Sorry for the corny intro, but every time I say Fruit Salad, I now have to say Yummy Yummy. If you’ve ever seen The Wiggles, you’ll understand! If you’ve not ever seen them….well, it’s your lucky day! You can go and watch the Fruit Salad video now. But be forewarned. IT WILL GET STUCK IN YOUR HEAD (as it is in mine right now!). OK……back on track, Sarah.
I’ve been talking about migraines here a lot lately. I guess it’s on the brain…..and for a good reason. In this time of craziness, we are trying to keep my 10 year old daughter’s diet completely free of MSG to see if that makes a difference. At first she wasn’t on board at all because she happens to love processed foods more than any other. But, as we’ve stayed away from the potential MSG products, she’s noticed less pain in her head. We’ve not been doing this very long though, so we’re not sure if it’s just a coincidence or not. Regardless, we’re reading labels like crazy trying to figure out if some of those long ingredients are hidden MSG products. It’s so frustrating that they can hide MSG in the description called “Natural Flavoring”! She’s been committed all day today to eating MSG free. Yes, one whole day. We’re taking baby steps here!
Even though I’m often making a lot of my food from “scratch” (as in I don’t buy frozen meals, but I still use canned goods and other shortcuts to make my meals), I still depend on convenience foods when time is short. It seems that time has been REALLY short here lately and I’ve been depending on it even more than normal. I can’t even seem to find the time (or will) to shop and plan for a week of Freezer to Slow Cooker meals. I’ve been scrambling when it comes to dinner time. I want to go to the store every day to pick out what we’re having, but who has time for that? Not to mention it ends up costing you a lot more when you shop that way!
Tonight, I made Taco Soup for supper because I happened to have the right ingredients on hand. It turns out that my 10 year old doesn’t really care for Taco Soup, so she was eager to find an alternative thing she could eat. That was a good thing, because as I thought about it, the taco seasoning packet most likely had MSG in it. That is one of those shortcuts I’ve used many times in the past, that I’m not going to be able to use any more. I’m finding that there are more and more things like that in my cupboard. It makes it hard to feed this 10 year old!
Since I’ve been on my Shaklee180 diet, I’ve been keeping a lot more fruits and vegetables in the house. Knowing that, she requested that we make fruit salad for her dinner. Our family usually has fruit salad at Thanksgiving dinner, but I rarely make it more often than that. I guess it is because it’s time consuming to cut up all of the fruit. If you’ve never made fruit salad, it’s super easy and of course very nutritious!
How To Make Fruit Salad
- Gather up all of your fruit (we used apples, pineapple, oranges, & frozen strawberries)
- Wash them (or rinse with the homemade produce wash)
- Chop them up into bite sized pieces.
- Toss them all into a bowl and mix up.
- Add yogurt to the bowl to slightly moisten the fruit.
If your family is anything like mine, there won’t be leftovers. This dish is very forgiving and you can mix and match any fruits and yogurts that you want to. We typically add any fruits we have in the house. Bananas, peaches, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, blueberries and more are delicious in the fruit salad as well as the ones we used above. My 10 year old even put cantaloupe in hers…as I tried not to gross out (definitely not a fan!). Normally we’ll buy Vanilla Yogurt to mix in, but tonight all we had was Peach, so that’s what it got.
After we made the fruit salad, I asked my 4 year old daughter to hold it for me so I could take a picture. That went well for the first picture (shown above)…but then her little 1 year old brother caught a glimpse of what she was doing. If he could talk well, he’d be yelling, “Let me help!”
and then after a second or two longer, he thought he’d try and take the bowl from her. That fruit just looked too good! You can see in the picture below that she was not one bit happy about that proposal! After all, this was HER job. She was hanging on to that bowl for dear life!
What about you? Do you make Fruit Salad? What are your favorite fruits to put in?
This is Day 9 in a 10 day series I’m doing on Healthy Eating. I’m doing this series along with the iHomeschool Network. There are many topics to choose between. Click the picture below to see the rest of the topics!