Here I am, five weeks postpartum and I’m going through some serious sugar withdrawals. They’re bad. The irritability and cookie cravings are out of control, I tell you.
Pregnancy was super fun because I enjoyed a faster metabolism and eating under the guise of ‘hormones’. I gained a sturdy 29 lbs over the 41+ weeks I was pregnant, and it’s unfortunately not coming off as quickly as I had anticipated. I even started exercising again, but it’s not nearly as easy as I remember it (especially after a cesarean!). Isaac and I were up to 10 miles on our long-distance runs when I found out I was pregnant. Now I can hardly complete one full mile. It’s discouraging.
Knowing what had to be done (as it never should have begun), I decided to kick my cookie, ice cream and candy habit. At least until the next pregnancy, wink-wink.
I remember trying to kick my life-long sugar habit in college, and I did it with this fruit salad. It’s become my signature bring-along over the last 8 years since it truly never disappoints. Preparing this fruit salad brings back fond memories of music festivals, barbecues, hiking trips, and potlucks. Each event was the perfect occasion to bring along this fruit salad.
It’s incredibly simple, and healthy, and requires basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
I’ll be chowing down on this until I can see my sugar cravings in the rear-view mirror.
My Picnic-Worthy Fruit Salad “Recipe”
1 Large Honey Crisp apple, or 3 small ones. This should total 2-3 cups.
1-2 Bananas, depending on size. I prefer to buy the longer ones.
1 single-serve container of Greek Vanilla Yogurt, approximately 5 ounces.
2/3 cup Granola, I always use Kashi’s Go Lean Crunch.
1. Chop apples into bite size pieces.
2. Slice banana into bite size pieces.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, bananas, and yogurt. Mix until coated evenly.
4. Sprinkle granola mixture over the top of the salad, and serve.
-Keep the granola separate until you’re ready to serve, if you mix it in prematurely, and the fruit salad sits for a period of time, the granola gets soggy.
-The ratio of apples to bananas should be roughly 1:1.
-I’ve always used vanilla yogurt, feel free to try out Strawberry, Orange, or another fruit-flavored yogurt instead.
-Kashi Go Lean Crunch is a staple around my house, if you have another granola based cereal, or snack at hand, feel free to try it out instead.
-Tart Apples tend to do this dish an injustice, I highly recommend sticking with Honey Crisp or Red Delicious.
-You can also throw in some grapes, or strawberries, but just like the childhood song, I like to eat apples & bananas.