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F is for Fruit

March 27th, 2011 at 09:54 pm

One goal I am constantly working on is to eat more fruit. I know it is good for me and I know it helps me stay healthy.

One downside is the expense. Fruit can be expensive. It's even more expensive if it goes to waste.

Each week I make a fruit salad so we have some fruit with our supper. I try to put some different things in it every so often to change it up, but I usually have blueberries and strawberries. Both are supposed to be quite good for you.

Someone wrote that bananas are the perfect fruit because they come in their own package and are easy to eat. I like bananas. For years my husband claimed he didn't like them. Now, he can't get enough of them.

As I proceed down the alphabet, I want to admit that my list wasn't by chance. I spent a lot of time ahead of time trying to come up with things for each letter. I was proctoring a test for a child a couple of weeks ago and the state requires we give the children the whole time, even if they don't use it or need it. I couldn't send him back to class, and he was getting restless. He asked me what I was working on and I told him that I had a blog and thought I'd challenge myself and try to write something for each letter of the alphabet. He wanted to help me and although I won't be using any of his suggestions, I was pleased he knew quite a few foods. U stumped him and he finally suggested "unicorn" and when I commented they are imaginary, he said then they would probably taste like plastic!

Most of the kids I work with have a very limited diet so I was pleased he seemed to know a wide range of fruits. He could tell me avocado and mango and even pomegranate. He described how he stained his shirt eating one.

As I was growing up my mom wasn't very adventurous when it came to fruit. We had bananas and apples and often we had canned peaches. She didn't buy grapes very often because she said they were expensive and the only time we had strawberries was the few years we had some plants. We never had blueberries except for those little ones in the muffin mix.

I have had to be a little more adventurous on my own and I've discovered kiwi as well a fresh pears and the fact there are different types of apples. It's a challenge to find other fruits where I live, but I am willing to try some new ones.

Do you have a favorite fruit?

8 Responses to “F is for Fruit”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    Pineapple is my favorite. I find pineapple to be relatively inexpensive during the summer for the amount of fruit you get. In the winter I'll buy canned (there are usually excellent sales). And of course I love nectarines and plums and watermelon (but will only buy them in season).

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I hate to admit it, but I don't eat fruit or vegetables. I am a really funny eater, but lucky cause I am pretty healthy. I have only been to a doctor about 3 times in my life and then I wasn't sick.(knock on wood)

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    I can't choose just one, I love so many! Melons, stonefruits, apples, bananas, ripe pears, pinapple, kiwi, all the berries...
    I was lucky to be fed lots of different fruits and veggies as a child. Now I do the same with my kids.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I love raspberries most of all. After that it's blueberries and strawberries, canteloupe, pineapple and pears. Seems like I always have a bag of clementines going. And I love Honey Crisp apples. I used to not like fruits and vegetables, and I have to admit I'm still working on trying to like vegetables.

  5. patientsaver Says:

    i love any kind of berry, plus mangoes, fresh pineapple, plums and cherries.

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    I have many many bags of fruit in the freezer. The farm co-op had a bumper crop last year, and we had more than we could eat, so I froze the excess. This week, I turned the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries,and blackberries into a bumbleberry pie. It was fantastic.

    Usually, I do fruit salad of apples, bananas, and a few maraschino cherries for the kids. They love it.

    And, I drop a few frozen berries in the kids yogurt snack, and they like that too.

    You can also bake bananas-- wrap a peeled one in foil, sprinkle a few chocolate chips on it, put it in the oven until the chips melt, then put a little whipped cream on it. Fun and cheap dessert!

  7. retire@50 Says:

    I like Mandarin oranges because I can buy when cheap and always have in my pantry. I like them in salads the most. I also like bananas, grapes and apples. I like cherries but rarely buy them, I think they are expensive. Same with watermelon, I only eat it when it's the cheapest in the summertime.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    I remember growing up and hearing we should have fruit as a dessert and thought that was crazy. Now, I like having fruit as a dessert. I like other things too, but I am pleased so many of you like fruit as well. Maybe, Ima, we can convince you to try some!

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