So simple…and so much more refreshing (I think!) than an ice-block.
And the best part for the kids – they can have two, or three, or four, or even five!
School’s out for summer after tomorrow. So – today is party day! Our contribution to the party is a plate of fresh watermelon & honey-dew. For me, watermelon is just the perfect Aussie Christmas food – fresh, cold and sweet. Reminds me of Christmas from my childhood. And…the red & green look very Christmasy, don’t they!
I’m continuing with my commitment to Weigh it Up and today made an FP100. This is simply a fruit platter that is in the fridge 100% of the time. It’s there cut up ready to eat and topped up every day so that there is always fresh fruit for everyone to snack on. It’s such a simple idea and a key way for me to eat more fruit.
The version I’ve made today is more of a fruit salad with mango, pink lady apples, oranges, nectarine, watermelon and rockmelon. It is delicious!
As I mentioned last week I’m not following the Weigh it Up program beyond adopting some key (but very important) principles – mainly because I’m not trying to lose weight and I’m not the best with a rigid plan. The recipes do look delicious, however, so this week I am planning to use them for a few of our dinners. Can’t wait for the sticky chicken and rice with asian greens!
My next focus is the exercise plan. I’ve printed out the exercises and stretches and I’m working towards achieving the four x 25 minute walk/movement sessions per week. Of course – I’ll probably be sticking with a workout on the Wii, I know that works for me!
So – has anyone else signed up for Weigh it Up?
As I previously posted, I am on a mission this week to eat three pieces of fruit and drink 2 litres of water each day. I am finding this oh so hard! I am not a person who eats a lot generally so trying to fit in three pieces of fruit is rather tricky. For some reason I do find eating fruit a bit of a chore. So, I’ve come up with a list of ways to make this challenge a little more appealing.
- Make a fruit platter.
Instead of serving cake to my friends I served up a fruit platter taking care of at least one of my serves of fruit for the day.
- Buy special fruit
As it starts to warm up the really delicious fruit is coming into season. Today I went a little crazy at the fruit store and ended up with a trolley full of gorgeous fresh fruit & vegetables, including mangos, passionfruit, pineapple, pears, kiwi fruit, oranges, apples and bananas. My fruit bowl is looking much more tempting today.
- Make a fruit salad
It’s somehow so much easier to eat fruit and feels so much more like a meal when it’s mixed together into a delicious fruit salad. My kids are able to clarify this point: ‘Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy’. And – does it real hurt if there’s a little scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream on the side?
- Have a bowl of fruit on your office desk
If it’s right there in front of me I find it much easier to grab a piece of fruit and keep working. It’s no longer ‘out of sight, out of mind’.
- Use fruit in meals
Whether it’s apricot chicken, watermelon salad, chicken with peach salsa, or blueberry pancakes - it’s no longer just a fruit it’s an actual meal. We tried the Four Ingredient’s blueberry pancakes on the weekend and they were sooooo delicious and sooooo simple. 1 cup s-r flour, 1 cup milk, 1 egg and 1/2 cup of berries. Mine don’t look quite as nice as the ones in the link but they tasted great.
- Grab an apple on the way out the door
For some reason if I’m heading somewhere I find it quite easy to eat an apple on the way. Am I just bored by eating fruit and need to be doing something else at the same time?
- Make a smoothie
Yum – I love frozen yoghurt, banana, honey and wheat germ blended up into a delicious smoothie – and at the end of it that’s one more piece of fruit I’ve eaten!
- Add fruit on your breakfast
Again – maybe it’s the distraction but a banana or strawberries on my weet-bix is quite delicious and means I don’t mind skipping the spoon full of sugar.
- Mix fruit through some yoghurt
I managed to find the most delicious passionfruits today so I’m planning to stir one through a bowl of yoghurt tonight. I don’t normally have dessert but it’s the price I have to pay to achieve this mission.
- Make a fruit based dessert
Again – it’s the price I have to pay to achieve this challenge – but I might just have to make a peach melba or berry sorbet to reach my goal by the end of the week.
Wish me luck and send your tips through to help me achieve my goal!