30 Days of Produce


I wrote for all 30 days in June about produce -- fruits and vegetables. While it’s very, ummm, fruitful to write every day, I’m going to be really glad when we get to July and I’m not writing every day and I’m not always writing about fruits and veggies. Truth. 

Here are a few tidbits that got left out this month. Did you know that if you turn a pineapple over that it will ripen more quickly? Now I just have to remember that the next time I bring home a pineapple. 

I wrote about smoothies this month. I really like how this author created a formula -- how much fruit, how much liquid. 

Remember that your smoothie can be frozen into a popsicle, too. 

Use fruits or vegetables as the base for lots of stuff. Making brownies or cookies? Look online for a recipe that includes fruits and vegetables. Carrots, zucchini and sweet potato are all excellent to add in. Sweet potato brownies? Yes please. This is a cheesy cookie for dinner. 

The posts online about adding in fruits and vegetables are always, like, “Hey, your kids won’t eat enough veggies so sneak them in this way,” and I’m, like, as if. As if most of us are eating tons of veggies and it’s just our kids who need to sneak them in. There are some pretty good ideas in this post

Remember when you eat your veggies to mash them, smash them, mix them, stir them, cook them, and eat them up crunchy. Keep it varied. Get out of the stir fry mindset or the clump of spinach on the side of the plate next to whatever is the main dish. Incorporate the vegetables into that main dish and get creative with it by changing up how you cut them and cook them. 

I tried a bunch of new veggies this month. Because watercress was rated so highly (see the June 11 post), I brought some home from La Montanita coop. While it’s not my new favorite, I was glad to try it. 

I also gave fennel another try because the farmer was so passionate about it.  Plus, Dean Karnazes, an ultra runner, recommended it in his post about interesting foods he’s added to his diet. 

Actually, he didn’t recommend it. I mixed up fennel and fenugreek, which is what he recommended. 

Besides fenugreek, which he eats because it’s good for blood-sugar levels and helps with serotonin uptake for a happy mood, he eats a berry called Hippophae Fruit for stamina; Rambutan for recovery and its anti-oxidative powers; Camu Camu for vitamin C; and mastic because he’s an ultra runner and he’s weird, in a good way. 

A food I almost never eat is coleslaw. A coleslaw is usually raw, shredded cabbage, possibly with other vegetables, and with some kind of vinaigrette dressing. Someone brought it to our house one weekend, though, and I dug into the leftovers the next day for lunch. And it was fabulous. Keep trying new things. 

Here for you now, my parting but not last words on eating a ton of produce: 

Unrules for eating produce

  • If you don’t like it, don’t eat it.
  • If you haven’t tried it in a while, try it, just a bit. You might like it this time. If not, go back to #1. You don’t have to eat it. 
  • Go local and organic when you can.
  • When you’re maxed out, let someone else do it for you. Buy prepared vegetables or meals that include produce.
  • Tired? Hummus and carrot sticks do nicely for dinner. Really, don’t worry about making every meal a big deal.
  • Sometimes, make it really beautiful. Take care with how you present everything. Use your nicest dish. Enjoy and savor it with your eyes.