A few years ago, I decided that it was time for me to start eating more fruit. I had recently joined Instagram and kept seeing pictures of people eating an abundance of delicious fruit every single day. They looked healthy, they looked peaceful, they looked happy. And I was ready to join them. My only problem? I absolutely hated fruit. I was already vegan, but since the decision to cut out all animal products was a purely ethical one, I saw no reason to stray away from vegan pizza and donuts (I am still very fond of both, just for the record).
Believe it or not, but before going vegan, I had never even had a mango or a watermelon. Most fruits were foreign to me and I didn’t get why people liked strawberries, blueberries or cherries. Little did I know that my taste buds were so used to processed foods that I was unable to truly taste fruit. Despite my undeniable hatred of it, I decided that I, too, was ready to be healthy and as a consequence, look peaceful and happy.
So I ventured out to buy fruit, lots of it. I got apples, mangoes, berries, kiwis, peaches, bananas, anything I could get my hands on. Somehow I thought that buying fruit would have a magical effect on me and that I would suddenly fall in love with it. The opposite happened. With every bite, I disliked it a little more. Instead of eating all the fruit I had bought, I used it to decorate my dishes. As much fun as that was, I was conscious enough of a consumer to know that I didn’t want to waste all that food. The solution I found ended up being what helped me transition to an overall healthier diet the most. I started making smoothies with my $10 immersion stick blender. As simple as that may sound, for someone like me, who was used to takeout and microwavable food only, this was revolutionary.
Nowadays, I couldn’t imagine my life without fruit anymore. Little by little, smoothies helped me appreciate, like and eventually even love it, in smoothies and by itself. I have it every day and it actually tastes amazing to me now. At the time, I didn’t know that we can easily train our taste buds to get used to new tastes. All it takes is for us to eat a little of it every day for about 10-15 days. It truly is that simple.
Whether you feel about fruit the way I used to or you already love it, here’s a simple yet incredibly delicious and nutritious smoothie recipe for you to try. Enjoy!
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 pack frozen pink pitaya (dragonfruit)
1 tsp maca powder
1 tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup water
Blend all ingredients until smooth.