Tuesday, 15 July 2014

# Eat right # foodie

How to buy and store Fruits and veggies.

Good morning Sweets,
I know some people will read this topic and wonder, 'how else can I buy fruits?' Hahahaha! Ok I feel you but please just keep reading.....

I often get complaints from people, mostly students who want to lose weight or eat right. They complain that they can't do the whole 'eat fruits and veggie' thing because they don't have the time to prep them and most importantly, they don't have a refrigerator to store the items they need for 1 week or so. Some other people complain about power supply. Yes, the power situation in the country is pretty bad but there are ways to beat the system if you know what i mean. If you really want this healthy lifestyle, you have to understand that there are many battles to be fought, it is not an easy road. Please read on....

  1. When buying fruits, buy some semi-ripe and some already ripe. E.g: you want to buy 3 pineapples for the week, buy 2 semi ripe and 1 ripe one which you can eat same day or next day. Or buy 1 ripe, 1 semi ripe and 1 unripe, so that by the time you are done with the ripe and semi ripe, the unripe one is good to go. I hope its not confusing. lol! Same goes for every other fruit like apples, oranges, water melon, paw paw. This way, you get to save money and time. You get to shop only on weekends. that's what i do fridge or no fridge, no excuses..
  2. Buy more of fruits that have a long shelf life. E.g: Apples, oranges. Apples especially can stay for over a week without going bad. Same rule (1) above applies. Make sure the seller doesn't hand them to you. Pick out what you want by yourself, some of the fruit sellers are fund of selling rotten fruits to unsuspecting individuals (i have been a victim, once bitten though). Shine ya eyes o.
  3. When you buy veggies like carrots, cabbage, green beans, etc, store them in the (crisper section) fridge immediately, most of them stay long there. Make sure you store each one separately, or separate with some newspaper or separate ziploc bags. If you don't have a fridge, just air them in a cool area of the kitchen and sprinkle water on them every morning and night, that way, they stay fresh but not as long as those in the fridge.
  4. As for green veggies like pumpkin leaves, and scent leaves (yes they are my must-haves)what i do is that i buy the ones that are not wet, i pluck them from the stems and pack in ziploc bags, then store in the fridge. In a case where you bought wet ones then air them to dry on a newspaper before storing in the fridge. If you don't have a fridge then spread them on your veg rack and sprinkle water on them daily for freshness. get a spray bottle, Shoprite sells.
  5. Buy enough fruits and veggies that you need for the week so you don't have to worry. Although there are some fruits that ripen very fast like bananas, avocados, mangoes etc so if you don't have a fridge, stick with method 1 above or just buy as you eat. Lol!
  6. Invest in Ziploc bags. This is a MUST-HAVE for anyone on a diet or healthy eating. These bags help a lot to keep food fresh (in the fridge). Shoprite stocks them.
  7. If you don't have a fridge (students) Invest in a plastic or wooden kitchen rack where you can spread your fruits and veggies when you buy them. Remember not to store different fruits together, always separate them. Some fruits make others go bad faster.
  8. If you have left overs, cut then into cubes and store in the freezer for yummy smoothie which can also be frozen till you can eat it like ice cream. Don't let anything go to waste. 
  9. You don't have to buy every kind of fruit in the market all at once. Hint: Buy oranges and apples with some greens this week, next week do some pineapples and avocado, the upper week, do mangoes and watermelons and cucumbers etc. That way you get to save money as a student.
  10. But wait o, (students) it wont be bad to invest in a fridge, would it? A small cute one so that this healthy eating habit of ours can be sustained. Just saying ooo. *runs away* hahahaha!

I really hope these few tips of mine go a long to help. I found it a bit difficult when i started my journey, but i had to find ways to improve. I didn't just want to give up because 'nepa' refused to give me light. I had to go to market every 2 days to replenish my fruit supply. It was really frustrating, but i got through it. I use all of these methods above till today, and it gets easier because its a total lifestyle change. No more excuses guys, suck it up and get going!! Lol!  If you have tried any of these, kindly share your experiences with us. Gof bless.

Photo credit: goodhousekeeping.com , bakerette.com


  1. Babes thank u so much .... learnt some stuff here that i'll put to use .....

  2. Ooh nice! I'm glad you did dear. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for sharing this info, have issues with storage of my fruits bought in bulk. Very handy info :) God bless u sweets!