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What to do if you don't like many fruits?

I'm trying to eat healthier and really need to consume more fruits. Both my boyfriend and I don't like the texture of many fruits but like the flavor. We thought about buying a juicer but I've heard they are hard to clean and the fruit gets expensive because you have to use a lot of fruit. Then I thought I could make smoothies in the blender instead but not sure how often I'd feel like hearing that loud, humming noise. Any ideas or suggestions?

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  1. Bake or grill fruit to change texture..you can add a crumble or pair it with something salty or spicy if those are flavor profiles you like. You can make them into frozen fruit bars or sorbets (sweet or not) or you can use them in frozen yogurt.

    If you want to have juice, buy it already made so you don't have to purchase a ton of fresh fruit. Try to find the types with no added sugar. Use these in smoothies.

    1. Why do you need to consume more fruits? Can you focus on veggies and other foods with similar nutrients?

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      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I just want to eat healthier and thought the main thing lacking from my diet was fruit. I think I will focus more on veggies since I like more of them.

          1. re: conphident1

            The best way to consistently eat more fruits and vegetables is to eat what you like! Veggies are great snacks. Dried fruit and fruit juices are often much higher in calories and missing the fiber (juice) or have added sugars (dried fruits). So just eat the kind of fruit you do like but IMO veggies are much more important.

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              Other than cranberries, I have never seen dried fruit with added sugar, unless it is dolled up with chocolate or other coatings. Certainly not anything I've ever bought, and I use a lot of dried fruit.

                1. re: ohmyyum

                  Dried mango is also available pure

                2. re: greygarious

                  Some of the cheaper brands (store label brands) add sugar to pineapple, mango, kiwis, blueberries etc. and the ever popular "banana chip" which is fried is another to be wary of.

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    Trader joe's has great dried fruit.

                    1. re: magiesmom

                      I just polished off the very last of the dried pineapple from TJ's. It was labeled dried baby pineapple. Super chewy, so flavorful. My fav buy from there all year.

          2. Make fruit pie. Or make ice cream with fruit. Or both. And eat together.

            Problem solved.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Ummm....not exactly. If the OP is trying to eat healthier, sugar with a smidgen of fruit will make the overall diet less healthy. My answer to the headline: I don't like much fruit, so I don't eat much fruit. I do try to cram down as much salad and vegetable as I can stand.

              1. re: mwhitmore

                I dunno about you but I always feel better after a slice of pie and some ice cream.

                And for me, at least, being healthy is all about feeling better about yourself.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Great idea, but I have never liked fruit pies or fruit in my ice cream. I made an apple pie one time that I liked but it was likely not good for me lol

              3. Hi. Welcome to Chowhound.
                I'm not fond of many fruits, so I look to vegetables for variety, color and nutrients.
                Whether you choose to juice fresh fruit, or make smoothies in a blender, either machine will make noise. Motors make noise :)
                You could use pre-made smoothies and juices (Bolthouse, Arthurs, Happy Planet, etc.) and discover which flavor combinations you like. Then get a machine which does what you want.

                1. Juicing isn't necessarily healthier- you consumer far more calories and sugar/ carbs in a glass of juice than you do eating a piece of fruit due to the amount it takes to make a glassful and you don't get the health benefits of the fiber in the fruit.

                  Eat what fruits you like and increase your veggie intake if you feel like you aren't eating enough fresh produce- just try to make sure you're eating lots of different colors so you're getting lots of different vitamins.

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                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                    Thanks. I didn't know that but it makes sense. Think I will focus more on vegetables and start trying more I haven't had.

                  2. What fruits do you like? And what fruits do you not like on account of texture?

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                    1. re: ricepad

                      I love pineapple and cantaloupe fresh, or canned pineapple. I can eat peaches and pears but not fresh ones. I no longer like apples but like applesauce. I love the taste of banana but the texture gets to me after two bites. I like some grapes. I guess I do have many fruit options but for some reason I don't enjoy eating them very often.

                      1. re: conphident1

                        Reading what you do and don't enjoy in fruit is helpful in making suggestions. When you buy canned fruit or jarred applesauce do you buy low sugar versions?

                        You don't need to like every fruit and vegetable to round out your daily meals. The fruits you do enjoy is enough to add value.

                        While I don't agree that fresh juice is unhealthy at all, only you know what you need to consume more fruit.

                        1. re: conphident1

                          I didn't enjoy eating fruit, either. I had to make a conscious effort to have it on hand (and NOT have my usual snacks available). It's starting to become more natural now to grab an apple off the counter instead of opening a bag of Tostitos.

