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 veggies 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 takeaway, I get busy, I put hubby in charge and we have 2 minute noodles!

Piling Up

Suddenly two weeks have passed and I wonder why I have fruit and veggies 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.

What A Waste!

When I think about all the fruit and veggies 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!

No More Excuses!

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 fruit and veggies wagon!

Oh, we’ve got a great fruit and veggies bread recipe for you to try – it’s the perfect way to hide and use up the fruit and veggies hiding in the kitchen. Try it here.

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

  • Once I end up with bits left over I do a veggie bake and it gets rid of the lot


  • Once, a long time ago, I could buy fruit and vegetables for the fortnight. These days many of them don’t last five days. I’m a frozen fruit and vegetable buyer now as well as tin food as I live too far from my nearest grocery store to be buying fruit and vegetables every five minutes. Less waste now I go for frozen and tin with minimal fresh.


  • I don’t overbuy fruit/veg so that I use up what I have before I buy more.


  • We all have those days/weeks. I buy frozen dinners and on those nights when I either forgot I’m responsible for feeding the kids, am exhausted or honestly can’t be bothered I pull them out and heat up one each for the kids, then hours later will make eggs on toast for my husband and I. Or I load up the air fryer with fish, chicken burger patties, or nuggets; chips and spring rolls then warm a garlic bread for dinner. As for fruit and veg, my kids love it, but I still find so much gets thrown out. But I in no way feel bad about telling them to get it themselves. Get an apples, wash it and eat it. Grab a banana. Open the fridge and fill a bowl with berries. If they are capable of doing it I encourage their independence.


  • This happens occasionally because…well like you said…life!! I dont usually throw too much out though with alot of it being saved to go in stews & cooking if it’s too far gone to be eaten fresh


  • Yes, it can be very easy to let veggies slip!


  • great article and loved all the ideas. I love the hiding vegies approach although my family can often “sniff” things out


  • Absolutely loved this article and the sense of humour. No wastage now. Great ideas though.


  • lots of bits and bobs of veg that isn’t quite crisp or perfect still, goes in a fritata, bolognese or soup.


  • I’ve certainly changed my eating habits in the past 18 months. I now buy fruit and veges every week and many times we actually run out before the next shop. Everything is washed before being put away and our snacks now consist of fruit. I don’t have any tips on how to include more fruit and veg, I just make sure it’s always fresh and appetising.


  • Every morning I cut up a bowl of fruit for all the kids and one in the evening for my husband, besides that they get a fruit in their lunchboxes and with what is cut of and left over I make a daily smoothy for them. I also try to add some quakes / carrots/ tomato and flava bans/ chickpeas in their lunchboxes. For dinner we never do take away, I cook for every evening dinner with as much as possible fresh veggies. Takes me often a hour or so, I wish I could cook quicker


  • We hardly throw out anything as we tend to cook most of what we buy, left overs etc we don’t finish go to our dog.


  • My kids are the odd kids, they grab fruit & veg snacks freely from the fridge, even at parties. At some parties, there has been nothing but junk and my eldest has asked for fruit or yoghurt. I allow her to indulge at parties but she chooses not to. My difficulty is the opposite, having enough fruit and veg every week.


  • It’s hard working and getting meals done but it’s so important. We very rarely eat take away. My idea of a quick meal when I have no time is fish, chips and salad so we are at least still getting the veggies and it isn’t as unhealthy as it could be. Most of the time I make time to cook something. Even if it’s a matter of preparing the slow cooker the night before and switching it on in the morning. I begrudge throwing anything out and must say that I do try to avoid it at all costs and rarely do throw out fresh fruit or veg.


  • I think we all find ourselves in this situation. I’m there now but with fruit. With the extremely hot weather I went mad on all things fruit (in the fridge) that I love to eat when it’s hot… only for it to drop to cool in Melbourne. So no-one wants to eat fruit. If its veg, I can cope. Everything can be thrown into a zucchini/vegie/surprise slice, but fruit… I don’t have as many options.


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