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Whether you’re picking your own, gathering bushels from the farmers’ market or buying in bulk from the grocery store, strawberries by the bowlful are what’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner this time of year (or at least they should be). But stemming and coring the delicious red berry can be tedious. In this week’s Mad Genius Tips video, F&W’s Test Kitchen fruit ninja Justin Chapple shows you how to make quick work of that annoying task—armed with nothing but a straw. Learn more quick and brilliant skills by watching all of F&W’s Mad Genius Tips videos.

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Losing Weight
  1. Always start a meal with a glass of water: You’ll stay hydrated and feel fuller instantly, which can help you from overeating.
  2. Make a few simple swaps at every meal: Going for a vinaigrette dressing instead of a Green Goddess dressing at lunch can save you 80 calories, while opting for fresh fruit instead of dried can save you dozens as well. Get a list of simple swaps to save calories here.
  3. Have a piece of dark chocolate for dessert: Instead of opting for the cookies in the break room, quiet your sugar cravings with a piece of dark chocolate. It may not feel quite as satisfying the first few times, but as you wean yourself off your sugar addiction, you’ll be glad you’re saving calories while having a healthy yet decadent treat.
  4. Be diligent with portion control: If you want to lose weight, sticking to the right portions at every meal is important. Measure out snacks beforehand instead of eating from the bag, use smaller plates to visually signal that your meal will satisfy, and put away leftovers, so you’re not tempted to go back for seconds.
  5. Move more: Even if you’re not dedicating an entire chunk of time to a workout, you can burn a few extra calories by making an effort to move a little more during the day. Taking breaks to walk around the office, opting for the stairs instead of the escalator, and parking a little farther from the office entrance are all simple ways to up your calorie burn.
  6. Don’t drink your calories: It’s a common reason why you’re not seeing results — those empty calories from a daily soda, morning juice, or large glass of wine at dinner can really add up. Stick to water flavored with a fresh ingredients likecucumber, lemon, or mint in order to save on important calories.
  7. Don’t go hungry too long: A little hunger can be good for you, but starving yourself all day in order to “splurge” on dessert at night is both unhealthy and diet sabotage. Eat well-timed meals and snacks in order to avoid low blood sugar levels that cause you to crash.
  8. Snack on high-protein, high-fiber foods: When it’s time to snack, make your food work for you. Steer clear of the empty, high-calorie options like chips and crackers, and go for protein- and fiber-rich foods that taste good and fill you up too. You’ll be able to eat fewer calories while still feeling satisfied. One of these150-calorie snacks will surely hit the spot.
  9. Eat a light, early dinner. Try to keep your dinner to about 25 percent of your daily calories, and have it at least two to three hours before going to bed. Eating too much too late can cause digestion and sleep issues that make it hard to stick to a healthy routine.
  10. Get more sleep. Lack of sleep can cause you to eat more throughout the day and not have enough energy for your workouts, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep every night. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your weight-loss goals on the right track.


🍌🍉 Tips to help you eat more fruits 🍌

🍉 In general:

  • Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
  • Refrigerate cut-up fruit to store for later.
  • Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
  • Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.
  • Consider convenience when shopping. Try pre-cut packages of fruit (such as melon or pineapple chunks) for a healthy snack in seconds. Choose packaged fruits that do not have added sugars.

🍍 For the best nutritional value:

  • Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit rather than juice, for the benefits dietary fiber provides.
  • Select fruits with more potassium often, such as bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, and orange juice.
  • When choosing canned fruits, select fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather than syrup.
  • Vary your fruit choices. Fruits differ in nutrient content.

🍉 At meals:

  • At breakfast, top your cereal with bananas or peaches; add blueberries to pancakes; drink 100% orange or grapefruit juice. 
  • At lunch, pack a tangerine, banana, or grapes to eat, or choose fruits from a salad bar. Individual containers of fruits like peaches or applesauce are easy and convenient.
  • At dinner, add crushed pineapple to coleslaw or include orange sections or grapes in a tossed salad.
  • Make a Waldorf salad, with apples, celery, walnuts, and a low-calorie salad dressing.
  • For dessert, have baked apples, pears, or a fruit salad.

🍍 As snacks:

  • Cut-up fruit makes a great snack. Either cut them yourself or buy pre-cut packages of fruit pieces like pineapples or melons. Or, try whole fresh berries or grapes.
  • Dried fruits also make a great snack. They are easy to carry and store well. Because they are dried, ¼ cup is equivalent to ½ cup of other fruits.
  • Keep a package of dried fruit in your desk or bag. Some fruits that are available dried include apricots, apples, pineapple, bananas, cherries, figs, dates, cranberries, blueberries, prunes (dried plums), and raisins (dried grapes).
  • As a snack spread peanut butter on apple slices with berries or slices of kiwi fruit.
  • Frozen juice bars (100% juice) make healthy alternatives to high-fat snacks.

