Fruit Platters

Fruit Platters

We have seen children who swear that they hate fruit dive into a fruit platter as if they haven’t eaten for a week. There are two things going on here 1) As soon as you put one platter in between two or more children, the scarcity principle kicks in and they grab at the food regardless. 2) Fruit is naturally sweet and delicious and children think they don’t like it because they get bored with eating a whole apple or can’t be bothered to peel an orange. If you have chopped up all the fruit and removed the inedible skins for them, they will really enjoy the different flavours. Ingredients: A good selection of ripe, fresh, fruit in season (washed) e.g.: apples, pears, oranges, grapes, nectarines, peaches, melon Natural Live Yoghurt (optional) Low-fat cottage cheese (optional) Method: 1) Use the largest plate you have. 2) Get peeling, chopping and slicing. Leave any edible skins on and chop all the fruit so that you just have to dive in with fingers and enjoy. This is a really satisfying meal and seems a lot more filling than when you just eat pieces of fruit on their own. You can add a couple of spoonfuls of low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat Natural Live Yoghurt in the middle of the platter for a filling dip. Tropical Fruit Platter: Pineapple, mango, melon, papaya, banana, sharon fruit, star fruit, kiwi fruit and grapes – whatever you can find in the supermarket. Berry Fruit Platter: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries – again whatever you can find. Stone Fruit Platter: Nectarines, peaches, plums and apricots. Citrus Fruit Platter: Orange segments, grapefruit segments, kumquats, satsumas and clementines. Staple Fruit Platter: Available all year round – sliced apples, sliced pears, grapes and bananas. Note –  Too much fruit and particularly tropical fruits, can be bad for both Candida and Hypoglycaemia. Please use your judgement – if your conditions are not too severe then the nutritional benefit of a fruit platter will outweigh the dis-benefits.

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