Monday, January 27, 2014

Rules for Using Fruit

There's a LOT to cover with this rule. So let's get right to it.

RULE #8 : FRUIT - Select one Vitamin C fruit - orange or grapefruit - each day. Otherwise, vary selections. Fruits may be eaten raw or cooked. One-half cup equals 1 fruit, except where otherwise marked. 
No bananas, cherries, dried fruits, grapes or watermelon. 
Women: 3 fruits daily. 
Men: 5 fruits daily.

Keep in mind--this rule comes directly from the ORIGINAL Weight Watchers cookbook, 1966. The fruit rule was later revised to allow ONE serving of banana, cherry or grape per week. So calm down, banana lovers.

The fruit recipes provided in the Original WW Cookbook include a TON of gelatin molds. They also often involve strange combinations with other foods like celery, pimentos, onions, green peppers, and the list goes on. Cottage cheese makes many appearances, too.

And I never in my life realized there were so many different ways to prepare a grapefruit!

But...One fruit recipe in particular caught my attention. Mainly because it had "cheese balls" in the title. Anytime you mention cheese balls, I am SOLD. So here we go...

I have to admit, I am not a fan of mixing sweet and savory flavors together in my salads. Call me a prude, but I think it goes against the rules of salad making. A salad should either be ALL fruit or ALL vegetables, in my opinion. Once you start putting apples in your garden salad, things get crazy! The next thing you know there are pecans in there. And raisins. And OH my GAWD, the humanity!

Anyway -- this Retro WW Salad goes against all of my OCD salad rules. But here it is. Apples and celery and pimentos and all. God help me.

 What's your take on fruit salads? 


Averyl said...

I actually love dried (against vintage WW law) cherries in my salad. If you think about it most commercial salad dressings contain lots of sugar and I don't use them, so fruit kind of makes sense to me.

Anonymous said...

According to some beliefs, fruits digest differently than most foods and when eaten with something else, they will ferment! Thus causing indigestion and the like.

Anonymous said...

I, for one, absolutely love the older programs - they WORKED!!!! AND they made sense. Think about it - the fruits they mentioned as only eating certain ways have more sugar. Over the years, all that has changed to the point that they are not even counted now!!! Too far in the other direction if you ask me.

Sherrie Vineyard said...

You also must remember that one banana serving was not the same as one banana. It was about 5 inches of banana or a really small banana. It works out to about 1/2 a banana. craziness. it was craziness.

Patricia P. said...

I hope you can help me locate a recipe. It was a spinach pie that made two lunch servings. Has spinach, eggs, cottage cheese, onion? and dill weed. Baked it in two small dishes, maybe in a water bath. I don't remember. Had the recipe copied from an old WW cookbook. But, somehow I've lost it. Thanks in advance.

Mimi said...

Hi Patricia--I may have something similar on my 1974 set. But that one does not sound familiar to me. Will let you know!