🍉 Make fruit more appealing:

  • Many fruits taste great with a dip or dressing. Try plant-based yogurt as a dip for fruits like strawberries or melons.
  • Make a fruit smoothie by blending plant-based milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. Try bananas, peaches, strawberries, or other berries.
  • Try unsweetened applesauce as a lower-calorie substitute for some of the oil when baking cakes.
  • Try different textures of fruits. For example, apples are crunchy, bananas are smooth and creamy, and oranges are juicy.
  • For fresh fruit salads, mix apples, bananas, or pears with acidic fruits like oranges, pineapple, or lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

🍍 Fruit tips for children:

  • Set a good example for children by eating fruit every day with meals or as snacks.
  • Offer children a choice of fruits for lunch.
  • Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up fruits.
  • While shopping, allow children to pick out a new fruit to try later at home.
  • Decorate plates or serving dishes with fruit slices.
  • Top off a bowl of cereal with some berries. Or, make a smiley face with sliced bananas for eyes, raisins for a nose, and an orange slice for a mouth.
  • Offer raisins or other dried fruits instead of candy.
  • Make fruit kabobs using pineapple chunks, bananas, grapes, and berries.
  • Pack a juice box (100% juice) in children’s lunches instead of soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Look for and choose fruit options, such as sliced apples, mixed fruit cup, or 100% fruit juice in fast food restaurants.
  • Offer fruit pieces and 100% fruit juice to children. There is often little fruit in “fruit-flavored” beverages or chewy fruit snacks.

🍉 Keep It Safe:

  • Rinse fruits before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits briskly with your hands to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel after rinsing.
How to Properly Freeze Fruit for Longer-Lasting Freshness

Here’s a simple method that’ll allow you to freeze almost any fruit. It’s pretty straightforward (although, depending on the fruit’s water content and structure, you may want to refer to our notes below). But the key things to remember are that moisture and air are the enemy of frozen foods.

  1. Wash and dry your fruit thoroughly.
  2. If the fruit has a skin, peel it. Carve away any bruises, gashes, or other undesirable spots.
  3. If your fruit is larger than bite-sized, cut or slice it into uniformly-sized pieces of your chosen size.
  4. Pat your fruit dry again with a towel or paper towel. Aim to remove as much moisture as possible.
  1. Transfer fruit to a tray covered with parchment paper (this is where the bench scraper comes in handy again!). Spread fruit into a single layer. Cover with plastic cling wrap; transfer tray to the freezer, and freeze for several hours or up to overnight.
  2. Remove your tray from freezer. Gently peel fruit off the parchment paper, and transfer to labeled freezer bags. Squeeze as much air as you can out of freezer bags before sealing them. Your fruit’s ready to go, and will last for 6 to 9 months.

Important Things to Remember for Certain Fruits

Because every fruit is different, there are a few tips for each that will help you freeze it more effectively. Here’s what you need to know for:

  • Apples: Sweet apples tend to hold their flavor better in the freezer than tart varieties. Peel their skins and slice them before freezing; if you’re freezing a large batch and want to prevent browning, then soak the apples in a saltwater solution as you’re prepping them.
  • Bananas: Peel first, then slice, before freezing.
  • Berries: Wash blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries, stem if necessary, and dry thoroughly before freezing whole. (Strawberries take well to being sliced, too.)
  • Citrus: The best freezer method for preserving lemons, limes, grapefruit, or oranges is to save the zest and the juice separately. Juice the citrus and transfer juice to an ice cube tray to freeze. (You could also freeze in a seal-tight plastic bag and lay it flat to freeze.) You could simply zest citrus directly into a freezer bag, but here’s a tip we love, courtesy of Baking Bites: Divide citrus zest into single serving portions (such as teaspoons or tablespoons) for convenience.
  • Kiwi: Peel first, then slice, before freezing.
  • Mangoes: Peel and cut a mango before freezing it.
  • Melons: Cantaloupe, honeydew, and Crenshaw varieties freeze well; watermelon does not, due to its very high water content.
  • Pineapple: Peel and core pineapple before slicing and cutting, then freeze. If your pineapple is particularly ripe, save the leftover juice and freeze that, too.
  • Stone fruit: Peel peaches, plums, and pluots before slicing and freezing. Apricots do not require peeling. Cherries should be pitted before freezing.

Why Not Just Buy Pre-Frozen Fruit?

First, a disclaimer: I buy frozen fruit all the time. I’m an avid smoothie drinker and I love to play around with flavors, so I often buy bags of specific items that aren’t seasonally available, like cherries and peaches, to throw into my blended drinks. But I still also freeze my own fruit, because it’s the best way to control quality, especially level of ripeness. Case in point: Note the store-bought frozen strawberry, blueberry, and blackberry mix I bought on the left, and compare that to the strawberries I froze myself on the right.

Another example: Store-bought, already-frozen pineapple often includes the mouth-irritating core of the the fruit. But when I plop my own frozen pineapple into the blender, I know my smoothie will only have sweet, tender pieces of pineapple in it. The same goes with mango pieces; check out the freshly-opened prepackaged version on the left and the home-frozen on the right.

Freezing your own fruit also allows you to control variables like size and cut. And while store-bought frozen fruit often comes with chunks of ice in it, if you thoroughly pat your fruit dry, you won’t have to deal with any frost-related dilution.

my mom has gotten SUPER into star wars lately and we rewatched all of the movies this past week

and the morning after we watched attack of the clones, we’re sitting at breakfast and she’s cutting up a pear and she suddenly goes LOOK AT MY JEDI POWERS

and throws a hunk of pear across the table at me