I never quite know how it happens but every now and then, I (and as a consequence my entire family) fall off the fruit and vege wagon.  I’m suddenly as far from the ‘perfect mum’ as I can get! I get busy, I forget to have fruit cut up in the fridge,I get busy, I ‘don’t have time to cook a proper dinner’, I get busy, we just order takeway, I get busy, I put hubby in charge and we have 2 minute noodles!

Suddenly two weeks have passed and I wonder why I have fruit and veges piling up in the fridge, on the bench and in the cupboard.  And, I’m sure I’m overexaggerating, but the kids start to err on a whiter shade of pale and their behaviour leaves more to be desired than usual.

The effect on me I’m sure is far more profound; my emotions, my logic and my mothering instinct all come under fire and I descend into a pit of self-loathing (well perhaps not quite that dramatic) but I do start to beat myself up.  Not only for the fact that I’m not giving my children the nutrition they deserve – particularly when there are other children in the World who need it so badly; but also for the money that we end up wasting.

When I think about all the fruit & veges I end up tossing out because they’ve become a slimy mess in the bottom of the crisper and then combine this with the cost of the takeaway etc we’re buying, Mother Guilt really gets her fangs out!

Yes, it’s not a pretty picture at all!  So, this morning I scrubbed the crispers, relined them all with paper towel, sorted every last carrot into the ‘chuck, soup or fresh’ piles, have chopped up pineapples and diced rockmelons so there’s no excuse.

Later today, I’ll arc up the slow cooker and make a beef hotpot (and hide that giant eggplant), I’ll make a giant apple & pear crumble, I’ll put out carrot sticks and homous for afternoon snacks and we’ll all be back on the wagon!

If you’re interested, a while back I wrote a post on getting more fruit and veges into your life.  Check that post out here.

And if you have any tips for including more fruit & veges in your family’s diet, we’d love to hear from you.

All the best mums … Nikki H x


  • Yeah, not so much here. I love my fruit and veg too much to let it go to waste and throw it out

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  • I could have written this article myself. It happens sometimes, it’s ok as long as it’s just ‘sometimes’ and doesn’t become a habit

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  • We toss them out all the time as there’s always one or two at the bottom that go soggy etc.

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  • I hate wasting fruit and veggies but it happens!

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  • No way, nobody is perfect :)

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  • Happens to us all the time… the best laid plans and all that.

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  • I havr bought fruit and vegetables in bags and found some rotten ones in them the next day. Definitely not edible. They have to go in the compost bin.
    The rockmelon won’t last long cut up as it goes soggy and then off quickly afterwards. I have bought bananas that looked perfect on the outside and pelled until I cut it open. It was all brown on the inside. I can’t drive and only have access to the shops with assisted shopping transport so it was cheaper to throw them in the compost bin than get a taxi. It happened twice so I k=no longer buy bananas. I found out later that there was a virus in some of the areas where they are grown.

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  • My mother in law…….I remember her cutting off the squishy rotten brown bits so she didn’t have to throw any veggies out

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  • A trap we have all fallen in at some stage no doubt.

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  • Oh that dreaded mother guilt! I found I use my dehydrator quite a bit when I have surplus fruit. The kids love dried fruit for a change. When I have extra carrots, beans or other veges, I often slice them, blanch them and freeze them in a zip lock bag. That way when I’m in a hurry, I can take out the veges I need, reseal the zip lock bag, and my prep time is dramatically cut down. Thanks for a great read Nikki, I’m glad I’m not the only one that needs that night off from cooking every now and then.

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  • This happens when I start working more unfortunately. I just start again and hope it doesn’t happen again

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  • Poor fruit and vegetables forgotten in the fridge! :-)

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  • lol yeah try to make a soup if need be

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  • That was an interesting article! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Haha We have all been there !

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