This disappointment with fruit is one of the reasons why I am so fond of baking. Fruit that is a little lacking can become something amazing when combined with sugars, fats, and spices that plump it up and make up for its lack of taste on its own. But cherry pie or peach cobbler is just not a very healthy choice (though I sometimes like to pretend otherwise, patting myself on the back for choosing the fruity dessert over the decadent chocolate dessert. Because it is sooo much better for me. Right.).
I do, however, like smoothies. And guess what? They are healthy! For real! So, in the summer, when I make a concentrated effort to eat more fruit, I often make smoothies. For me, this is a particularly good way to use the fruit that comes in my weekly farm produce delivery. I even prepare for smoothies by chopping all kinds of fruit into cubes and storing it in the freezer so that it can be tossed into the blender with fresh fruit at any time. Not only that, but I sometimes make a few days' supply* of smoothies all in one go, filling small plastic bottles with the prepared smoothie and storing them in the fridge, so that I can just grab one as I run out the door in the morning. How's that for efficiency?
*smoothies keep very well in the refrigerator for 2 days.
Tropical Melon Smoothie
I think the key to making a good smoothie is mixing fresh, ripe fruit and frozen fruit, and then adding just enough liquid to give it the right consistency. In this case, I add coconut milk to give it that tropical flair, and also to make this a non-dairy smoothie. However, yogurt would also work well in place of the coconut milk, but in that case I might add some shredded coconut to keep the flavor profile in balance. For an icier smoothie, you can also throw in ice cubes and blend, but you need to make sure that you have a high power blender that can handle the ice cubes.
1/2 fresh Galia Melon (Honeydew would also work), cubed
1/2 fresh banana
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1/4 cup coconut milk (reduced fat works fine)
Just dump everything in a blender and pulse until it is smooth!