I have had a really busy day.  They all are actually.

I did go to the grocery store today and have been going to town on juicy food.

I picked up this “personal watermelon”, i.e. a mini watermelon, from the grocery store.

I like the theory of smaller watermelons because really, I don’t need to buy a watermelon the size of a TV since I have no parties coming up and therefore no help to eat down that tv-sized melon.

The problem is that sometimes they are mealy and mushy.  But I think that can be all watermelons, not just minis.

Christine told me that she looks for watermelon with white on them because it means they’ve been ripened on the vine longer and produces less mealiness.

I tried the white tip today…

…with nice success!

Juicy perfection. Not mealy and mushy.

I also picked up this huge yellow pepper for $1.25

Peppers are a splurge item if they’re not on sale but I’m so glad I bought this gem

Crunchy and sweet!

I could make a Wild Rice & Raw Stuffed Pepper with it

Or stuff them with any sort of quinoa salad or pasta salad.

Or use as a most excellent vehicle for dipping out mouthfuls of Cheater’s Guacamole

Who needs chips when you have pepper wedges?

I love having fresh fruits and veggies cut up and waiting for me in the fridge.  Makes my life easier.

And I love having a treat stash in the freezer.  Dozens of balls, bites, and bars.

Today I reached in for a few No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites

They hit the spot.  Mango counts as juicy food, right?

It was fun reading over the comments from my last post, Greens & Reds, about what the last green (or red) food you ate was.

And I also enjoyed hearing what supplements you take, and your overall thoughts about supplements vs. real food.

And my Packing Lunches post is still going strong.  Guess everyone likes to read about what other people pack in their lunches.  Thanks for continuing to fill me in on your lunch bag stash.


1. What was the last juicy thing you ate?

The yellow peppers and watermelon!  Yum!  And I’m well-hydrated from all that watermelon.

2. Do you have any whole watermelon picking tips?

I have tips on how to select perfect, whole, pineapples here

3. What was the last juicy thing you did or heard?

The last juicy thing I did was buy a few things online for myself.  Not “juicy” per se, but it sure was fun cyber shopping when I should have been sleeping.

Last juicy thing I heard…where do I start?  From who’s having an affair, to who’s getting divorced, to who’s getting plastic surgery, to who’s pregnant, to who’s short-selling their house, I have friends with very interesting lives.  I heard all of that in the past couple days.  Juicy much?

Your turn to dish on all things juicy!

P.S. I just started a new giveaway, Summer Tea Time!

And it’s the FINAL reminder to enter the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 GiveawayWinner announced on the next post.


39 Responses to “Juicy”

  1. Maria — June 23, 2011 at 5:47 pm (#

    I just ate watermelon for dinner! I am addicted!

  2. Jaime — June 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm (#

    I can legit eat an entire regular sized watermelon all at once. MAJOR food baby, but so yum. I try not to do that too often, but it happens at least once per summer. No shame, haha ;)

  3. Ali @ Urbanfruitbat — June 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm (#

    Yum, that watermelon looks amazing!! It is certainly melon season. I ate some really juicy oranges about an hour ago! And I will be having some juicy cantaloupe later today! Mangoes count as a juicy fruit for sure! I will be scoping out some watermelon for myself at the market this weekend, thanks for the reminder! I use the same picking tip you use, as well as tapping on it to see if it sounds dense. Juice guaranteed!

  4. Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free — June 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm (#

    I ate tons of watermelon today!! And strawberries and grapes :D A day at the beach leaves me wanting more juicy fruit!

  5. Heather @ kissmybroccoli — June 23, 2011 at 6:01 pm (#

    I love using fresh peppers as dippers for hummus and guac! Yum! I’ve always heard to pick a melon that is heavy for it’s size. They say you should smell the poles and it should smell melon-y (?) but I never can tell.

    The last juicy thing I ate was a peach the other day that I had to hold over the sink it was so juicy! I was in Heaven!!

    PS, those mango bites look incredible!!

  6. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — June 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm (#

    Thanks for the watermelon tip! I’ll be sure to try it out and see if it works for me. I like the idea of smaller, individual sized foods, like watermelons, too. Although, Dustin and I could eat a tv-sized one, we might not get to it. Like the poor pineapple still lingering in the fridge, lol.

    The inside of that watermelon is soooo pretty! It looks like a design, doesn’t it?!

    I love colored bell peppers, but yeah, only when they are on sale! Did you know that yellow, orange, and red peppers are the same as green? They just stay on the vine longer to turn different shades. I didn’t know that and thought that it’s pretty cool. :)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — June 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm (#

      “Did you know that yellow, orange, and red peppers are the same as green? “– No I did not!

      I hate green peppers, something about them is just too…green. I also hate onions and garlic and it feels like the same family…but I guess not really. Just diff ripeness levels of the red/orange/yellows.

    • Baking 'n' Books — June 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm (#

      I didn’t know that either! I actually thought I read before though that the green could be harder on the stomach ? Not sure why..I think it was in an Oxygen Eat Clean mag though…who knows!

      Gosh – I haven’t had watermelon for ages! I LOVE yellow peppers. They are a treat compared to green. I really should pre-cut my veggies. Would save a lot of time.

    • Amber K — June 24, 2011 at 8:59 am (#

      I’ve also read that greens are harder on the stomach, but I’m not sure where! I do know that they are more bitter than the other ones and that’s why not as many people like them. I always buy them because I can handle them and they are always less than half the cost!

  7. Jess — June 23, 2011 at 6:24 pm (#

    Is a mango considered juicy? Sure. Because I had that about twenty minutes ago!!