                          For canned peaches and pears, grab some of the ones that aren't packed in syrup. They might say unsweetened, or sweetened with Splenda.

                          1. re: Kontxesi

                            My current canned pineapples say packed in water. The ingredients list: pineapples, pineapple juice. The peaches say no sugar added and packed in water. Ingredients list sucralose.

                            1. re: ricepad

                              I don't like the texture of oranges or other citrus fruits. I had one orange in my life that was divine but it was in Florida. We don't get the same quality here in the Midwest.

                            2. re: conphident1

                              If you like the taste of bananas you would probably like banana "soft serve"- just freeze peeled chunks of very ripe banana, let them defrost and then blend until light and fluffy. Its like ice cream!! You can do lots of variations and additions. Stupid easy.

                              1. re: conphident1

                                how do you feel about grapes, kiwis, berries (strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberry...), oranges, tangerines, mango, papaya, persimmon, etc? grapes can be frozen and eaten and are delicious that way. other melons than cantaloupe (honeydew, watermelon, etc) can be good... also, what about things like thai green papaya salad (savory, using strips of pounded green papaya almost as a crunchy slaw in a dressing)? tomatoes are a fruit, too, so technically using tomatoes in your diet would be adding more fruit.

                            3. Juicers remove the fiber, which defeats much of the benefit of consuming fruit.

                              Buy good quality dried fruit. Keep it in the fridge or freezer, in airtight containers, pour out a serving and let that come to room temp before eating. Always drink water along with it, to approximate what you'd be getting in fresh fruit, and to fill you up. Too much sugar and calories if you pop dried fruit like potato chips. Dried fruit is inevitably sweeter, with more intense flavor, than fresh.
                              You won't waste it, since it doesn't spoil in a few days. Also, it takes less storage space and weighs less in the grocery bag. On a dry-weight basis, it's cheaper than fresh, too.

                              1. While juicing removes fiber you still receive nutrition benefit if you don't eat a lot of fruit to begin with. You can get fiber in other ways to make up the difference. And if your system is not use to fruit you want to work up to a new level of enjoyment-go slow or even the fiber left by juicing will affect you.

                                But if texture is one of the reasons you haven't enjoyed fresh fruit, a fresh made juice does taste smoother. I own a blender, juicer and an electric citrus juicer and I use them nearly every day. They all make noise (funny comment you made)! The clean up isn't a big deal, just a good rinse.

                                Does your dislike of fruit include dried fruits? Most are chewy but not the small texture as a fresh fruit.

                                And how about homemade sauces like apple, pear or a combo? How about cider? How about citrus teas? And if you enjoy yogurt adding fruit and blending it is sort of like a tangy milkshake that you adjust thick or thin.

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                                1. re: HillJ

                                  The only dried fruit I've tried and liked is banana in my cereal or in homemade granola bars. I've never made a fruit sauce but the apple-pear sounds delicious. There are many fruits I can eat, although I don't necessarily enjoy eating them: pineapple, cantaloupe, and canned peaches & pears. I would like to incorporate more into my eating but them alone or the texture is the turn-off for me.

                                  1. re: conphident1

                                    Textures can turn me off too, Maybe why I enjoy fresh juice is the texture changes. Dried pineapple is one of my favorite dried fruits. And the fruits you've listed are def. enough to cover the get more fruit idea. But adding more vegetables isn't a bad idea. Just take note of which ones you're loading up on so you don't wind up with a bellyache.

                                2. The fiber in fresh fruit is an important part of it value. When you extract the juice, you remove the fiber and end up getting more fructose, which is not good for you. Fructose intake is limited when eating whole, fresh fruit, because you can't eat that much of it.

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                                  1. re: GH1618

                                    Good point about the fructose but the OP hasn't identified why they need more fruit in their diet. Or if there are any health concerns. And, if you are going to use juicing as a way to get your nutrients, and fructose is a concern you should stick to the vegetable and berry juices, as they will be lower in fructose. Also you can make sure you are getting enough fiber throughout the rest of your day by means of leafy greens and other vegetables. Cover your protein.

                                    I would not recommend replacing solid foods for liquid alone. But that isn't what I'm getting from the OP's question. So if fruit in the form of juicing, smoothies or purees helps reach a goal to include more fruit in the entire diet, I don't see an issue.

