Friday, February 19, 2010

Back in the Fruit Loop

I always forget that fruit is delicious.  Actually, I think someone should probably investigate advertisers from the mid to late 1980s, because I can still sing many of their jingles and I am not entirely unconvinced that they did not put subliminal anti-fruit messages in the middle of them.  Think about it:  "Honeycombs big, yeah yeah yeah... that's not small... no no no," practically screams "JUST SAY NO TO APPLES."  Just an idea, government watchdogs.

Anyway, after not eating any fruit for oh, a year or so, I decided to get back together with that particular food group.  


One of the rules of my undiet (if you know me even a little bit you know that even a free-wheeling "I'm eating everything I want" plan has to have some rules and guidelines) is that I am trying to eat either fruit or veggies with every meal and reach for fruit first as a snack.  So far so good!  It really does seem like eating fruit has taken away cravings for sweet junky stuff and it really is delicious.  Oranges, who would have thunk?  

I bought a bunch of fruit at Costco, which I know promotes factory farming and all kinds of despicable practices involving making fruit pretty instead of nutritious, but I live by myself and I need fruit that lasts more than two days.  I'm lucky enough to live near an incredible produce market, Stanley's Fruit and Vegetables.  The main draw of Stanley's is that you can fill up a whole cart with produce and get to the register and discover your total is like nine bucks.  That leaves you with leftover budget money to spend on stocking up on your Spice Girls collection on iTunes, so win win!

Do you guys have suggestions for new fruit ideas?  I don't like any kind of melon and bananas make me want to die inside because of the smell, but anything other ideas would be appreciated, as I'm sure my exotic choices of apples, oranges and grapes might get a little old eventually.

9 comments:

  1. I love fruit too and buy it at Costo too! We love strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and blueberries. And when you think they are starting to go bad because you can't eat them fast enough, pop them in the freezer and use them for smoothies! My kids and I make smoothies all the time with a little yogurt or even fruit juice (I add in ground flax seed when they're not looking!) and voila - a yummy smoothie! Also my kids love frozen grapes...it sounds kinda weird, but try it! Also, frozen blueberries with a little milk makes a great snack...the milk makes a little sugary-like glaze that you swear is real sugar! Go Fruit!

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  2. I am a berry fiend. I eat rasberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries with everything. In cereal or oatmeal, in yogurt and salads. I couldn't live without them.

    I'm also a big fan of grapes. I like the green...but either will work.

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  3. Thanks guys! Lootz, I did have Costco blackberries and I ate them all! They are great. I'm going to try them in salads and cereal next week.

    Anonymous, I hate yogurt which has limited the smoothie enjoyment for me. I'm going to try your blueberry trick, though! Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it!

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  4. Pineapple! I also really dig mangoes.

    Stanley's is cheap, but I have not had good luck with their stuff lasting more than a day or two. I prefer Cermak Produce, which is a little further west of Western on North Avenue.

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  5. Kim, thanks! I will try that place. I am a native south sider so even after 7 years, the north side is mysterious.

    I just added your blog! Love it so far.

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  6. Have you frozen grapes? Those are decently good. If you close your eyes while eating them, it's kind of like they might be bad for you. Kind of. Also, mango chunks can be tasty. Buy them pre-cut though, since scoring them can be enough to make you (well, me, at least) batty.

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  7. Kate, I'll try the frozen grape thing although I am very skeptical. If it tastes like an ice cream bar, I'll buy you a pony.

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  8. Kim, thanks! I will try that place. I am a native south sider so even after 7 years, the north side is mysterious.

    I just added your blog! Love it so far.

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  9. I am a berry fiend. I eat rasberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries with everything. In cereal or oatmeal, in yogurt and salads. I couldn't live without them.

    I'm also a big fan of grapes. I like the green...but either will work.

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