September 15, 2014
Some people have a love/hate relationship with fruit – they love the taste, but can do without the fast spoiling or higher price points. Well, we’re here with ways to get around those objections, along with some consumption recommendations that’ll have you speeding to the produce aisle in no time!
Ripen at home – Bananas are a great example. When we go to the store, most are green (sometimes even a dark green) and we let them ripen at home in the fruit bowl. We can also use this strategy for other fruits! Aim to purchase fruit that is firm to the touch so that it takes a few days to ripen. If you want to serve it the same day, buy a mix of softer (for now) and harder (for later) fruits. If your fruit ripens too fast, prevent spoiling by cutting up and freezing (you’ll see why below). Conversely, if your fruit isn’t ripening fast enough, try placing in a paper bag.
Frrrrrozen – The movie is great, but so is frozen fruit! Not only does frozen fruit make a great smoothie ingredient, it’s usually cheaper than fresh. Typical fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are frozen staples for any season. Some stores even offed mixed berry or “smoothie mix” varieties that really take the guessing out of which ones to choose!
The general rule of thumb is 1 cup for children ages 2 to 3 years old and up to 1.5 cups for children ages 4 to 8 years old. For those aged 9 to 18 years old, the USDA recommends 1.5 to 2 cups. Translating cups into fruit can be dicey (get it?!) especially when it comes to whole fruit that comes in all different shapes and sizes. Take apples for instance, 1 small (2.5” diameter) apple equals 1 cup of fruit. For visual purposes, the bagged apples labeled “lunchbox size” are a representative example. So, when you take the huge granny smith apple from the bin at the store, it probably counts as 2 cups. Other common fruits that go by size are oranges (~3” diameter), grapefruit (4” diameter), and bananas (9” long). Fruit is an all-around crowd pleaser and with so many varieties, even the pickiest of eaters can’t say no! Before we go, it’s important to remember to take proper food safety precautions by washing your fruit before eating to remove any dirt that may have accumulated in the transportation process. The choice whether to choose organic is easy to solve. If you’re going to eat the skin, then organic is better. If you only eat the flesh (think pineapple!); then the non-organic variety is fine. For more information on which fruits are likely to harbor pesticides, click here!