                                    1. re: HillJ

                                      It isn't a big issue, but juicing is a lot of trouble to go to. If you don't like most fruit, just don't eat it. There are alternatives. And you can just buy a quart of juice now and then. Even I do that (although I'm very selective). You won't save money by buying a lot of fresh fruit and throwing away everything but the juice

                                      1. re: GH1618

                                        Unless you use the pulp. Bakers do. In muffins, breads, etc. I can't stand bottled, watered down juices or even premade "healthy" juices don't wow me. I can catch a sale on fruit and make juice at home for a week. I guess because I've been making fresh squeezed and juicing fruit and vegetables for so long it's not any different than making eggs & toast in the morning. Unless you have a health issue, I think juicing is currently getting a bad rap in very broad strokes.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          Certainly there's nothing wrong with making your own juice - it's going to taste better and be more nutritious than what you buy in the store.

                                          The bad rap, I think, comes from the idea that juicing is an amazing panacea, which will keep you healthy, make you lose weight, prevent cancer, and flood you body with magical enzymes, which is mostly wishful thinking and bad science.

                                          In reality, fresh juice is high in various vitamins, but is also quite high in sugar, and it's easy to consume a lot of calories that way. And if you add a lot of juicing to your diet without removing other high calorie items, you'll end up gaining weight.

                                          1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                            True, true if you are looking for a shortcut to weight loss. I thought the OP was looking to add fruit to their day. Since the OP doesn't include any adverse or specific health issues I tried not to assume any. Texture is not a health issue.

                                            Personally, I've yet to hear a medical profession discourage anyone from adding fresh fruit, even juiced, in their diet if they do not have medical health issues.

                                      2. re: HillJ

                                        There are some fruits I can eat but they aren't something I necessarily enjoy. I would like to incorporate more into my eating mainly just for the health benefit. Blueberries, bananas, kiwi, strawberries, and papaya for instance. I don't like them due to texture or their taste alone. I have no health concerns. I simply want to eat healthier........not for a short term goal, but for forever.

                                    2. I agree with fldhkbnva. It is not clear to me that fruits are all that healthy especially compared to vegetables.

                                      Unlike you I like fruits. My problem is that I am too lazy/forgetful to eat fruits. I have to individually peel or prep the fruits each day, and I often forget to bring them with me for lunches....etc.

                                      Vegetables are different. They are part of my meals, so I won't forget them.

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                                      1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                        I only include fruit in my diet because I'm using it to replace things I need to eat less of. (Smoothies instead of biscuits and gravy, grapes instead of a whole bag of tortilla chips...)

                                        They're really just sugar, and I can get most(all?) of the vitamins they provide from vegetables that I enjoy.

                                        1. re: Kontxesi

                                          That's one reason I have been researching fruit. Not to necessarily eat it everyday, but to replace the unhealthy snacks I sometimes have at work or home.

                                          1. re: conphident1

                                            If a bell pepper or radishes (or whatever veggies you like) work as a swap for your snack cravings then have those! If you are trying to swap chips for a fruit that you actually don't like then that change will be hard to sustain in the long term

                                      2. Juicers aren't necessarily good from a health perspective, because you extract the juice but discard all the fibre, so you can consume a lot of sugar without feeling full.

                                        Smoothies are a good idea - peaches, apricots, mangos, pineapple, bananas, berries etc. are good for that, and work with frozen fruit as well.

                                        For summer - pure fruit popsicles. I puree mango and freeze it in molds, nothing else added, for a cold snack.

                                        Dried fruits are an option, if you avoid ones that are sweetened (ie, candied fruits). Sprinkle them on salads, have them on cereal, or eat as a snack. I found a crispy apple chip once that was made with pure apple - no oil, no sugar - that was delicious.

                                        You can cook them - make apple/pear/peach/guava sauce to go as a side for meal.

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                                        1. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                          Your recommendations sound a lot like my own but if we're talking sugar and fiber, smoothies can have more added sugar than fresh squeezed juice and how you add the fruit to a smoothie will change how much fiber you'd be getting. Most smoothie shops use purees and add a banana to thicken the drink. Frozen fruit puree can have sugar added. And dried fruit has the natural sugars so concentrated you'd be getting plenty.

                                          So, on the point of natural sugar/fructose I think it's a bit overstating this as a negative if the OP is actually trying to add fresh fruit to their diet, since there is going to be sugar involved, but hasn't actually said a thing about any serious health issues.

                                          Do you recall what brand of commercial apple chip that was with 100% pure apple? So many aren't.

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            Unfortunately, the apple chips were from Germany - my husband brought them back from a business trip. I'd love to figure out how to reproduce them, because they were light and crispy and flavourful, and slightly sour in a refreshing way.

                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              Yeah, I never trust what I'm getting at a smoothie shop. When it says "orange" on the menu, it's usually orange JUICE loaded with sugar. They do have calorie counts available, but I find it easier (and cheaper of course) to make them at home. Partially thawed pineapple/mango/papaya blend, a banana, and a handful of frozen berries.... I always know what I'm getting!

