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08/11/2009

Boost your Vitamin C intake…with potatoes?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — fruitchick1 @ 2:16 pm

A friend of mine asked today “Most of us know that oranges have Vitamin C. What lesser-known merits of fruit do you have to share?”

That is an intriguing question that will likely inspire many posts to come! The first idea that came to mind is sharing unusual or under-appreciated sources of Vitamin C.

While citrus fruits certainly deserve their rep as a good way to get Vitamin C into your diet, Kiwifruit has 2x more than oranges. So if you’d like to add more Vitamin C to your diet but would like a little variety, try a kiwifruit! Easy eating tip: “Cut and scoop”! Slice a kiwi in half width-wise, and then use a small spoon to “scoop” out the fruit, holding each half as if the skin were a cup.

Speaking of Vitamin C, did you know that potatoes contain 45% of the RDA for this vitamin?! I knew that I liked potatoes anyway, but this gives me a whole new appreciation for them. I’m thinking a baked potato with cheese and broccoli for lunch sounds like a good plan!

While I am known as the “Fruit Lady” and/or “Fruit Chick”, I am also trying to be an equal opportunity proponent for both fruits AND veggies. To that end, here are a few more produce items that might not spring to mind when looking for items high in Vitamin C:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts (!), Green Cabbage, Radishes, Strawberries, Honeydew Melons and Cantaloupe.

Those are a few nutritional tidbits off the top of my head (and after brushing up on the Vitamin C specifics via idahopotato.com and fruitsandveggiesmorematters.com) Stay tuned for more blog posts that reveal fruit and veggie benefits you might not have heard of  before.

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08/06/2009

“Sweet” Summertime

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — fruitchick1 @ 12:51 am

Mmm…sweet watermelon… juice dripping all over the place-yep, feels like summer! This watermelon (tonight’s dessert) was fabulous!! I was too impatient to completely unwrap the ¼ section we got from Peapod. I opened it just enough to start slicing little pieces off the top. Because the heart of the watermelon is just THE BEST!

For those of you with a little more patience, or an interest in tackling a whole watermelon,  the folks at the National Watermelon Promotion Board offer a helpful video on cutting watermelons. I’ve always lived by the attack-it-any-way-you-can method, which involves trying to hold onto the thing and to slice the melon but not my fingers. So far, so good, but not recommended.

And while I usually try to eat a “balanced” dessert or snack, the joy of eating watermelon all by itself is just too good an experience to mess with. (Of course, diabetics and others with any sugar issues should continue to follow their doctor’s orders).

If you have a sweet tooth and like ice-cold desserts, how about trying watermelon instead of ice cream one evening? You’ll get plenty of water (to combat dehydration) and its sweetness will ensure that you won’t feel “cheated”!

And consider this little tidbit from the watermelon board: “Watermelon Is Practically A Multivitamin Unto Itself: A 2-cup serving of watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamins A, B6 and C”.  Wow. A dessert you can enjoy AND feel good about!

For the watermelon-cutting video and other helpful hints, visit watermelon.org


08/03/2009

The power of addition while snacking

Filed under: Healthy Snacks — Tags: , , — fruitchick1 @ 4:14 am

I hate math. I really hate math. Yet somehow this blog post keeps ending up with math terms, without me planning it. Read on and see if you can get behind my “fruit math”.

“Snack Time”! Twenty years ago that usually meant an entire bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos or a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Heath Bar Crunch. Or, shudder to think, huge spoonfuls of cookie dough batter!

These days, when I get hungry for a snack, I briefly reminisce about the old days, and then shake it off and think: “What healthy snack can I have right now”?

Tonight the answer was: a Forelle pear and cheddar cheese. Believe it or not, I’ve sold Forelles at wholesale for decades but this is the 1st one I ate! It was pretty good, especially with the cheese to complement it.

For another example of how I snack these days, if I wanted cheese and crackers, I’d add dried cherries or apple juice. I guess I think of “rounding out”  (up?) my snacks, as in, “What can I add to this snack to round it out and make it  healthier”?

It’s a lot easier to add things than subtract, a point you’ll see often in my blogs because it’s so simple yet powerful.

No one wants to deny themselves. So I will again reference my wonderful former personal trainer, Mary Concannon, and share her advice to tell yourself, “I can have the (fill-in-the-blank snack) but I’m going to eat (an apple, plum, pear,etc.) FIRST”.

Many times I am full from the fruit, and skip the chips. Other times, believe me, I still eat the chips. BUT I eat less than I would have if I grabbed the bag while hungry!!

Look for more snacking tips in future posts, and feel free to share yours here. Let me know if the fruit math concepts help. Thanks for reading…and Happy Healthy Snacking!

07/30/2009

Filed under: Healthy Breakfast — Tags: , , , — fruitchick1 @ 2:47 am

Considering that my love of fresh produce stems from my family, I think my inaugural blog post is the ideal place to showcase my grandparents motto: “Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, Stay healthy!”

While they both had very little formal education, they instinctively knew what basic principles were important for a healthy and successful life:  proper rest, lots of deep breathing and plenty of good food!

As a teen, my typical breakfast was a bowl of Cheerios or even Frosted Flakes. One memorable morning at their house, I discovered that my routine meal was not allowed on Grammy’s watch! Half a grapefruit, then an egg, then a slice of melon and then I could eat the cereal if I wanted. What a shock to even contemplate that much food in the morning!

While I admit that her rules for the breakfast club did not stick with me (at least I’ve upgraded to Total Raisin Bran), Grammy was definitely onto something: start with a breakfast like that and you have plenty of fuel for the day (and you’ve already gotten 2 servings of fruit before leaving the house!)

Along those lines, I’d like to share a valuable tip my former trainer gave me. Start your day by asking yourself: “what can I ADD to my day that will be healthy for me”? I highly recommend using breakfast as your starting point, because it is so easy to slide a serving of fruit in there, possibly while you’re still half asleep!

Plan on 6 oz. of OJ, or 1/2 a grapefruit, a handful of grapes–whatever suits your tastes and fits in with any special medical or dietary needs. Then, you can feel great because you’ve already gotten one serving in for the day. Off you go to whatever adventures await you, hopefully with a bit more energy than usual. Have a fruitful day!


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