe I just want red food…

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  8. Lily says:

    Like you, I’ve been trying to incorporate more fruit into my diet lately. Love veg, but only crave fruit when it’s in a pie/ cake/ strudel! Bananas and natural yogurt make a nice breakfast, or blend up berries and use them as ice cream sauce (what? You have to have some treats!)

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  9. Anitacska says:

    I love fruit and thankfully so do my children. I always have fresh fruit in the house, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, bananas, apples, melons, you name it. My son will eat 400 g of strawberries in one sitting and my two girls ate half a watermelon today. It’s all very good stuff. :) I like meringues too. And yoghurt, and cream, and erm, pretty much everything, lol. And yes, that is why I am too overweight. :(

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  10. This is a familiar sight for me at the moment. I’ve been chopping up a big tupperware box of melon, pineapple and berries every few days as I hate preparing fruit so try to get it over with in one go!

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  11. Beauty Box says:

    I’m a fruit fiend! Though I can totally relate to having to eat something you don’t like. I hate bittergourd so if I had to eat it everyday, I would feel miserable too.

    But maybe a healthier option to the creamy stuff you eat with your fruit…you could make a little macadamia nut cream (macadamia, water, vanilla essence, maple syrup – just a teensy wee bit – whizzed in a blender and it tastes amazing with a fruit salad. Do email me if you are curious about proportions…

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  12. Paris B says:

    I love fruit and vege but I usually just eat the former fresh and its my default dessert (coz I don’t do any other sweets) This is a great idea for me to take to work and snack throughout the day though :)

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  13. Vicki says:

    I hate fruit, well I quite like a mango if its prepped for me but thats about it., I do love my veg though always have a big salad lunchtime if poss and veg in the evening too.

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  14. Kayley says:

    Looks delicious, I love my fruit and to someone like me this looks like a big hunk of deliciousness! xx

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  15. Rae says:

    Mmm! Your fruit box looks tasty. I’m one of those crazy fruit addicts, so (of course), it’s good to hear that you’re finally getting over your fruit aversion :P

    That said, though – being hooked on veggies is probably better for you! I’m always worried about my sugar intake in the summer, with the amount of fruit that I consume :/

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