                                                1. re: Kontxesi

                                                  Totally agree. Those smoothie shops are basically selling fruity frappes.

                                                  I start most mornings with a smoothie made in my blender (not a juicer) so I can use the whole fruit. This AM I had one with kale, carrots, blueberries, cherries, mango and pineapple long with 1/4 cup of flax. Heavy on the veg/berries, light on the other stuff.

                                                  1. re: foodieX2

                                                    That's the type of smoothie I want to consume!

                                                2. re: HillJ

                                                  "Bare snacks" are a fruit only dried/dehydrated fruit snack- they're really good! I love the mango one
                                                  http://www.baresnacks.com/nutrition-f...

                                                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                    Thank you for the recommendation, Ttrockw. Where did you find them?

                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      Here's a link to where to find them. They have them at my Kroger. http://www.baresnacks.com/find.php

                                                      1. re: conphident1

                                                        Looks like I'd have to buy them online. Thanks for the add'l link.

                                                      2. re: HillJ

                                                        I've found them in health food stores and some delis here in nyc, and of all places in the news kiosk at jfk! (For 3xs the $ anywhere else...)
                                                        My 8yr old nephew loves them too

                                                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                                                          Thanks again, Tt. I'm heading to WF tomorrow for cheese so I was kinda hoping the Bare Snacks would be avail there.

                                                  2. re: tastesgoodwhatisit

                                                    I need to buy some molds. The pure fruit popsicles sound wonderful! I bought dried banana recently and added it to a homemade granola bar recipe. That was good. The sauce idea is great too. Thanks!

                                                  3. I think you should just get a blender to make smoothies. It'll be your easiest and most cost-efficient way of getting fruits in.

                                                    As for the "loud, humming noise," (wtf) invest in a pair of ear plugs and keep them on a string next to the blender.

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                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                      The noise really isn't a bother unless someone in the house is sleeping but if I'm hungry or want to use it, then they can get the earplugs.

                                                    2. A juicer that removes fiber is not a health move worth doing. What fruits do you like?

                                                      You needn't eat fruits, anyway. A diet of veggies and nuts is amply nutritious. I have some relatives now going on some neo-paleo diet in which no fruits are even allowed apart from grapefruit and partly green bananas (sugar-detox).

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                                                      1. re: Bada Bing

                                                        Thanks for the information. I'm going to start trying more veggies that I haven't tried.

                                                      2. Nothing says that you HAVE to eat fruit to be healthy... if you like vegetables just eat twice as much of them, preferably without a lot of high-calorie additives. Juicing is not a good way to be 'healthy' because you get all the calories from the fruit and none of the fiber (it's all tossed away)...

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                                                        1. re: Kajikit

                                                          I have decided to NOT get a juicer.

                                                        2. "not sure how often I'd feel like hearing that loud, humming noise."

                                                          I'm sorry but I think that's a rather funny and lame excuse!! hahahaha

                                                          Reminds me of why I stopped lifting weights, those dam things were just so heavy!!

                                                          It seems like you decided to eat more vegetables I'm just not sure how different vegetable textures are than fruits. There are a lot of different fruit out there with many varying textures.

                                                          Anywho....good luck.

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                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                            I've decided to eat the fruit I know I like more often (which isn't very often at all!) and try others I don't like "plain" in a smoothie occasionally. Also upping my veggie intake.

                                                            1. re: conphident1

                                                              What kind of fruits do you like the texture of?

                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                Pineapple and cantaloupe. Canned peaches and pears are okay. I can eat grapes.

                                                                1. re: conphident1

                                                                  Well if you like cantaloupe then you have to try honeydew, same texture different color.

                                                                  Canned peaches are a very fleshy fruit, try plums and apricots as they are more fleshy along the lines of canned peaches. (FYI canned peaches or pears with their syrup and cream/milk is a very yummy night time snack).

                                                                  If you like grapes then raisins shouldn't gross you out too much, nor should fresh cherries. If you like raisins then you have a bunch of dried fruit like prunes, figs and dates to try too!

                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                    Honeydew is good but cantaloupe I like better. I think I'll try apricots. I can't handle raisins lol. Fresh cherries I could probably eat too. I tried a date and did not like it. Thanks for the suggestions.

                                                                    1. re: conphident1

                                                                      Take a dried date, slice once side open and stuff it with blue cheese, wrap it in half cooked bacon (cooked but still limber, limp) and bake for ohhhh about 5-10 mins. I bet you will change your opinion of dates!!! (I should have said earlier you can wrap almost any fruit in bacon and you will be surprised how much you will suddenly like that fruit!!)

