Webster's defines a rut as a usual or fixed practice. It is getting accustomed to doing the same things the same way over and over again. We're in a rut when we take the same route to work, watch the same television shows, and eat the same foods day in and day out.
Ruts aren't necessarily bad for us--but when it comes to eating, they can lead to boredom that will throw the most diligent healthy eater off course. If you're in a rut, you're due for a change!
This does not mean creating a five-course meal. It can simply be changing how you prepare the everyday foods you already like. A change in serving temperature or cooking method can turn the usual ho-hum meal into something far more interesting. Here are some creative ideas for fruit just to get you started.
APPLES: Instead of a raw apple, add 1 cut up apple (Granny Smith are good) to a saucepan with 1/4 cup water, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 cup apple juice concentrate, 2 whole cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the spices and serve a warm, comforting apple dessert.
BANANAS: Split a small banana in half lengthwise. Drizzle with 1 Tbsp orange juice and 1 tsp brown sugar. Place in baking pan, cover, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes until the banana is soft. It will have a creamy texture like custard.
ORANGES: Peel off the skin of 1 medium orange. Slice and sprinkle with 1 tsp cinnamon and top with 1 Tbsp pomegranate seeds. An elegant way to serve citrus!