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Forgot the Fruits: 5 Fruity Ideas

Forgot the Fruits: 5 Fruity Ideas

I made a goal. A few goals, in fact. One of them was to eat more fruits & vegetables.

So I made a list. A list of all the easy vegetable dishes I could think of that I might actually make – and eat. I stuck it on the fridge along with my other list. The one with the reasons I need to get healthy.

But in the midst of all this list-making, I forgot: it’s FRUITS and vegetables. Duh. This is why I can’t leave the thinking to mealtimes. And I like fruits. What’s more is my 3-year-old likes fruits, and getting vegetables into her is like, well, I don’t know what it’s like. Because it doesn’t happen.

So here is what I was able to think of to get more fruits into my day:

  • Cottage cheese and canned mandarins. Yeah, you can do better than canned. But it’s fast, and it keeps.
  • Keep a fruit bowl on the table. It’s easy to slice up an apple and share it around, or cut open a kiwi and scoop it out with a spoon, if it’s sitting right there in front of you.
  • Buy more and more bananas until I actually have some that are old enough to make bread. This doesn’t happen very often – they get eaten too fast.
  • Frozen-then-zapped berries on the greek yogurt (a nod to Katie for this one). I’ll bet this would work on the oatmeal, too.
  • Apples and cheddar. Best. snack. ever.

Any other ideas?
What are your favourite fast-fruits?

image © Michael Geipel


5 Veggie sides that I will actually make (and eat)

5 Veggie sides that I will actually make (and eat)

I need to eat more vegetables. It really tells you something when I set 3 servings a day as a goal, and that this will be an improvement. If this is going to happen, I know that it needs to be easy, and I know that I need a list on the fridge so that I don’t actually have to *think* when it comes to food preparation. Here’s what I’ve got:

  • roasted root vegetables, with leftovers to mix with feta & greek dressing for lunches
  • sauteed spinach, mushrooms, and/or cherry tomatoes
  • soup – especially this yummy lentil soup, or Magic Black Bean Soup for using up leftover veggies
  • slaw stirfry (easiest stir-fry ever – packaged carrot slaw + sauce/dressing of your choice)
  • oven-grilled eggplant & zucchini (so glad I figured out how to do this, now I think I can survive the winter without my BBQ)

Any other ideas?
What’s on your go-to veggie list?

image © muammerokumus