Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fruit

One of the items on my "list" is to eat two servings of fruit each day for a month. While I've tried to complete this item a couple times before, I've failed. I've determined that June is the month for fruit.

I'm sure some of you are wondering why this would even need to be on one's list. I know many people love fruit and find themselves in the position of trying to limit their intake. I am not one of those people.

I am a (mostly) vegetarian and I love, love, love veggies. Love them. Carrots, onions, mushrooms, asparagus, zucchini, squash...even a newly acquired taste for sweet potatoes...spinach, red and yellow peppers, broccoli--oh, how i love broccoli! Veggies I can do. Fruit, on the other hand, is a different matter.

I really like apples (if they are fujis or pink ladies or good granny smiths. And if they are organic. Only organic apples, please). I eat a lot of apples.

But other fruit? Clementines are great in season. Oranges can be good, but there is always a risk you'll get a sour one and I'm just a teeny bit OCD about getting all the "white stuff" off. Grapes...have to be organic and fresh. Bananas are great when they are just right...not too green, just getting a few brown spots. Blueberries? In muffins, sure! Strawberries...maybe, but I don't like any squishy bits. Same with cherries, and ugh...the pits. Fruits I don't care for even a little bit: peaches, nectarines, plums, grapefruit, papaya, mango, melon of any kind. And kiwis are furry, then slimy. Ew. (But I'll eat them if you put them in a fruit salad, I'll be honest). I do ok with dried fruit...raisins, cranberries, apricots, dates or figs if they are in something. But please, no dried plums, the fruit formerly known as prunes. To me, fruit feels like so.much.work.

See, I have fruit issues. I trust I've sufficiently explained this item landing on my list...

So, I'm 15 days in to June and I've done pretty well. I've missed a few servings here and there, and a few times allowed the dried cranberries in my gluten-free granola bars to "count," but otherwise, I'm doing pretty well on my quest. I've been making everyone summer smoothies, and if I can drink the fruit, it goes down a lot better.

I have yet to count a tomato as one of my daily fruits. :)

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