Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Trader Joe’s Tuesday - Spring into Fresh Fruitiness

[Hey all...I'm on the road this week and the hotel last night lost its internet connection for some bizarre reason, so I wrote this on Trader Joe's Tuesday but am just now able to post it...sorry for the delay!]

The healthiest I ever feel is when I am doing proper food combining. If you don’t know what food combining is, google it and you’ll learn a lot, I’m sure. I started food combining in the mid-80’s and my digestion is ALWAYS flawless when I do it.

One of the places I cheat is mixing bread and cheese, which is a big no-no because our bodies have a hard time digesting complex carbs and protein all at once.

But, one of the places I have remained mostly faithful throughout the years is eating fruit on an empty stomach and waiting at least 30 minutes after eating the fruit before I eat any non-fruit items.

I’ll tell you, if you are having digestive issues of any kind, even just starting your day out with fresh fruit will I think really make you feel better. I always use the analogy that it’s like eating scrubbing bubbles when you get up…scrubbing bubbles that work through your digestion, clean you out and freshen you up.

Trader Joe’s makes this super easy no matter what your budget. If you can spare some extra change, and you are trying to save time in the morning, you can get pre-cut pineapple and melons, throw in some lovely berries and you are set for a most exquisite Spring breakfast.

The less expensive alternative is cutting up your own pineapple and melons. Of course, with the berries, all you have to do is wash them off (actually one tip is to turn the plastic box over and make sure there are no moldy berries in the mix)!

Lazy Tips on Choosing Pineapple and Melons:
• Pineapple – the less green the better, but the true “tell” on a pineapple is how it smells – just one whiff and you’ll smell if it’s ripe (great pineapple smell), overripe (overly sweet, almost sour), un-ripe (not a lot of smell at all).
• Honeydew/Cantaloupe – Press the bottom center of the melon and if it pushes in, it’s ripe. Once you start doing this you’ll get the hang of it. Some have no give at all – they are un-ripe. Some are way too mushy – can be overripe.
• Watermelon – Hold in one hand if you can and slap with the other…does it sound hollow? Again, with practice, you’ll get better at this. You’ll start hearing what “hollow” even sounds like in a watermelon!

And, then the cheapest Springy Fruit Breakfast will come in the frozen food section. Trader Joe’s has a WONDERFUL selection of frozen fruits – mixed berries, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, papaya, etc. You can either prepare your bowl the night before and cover in the fridge so it’s thawed by morning OR you can throw it all in a blender with a little water or juice and make a smoothie.

If you want to throw the food combining caution to the wind, you can definitely add yogurt. Trader Joe’s has a bijillion varieties!

Bon Appetit!

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