So I have a confession to make. I’m not the best fruit eater. In summer I can easily eat my weight in fresh raspberries but apart from that the best I generally get is fruit in smoothies or berries topped on my porridge/chia puddings/bircher. I do occasionally crave a crisp apple but I normally will snack on veggies over fruit. However I am always trying to sneak more fruit into my diet. Fruit is such an easy snack, plus its packed packed with so many nutrients. I find a lot of people struggle with fruit throughout winter as our choices here in NZ aren’t as exciting as summer, so heres my top tips:
1. Stewed Fruit: Luckily Rhubarb is in season during winter. Technically it is a vegetable but since we eat it like a fruit thats what we call it! I stew a batch during the weekend making it easy to put on your hot porridge each morning.
2. Curries: So I know this isn’t for everyone but have you had a Duck Curry lately…How good are those grapes!
3. Crumbles: Winter is the perfect time to have crumble for dessert. Its quite possibly the best comfort food.
4. Warming smoothies: Ok so most of the time during winter I don’t feel like smoothies…due to the obvious! But when I do I take to adding warming spices such as ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. Plus its a great way to “spice” up your flavour combinations.
If you would like help with meal ideas and plans , contact NZ Registered Nutritionist Larissa Beeby for your own nutrition consultation either online, in person or over the phone.
Director / NZ Registered Nutritionist