                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                        Bacon-wrapped durian? Even the pigeons would make a face.

                                                                      2. re: conphident1

                                                                        Apricots are a nice choice, fresh, canned, dried and in baked goods.

                                                            2. I start out from the premise that, as an adult, I don't have to eat things I dont like to eat.

                                                              So, I think the OP has a choice here. Not eat more fruit, eat more fruit and get used to the texture, or eat more fruit in a texture that is liked.

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                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                I'll likely eat more of the fruit I do like, try ones I have not yet tried, and occasionally use ones I don't like the texture of or don't like alone in a smoothie or something of those sorts.

                                                                1. re: conphident1

                                                                  Based on what you like, I suggest trying kiwi. The darker the skin, the riper, I find. Flesh should yield, like a ripe tomato or peach. Halve crosswise, scoop out with a spoon. Or peel and slice.

                                                                  Frozen grapes and berries are nice for snacks and desserts.

                                                                  Melt dark chocolate with some virgin coconut oil, dip frozen slices of banana into the chocolate and return to freezer.

                                                                  Blend very ripe banana with other fruits and freeze as faux ice cream/sorbet.

                                                              2. I see from several of your replies that you're going to start using a blender to make smoothies and the like. Might I suggest also buying some rum and/or tequila....?

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                                                                1. One reason I like eating fruit is because the hint of sweetness is enough to keep me away from less healthy choices - cake, pie, etc.

                                                                  As others have mentioned, you might try cooking fruit to give it a new dimension. Marinate fresh pineapple in orange/lemon juice and grill. Slice apples thinly and sauté in a pan with butter, sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, and dash of white balsamic vinegar. Or make preserved lemons and use in salad dressings, with meat, grains, etc.

                                                                    1. The only fruit I will eat in it's fresh and natural form is pineapple when it's in a mai tai. I find combining yogurt, frozen berries and a bit of milk in a tall cup and blending with the immersion blender to be a satisfying breakfast.

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                                                                      1. re: gourmanda

                                                                        Fresh pineapple is heaven in my mouth.

                                                                        1. re: conphident1

                                                                          My favorite fruit. Every tried grilled pineapple?

                                                                            1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                              hey ohmy. I haven't seen you 'round. :) nice to see you.
                                                                              I tend to splash light soy or a touch of Blaze glaze on the pineapple after it's grilled. But a savory mascarpone sandwiched btwn two grilled slices of pineapple sounds very appealing!

                                                                      2. Rather than trying to change the fruits, why not try to slowly adjust to fruits?

                                                                        First, don't eat anything sweet, or sweetened (with sugar or other types of sweeteners). Also try to eat less processed foods, as they tend to have lots of tastebud-deadening things in them. If and when you eventually crave something sweet, have a fruit such as cherries, strawberries, watermelon, sweet grapes, sweet apples or sweet oranges.

                                                                        Second, eat a piece (start small, work your way up to a whole piece) of fresh fruit a day, something that is in season and Not refrigerated. (Some people, myself included, hate eating cold fruit. You might find that room temperature fruit is more compatible to your palate).

                                                                        3. Try out different types of fruits, one a day. Gradually work your way up to a whole piece, and even more, as you get used to it.

                                                                        1. I try to drink at least 2 quarts of water a day. In cider season, I am happy to include in that a glass of 1:1 diluted cider. Unfiltered apple cider has a lot of flavor so the diluted version is still apple-y and sweet. Other fruit waters are good, too.

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                                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                                            Great idea. I usually dilute my juices (grape, cranberry, etc.) because they are too strong. Good way to drink more water.

                                                                          2. If a person doesn't like vegetables, they just have to grow up and get over it. If you don't like fruit, on the other hand, it's no big deal as long as you make up for it with vegetables. There's nothing in fruit that you can't get from veggies-- a red bell pepper has more vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber than an orange, for example. Eat the fruits you like, eat extra veggies, and you'll be fine.

                                                                            1. I am in the camp that thinks fruits are not very healthful and should be used as desserts.
                                                                              Sometimes I will put an apple in a green vegetable based smoothie, or a handful of berries in a smoothie.

                                                                              Mostly, I eat fructose (fruit) for dessert.

                                                                              1. if you don't like then don't eat it. there are other ways to eat healthy. or you can always try the baby/toddler theory of sometimes one must eat a new food 8 times or so before they like it. I don't remember the number of times but it's something absurd like 8-10. maybe higher. my 5 year old loves sauteed kale but this wasn't instant love. he first had it in a well blended shake for a year. then, sauteed and sprinkled sparsely on pasta. now he'll eat a bowl.