Fruit are Sublime

Nature’s dessert… yes, life with fruit is better than life without. And you might be surprised at what happens with fruit. The nutrition facts are pretty basic:

  • 15 grams carbohydrate
  • 0 grams protein
  • 0 grams fat
  • 60 calories

The carbs are high, but all in all it’s not too bad.

And the options are endless! One serving of fruit and you have a lot from which to choose; however, it’s not quite as straightforward as the veggies. There are lots of choices, but depending on the fruit the amount differs:

  • 1 4 oz. apple, small and unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 4 rings dried apple
  • 4 5.5 oz. apricots, fresh
  • 8 halves dried apricot
  • 1/2 cup canned apricot
  • 1 4 oz. banana (a small one)
  • 3/4 cup blackberries (ding! ding! ding!)
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 melon (about 11 oz.) or 1 cup cubed cantaloupe
  • 12 3 oz. fresh cherries (I wanted to type Cheerios)
  • 1/2 cup canned cherries (eauw!)
  • 3 dates
  • 1-1.5 large or 2 medium (about 3.5 oz.) figs
  • 1.5 dried figs
  • 1/2 cup fruit cocktail
  • 1/2 (about 11 oz.) grapefruit (eauw!)
  • 3/4 cup canned grapefruit (not an improvement)
  • 17 small grapes (approximately 3 oz.)
  • 1 slice or 1 cup cubed honeydew melon (about 10 oz.)
  • 1 3.5 oz. kiwi
  • 3/4 cup canned mandarin oranges (no thanks!)
  • 1/2 or 1/2 cup small mango (about 5.5 oz.)
  • 1 5 oz. nectarine (a small one)
  • 1 6.5 oz. orange (a small one… nope)
  • 1 cup cubes or 1/2 of a papaya (about 8 oz.)
  • 1 4 oz. medium peach, fresh
  • 1/2 cup canned peaches (no juice)
  • 1/2 large pear (about 4 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple (yippie!)
  • 1/2 cup canned pineapple (see fresh pineapple… tastes better, you get more… no brainer!)
  • 2 5 oz. small plums
  • 1/2 cup canned plum (that just doesn’t sound appetizing)
  • 3 dried plums (a.k.a. prunes)
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1 cup raspberries (ding! ding! ding!)
  • 1.25 cups strawberries (ding! ding! ding!)
  • 2 8 oz. small tangerines
  • 1.25 cups or 1 slice (about 13.5 oz.) watermelon (yippie!)

You have the option of unsweetened fruit juice, but I think it’s a waste of my fruit allotment! But, if you are so inclined, one fruit exchange in the juice world is:

  • 1/2 cup apple juice/cider (see, I’d rather eat the apple)
  • 1/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 cup reduced-calorie cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/3 cup fruit juice blends (100% juice)
  • 1/3 cup grape juice (1/3 of a cup… just ain’t worth it)
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice (eauw! I don’t like the fruit… why drink the juice?)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (okay, I may not like the fruit, but I love the juice!)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (only at the Tiki Room in Disneyland, and maybe the Dole Factory in Hawaii)
  • 1/3 cup prune juice (um… no)

Clearly, I’m more at home in the world of fruit… like I said, natural dessert. And good the rest of the day through as well!

Source of this data? Don’t really know… the dieticians gave it to me. They’re very nice that way. Although, theirs didn’t have all the entertaining color commentary.

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