The "F" word

When we make a lifestyle change, one of the things we miss is SWEETS. So, we replace those cravings with what? FRUIT!

Yes, the "F" word. What did you dirty rotten minded scoundrels think I meant? Get your filthy minds outta the gutter! Geez....this isn't my main blog!

The health benefits of eating fruit are amazing! Did you know that one of the BEST things about fruit, you know, other than it tastes amazing, is that they help reduce the skins aging process? I am so vain I don't want wrinkles. AND, I'm a chicken shit, so there isn't much chance I would dare go under the knife. Well, unless I was disfigured in an accident or mauled by a bear or something. SO....I will suck down those sweet fruits and all their anti-oxidants.

Fruits are low in calories and fats. They are a great source of fiber, simple sugars and vitamins which are important for you to optimize your overall health.

So I thought I would share a couple of quick fun recipes for FRUIT!

I love Waldorf Salad! Crunchy yummy goodness. If you don't like something in it, make a switch. There are no rules. We are adding things into our diets to help us make life long changes. This is not about just eating things to lose weight. If you do that, you will burn out and go right back to eating CRAP!

Ingredients:

4 medium red delicious apples cored and chopped (I leave the skins on.)
3 stalks of celery chopped
1/2 c. light mayo (you can substitute plain yogurt)
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1/2 cup plump raisins (you can substitute grapes)

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl and refrigerate. Serve chilled. If you want this to keep longer and not have the apples turn, squeeze fresh lemon juice over the apples after chopping them.

Depending on whether you use yogurt or mayo, this recipe has roughly 150-180 calories per serving.

Another fav of mine is a fresh pineapple salad I make! I SUPER DUPER PUFFY HEART fresh pineapple.

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
3 Tbsp sweetened flake coconut
1 cup seedless red grapes
1 cup drained mandarin orange segments
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 cup Plain greek yogurt

In a small bowl mix the yogurt and honey. If you can't find Greek yogurt, you can substitute regular plain yogurt. Take a thick paper towel and put it in a strainer over a bowl. Pour the plain yogurt over the paper towel and let the juices drain out. It will be thick once the juices drain. It makes the yogurt thick and creamy and a little sweetened when you add the honey! Super yummy!

Mix the fruit, coconut and nuts in a large bowl and add the dressing. Serve chilled. 130 calories per serving

So...that's my "F" word! F-R-U-I-T

Do you have any yummy fruit quick fixes to share?




8 comments:

The Blue Zoo said...

YUM!! That second recipe sounds SO darn good. Can't wait to try it!

Mama Bird said...

I am trying to eat raw! I am doing the 7 day detox starting tomo, nothing but raw fruits and veggies! I will let you know how it goes!!

Tracie said...

I need to cut the second one. Love all those ingredients.

Tracie said...

Should say cut and copy. Duh.

MiMi said...

Oh man. Those recipes look SOOOOO good!! And, hello, I did not know I could reduce wrinkles by eating fruit! Awesome!

Mad Woman said...

Funny I should read this now. I just finished a bowl of peaches and Nashi pear with a little bit of custard. It was delicious!!

Can't wait to try the Waldorf recipe!

passionofthemom said...

LOL I love both the fruity F-word you meant, and the...well, the other one...which is practically my favorite word AND activity!! LMAO I've always been a sucker for some good fresh fruit, and these recipes are going to make me eat even more of it....so thank you VERY much!! You can never have enough good fruit, as far as I'm concerned. =)

gayle said...

We add fruit (apples, pears, cranberries etc.) to our salads!