Are you having trouble meeting your recommended daily intake of fruits, or just simply tired of routine eating of the same fruits every day? That’s understandable. Even your favourite meal can become unpalatable when your consumption of it turns into a daily routine. Variety, they say, is the spice of life, and the same applies to fruits.
There are several ways to spice up your fruit game, and this is not about another quirky smoothie combo. No, this is five, fantastically tasty and amazingly good fruit-based meals that will take your fruit game to a whole new level of deli-nutritious.
After the first ear of banana, successive ones can be boring. Over time people started to eat it with groundnuts to make it more fun. But what if you had this gorgeous Banana Bread sitting on your dining table for breakfast? It is made from mashed (usually overripe) bananas. With a breakfast of banana bread, you get most of the potassium, fiber, and B vitamins you need, with a great spirit to start your day. What is more? It will help lower your blood pressure and reduce the risks of cancer and asthma. All in all, it will leave you feeling grateful Nature’s gifts and human genius.
An apple a day
keeps the doctor away!
So they say;
But what if you miss a day? Would that automatically mean a date with the doctor? Chances are, you will miss a day, if all the use you can put apple to is chewing. Here’s an idea, not that it is new; when you’re not chewing your apples, or drinking fresh apple smoothie, you could be eating the sumptuous apple pie. Apple pie is a classic any day, from the scrumptious filling to the flaky pastry crust. When homemade, it is goodness at its very best.
Coconuts are an exotic, superfood. Little wonder they grow at beaches. They feel ashamed when all you do with them is crack and chew. They are always eager to give you an assortment of drinks; from coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut sugar, even coconut flour. Their greatest pleasure is to endow your rice with their richness and unmistakable flavour. Coconut rice is quite easy to make; if fresh grated coconut and cooked rice are ready, it’ll only take a few minutes. An aroma of curry leaves and fresh coconut makes the rice flavourful. It is best eaten as lunch.
Peeling oranges is already work that merely sucking out the juice doesn’t quite justify. A lot more benefit can be derived from oranges, and more exciting ways of deriving them. Imagine cooking your slightly boiled boneless chicken or fish with pure orange juice. The flavour seeps into your meat, and ooze around your palates, giving you a new gastronomic experience. You will feel good for a long time, and hey, your vitamin C requirement will be intact.
Generally, Dietitians don’t send you on a Mango chase. They feel it may be too much stress given that mangoes aren’t very common. So they urge you to make do with apples, oranges, pineapples, watermelons and the likes. But you could stun them with a Mango art that will send them scampering for the fruit themselves. Ever heard of Curried Mango Chicken? This gorgeous dish, though Indian, is made with ingredients that can be hundred percent sourced in Nigeria: Mango pulp, curry leaves, sometimes, cashew-based sauce, and chicken. This dish really does please the eyes; and when it unites with the palates, gratitude explodes. Gratitude for not just food, but blissful food; food that fills, pleases, and nourishes.
In the end, food is an art, and the more we can re-invent it, the more we will enjoy it.