Since the beginning of this year thanks to the January fasting in church and my 2 weeks juice cleanse this February, I have had ALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT of fruits and vegetables. I’m not one of those people who can’t eat the same thing after a protracted period of time and I actually really enjoy eating fruits so much that I can eat them every day whether or not I am on a diet. I don’t know whether this has anything to do with the fact that I am from Benue State – the food basket of the nation – where fruits are so cheap and always in season; but I’m glad either way.
Of course, we all know the benefits that come with eating fruits and vegetables but thanks to individual palates, I realize that overtime, different people develop a preference for certain fruits/veggies over and above the love for others. Take my mum for instance; she loves pawpaw, it’s her favourite fruit. But she doesn’t like overly ripe and soggy pawpaw, she prefers it half ripe and crunchy. I’m the total opposite. If pawpaw is not gooey and melting in my mouth, I don’t want it. But I hate to peel pawpaw because I find the seeds irritating, I don’t know why.
In veggie land, I don’t like celery at all. It feels like I’m eating stalk. And even for all the great PR this veggie receives as one those negative-calorie foods, I still pass up on it if I have an option. If I must eat celery, I’d have it diced into peppersoup or broth, then I can try, but even then… I still find myself pushing it around my plate. Lol
What about Cilantro? That pungent smell reminds me of mamak stalls in Malaysia and ugh! Tummy churns* Is it just me? Sometimes, cilantro and cucumbers smell like roaches [don’t ask me how I know what roaches smell like] * barfs*
But I do have my favourites.
- PINK GRAPEFRUIT!!!!
This is my all-time favourite fruit. Forever and ever.
It has been highlighted as one of the world’s healthiest foods. It is an excellent source of vitamin C which is packed with antioxidants and great for the immune system. It helps lower cholesterol, prevents kidney stones & colon cancer and my personal fav – works magic on the skin; amongst many other benefits. Basically, it packs a Mike Tyson punch.
However, in addition to its many health benefits, I personally think pink grapefruit is the most aesthetically beautiful fruit ever. It is so big, and pink, and juicy and beautiful. I was talking about it on twitter the other night and my girl Shirley comments that it looks like a big wet juicy *wait for it*.….. vagina! Oh my days! I laughed and laughed but I sort of see her point. I mean, just look….. I love it! Little wonder some of my favourite beauty cant-live-without-them products are pink grapefruit infused – such as the neutrogena facewash and bodyshop bathgel.
(photo credit: Bodyshop.com/amazon.com)
This powerhouse belongs to the spinach and chard family and both its root & leaves can be eaten. Beetroot helps stimulate liver detoxification, reduces blood pressure, fights cancer, lowers cholesterol and aids against constipation. It also fights dementia and improves brain function, helps runners & athlete performance and works magic for skin conditions. Beets can be boiled, grilled, roasted, eaten as a salad, juiced etc.
Some people don’t like the earthy taste/smell of beets but that’s the exact reason I love it. It reminds me of the smell on the first day of rain after a dusty harmattan season. It also reminds me of that muddy clayey stone people eat, the Igbos call it “unzu” (don’t know the name in English). And that strong rich red/purple colour is just…. beautiful.
If beets were humans, they’ll be that attention seeking friend we all love to hate but deep down we secretly admire and are jealous of because of their ability to work a room so easily. Beet comes late, get in there and demands to be noticed. Demands undivided attention! Demands dominance! And beet gets it! Beet is unapologetically bold and quite the showoff and we hate her guts; but we know there are so many perks & benefits of befriending her so we have no choice but to do so. She doesn’t let her size deter her. Ha ha!
The other day, I made a smoothie that had 800ml of other fruits and added just about 100ml of beet to it and the beet completely took over the colour & taste. I also made a beet salad and as expected, it completely took over. Like I said….. quite the showoff!!!!
PS: I read about a phenomenon called “BEETURIA”; which happens when you’ve had too much beets. It changes the colour of your pee and/or poop into a redish/pinkish/orangish colour. I’m dying to see red in my porcelain throne because…. curious cat!!! You already know I will share that picture with the world. Count on it! 😀
I love lettuce. It goes so well with everthing – salads, sandwiches, chasing witches in your dreams etc. lol. Lettuce is high in water volume – 90% water and extremely low in calories. It is rich in vitamins and ranked No.7 on the list of Powerhouse foods in 2014 as rated by the CDC. Eating lettuce significantly reduces the risk of a heart attack, stroke and lowers high BP.
One quick tip for lettuce – when your lettuce becomes limp & dull, soaking it in ice cold water for about 10 minutes will revive it and make it crispy again.
There you have it; my favourite fruits and veggies. What are yours? Share below