    I LOVE personal/mini watermelons :D

  8. Sarah — June 23, 2011 at 6:35 pm (#

    Watermelon is my absolute favorite summer fruit. It’s just so juicy and delicious; the perfect snack to cool off during a hot summer afternoon.

  9. Estela @ Weekly Bite — June 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm (#

    I love watermelon!! Even if we buy the mini’s I still have a hard time finishing it all… they are still so big :)

  10. Courtney @ girlinthepink — June 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm (#

    Mmm I’ve been snacking on juicy strawberries (my fav when they are in season). I love your blog and photography, very inspiring! :)

  11. kris (everyday oats) — June 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm (#

    I just had a couple bowls of watermelon and now my belly is stuffed and happy :)

  12. char @ char on a mission — June 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm (#

    I love the watermelon tip! I normally knock on it to see if it sounds hollow (those are the ones I go for…best taste!).

    The last juicy thing I had was some pineapple!!

  13. O.C. — June 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm (#

    Personal watermelons are so cute!
    The last juicy thing I ate was a grapefruit, I love those in the summer and this gloomy Canadian weather is making me crave summery foods.

  14. lisa — June 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm (#

    I went to buy a pepper today and it was $3.99! Needless to say, I did not buy it…

  15. katie @ KatieDid — June 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm (#

    In fact I had the messiest/ juiciest mango today. It was a champagne mango that I forgot I had so it was extra ripe and mangos in general are some of the juciest fruits!
    Juicy gossip hmmmm… for my job someone really really famous might be coming to have an ‘event’ with us next week. I can’t discuss it with anyone, its very exciting though!

  16. Katie — June 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm (#

    I have been eating an entire bell pepper everyday lately. And we just bought watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, and cantaloupe for the BBQ we are having here tomorrow on MY NEW GRILL!! I love summer. :D

  17. Hayley @ Oat Couture — June 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm (#

    The last juicy thing I ate was an apple straight from the fridge! Yum! :)

  18. Emily — June 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm (#

    The cross section of that watermelon is beautiful!!
    I’ve had a juicy apple, strawberries, and blueberries today, yum!

  19. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life — June 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm (#

    Mmm the watermelon looks delicious — perfect for these hot days in SoCal that I’m seriously loving!! Oh hot weather, how I missed thee! :) And I just added those mango cookie dough balls to my “must make” list; they look amazing!
    Last juicy thing I ate were some raspberries. Last juicy thing I heard? Good question — I guess this means I don’t have enough friends down here yet, because I can’t think of anything! Oh, well, I DID just move here. :)

  20. Ragnhild — June 24, 2011 at 2:39 am (#

    Great tips about the water melon! I want them to be juicyjuicyjuicy, not mushy!

    I went on a date the other day, and the guy I met was like an open book! He told me so many stories about his friends. I would say they was the most juicy stories Ive heard lately :P
    But every day I hear so much from my friends, and we love to talk (read gossip) about everyone and everything :)

  21. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun — June 24, 2011 at 3:06 am (#

    I’m the same with watermelon. I LOVE it but rarely buy it because I fear the mealiness. I will ahve to remember that white check tip.

    Also, having fresh fruit/veggies easy to grab and pre-cut in the fridge is HUGE. Especially to feed little hungry bellies quick with nutritious stuff and not a ton of snack pack items. ;)

    PS – White chocolate mango balls? HOW in the heck did I miss those?!

  22. Alyssa — June 24, 2011 at 3:28 am (#

    I love the natural symmerty in fruits and vegetables – the pattern in your watermelon is lovely!

  23. Kaitlyn — June 24, 2011 at 4:55 am (#

    The symmetry inside that watermelon is just about perfect!!

    I am having some oats with blueberries right now. The berries are super ripe and i cooked them for a few minutes in the oats so they burst with juice when I bite them! (This is my blue food for the day too!)

  24. Gena — June 24, 2011 at 5:25 am (#

    One of the reasons I enjoy reading your blog is precisely because you are so busy and lead such a real life! Way to show us delicious food in spite of that.

  25. Heather (Where's the Beach) — June 24, 2011 at 5:39 am (#

    I had an apple in my oatmeal – that’s juicy right ;-)

  26. dragonmamma/naomi — June 24, 2011 at 5:56 am (#

    I was eating some juicy watermelon of my own last night. The $3.49 melons from Trader Joe’s are pretty consistently crunchy, but I still get an occasional one that’s gross in the middle. I can always tell as soon as I start cutting it in half. If the knife makes a cracking noise and the melon starts to split, I know it’s a great one!

  27. Krista — June 24, 2011 at 8:35 am (#

    Regarding melons; my Dad has always told me that it should sound hollow when you tap it and feel heavy for it’s size. You should also be able to smell it and see no green. Thesew tips have always worked for me! ;)

  28. Amber K — June 24, 2011 at 9:01 am (#

    That watermelon looks perfect! I must use this white tip. Oh and what a beautiful yellow bell pepper! Peppers make some awesome dippers!

    And it’s not “juicy” news, but I got my Stevia package yesterday!! I was sooo excited. My husband was quite confused on why I was THAT excited, lol. But I had never won anything on a blog before, let alone anything so cool!

  29. eva @5FruitsNVeggies — June 24, 2011 at 9:18 am (#

    last juicy thing i ate, a nectarine…before that green papaya in a thai green papaya salad

  30. Christine (The Raw Project) — June 24, 2011 at 9:39 am (#

    Thanks for the shout out, glad the tip worked! Think I got that from a Good Eats episode. Not me, I like watermelons as big as a TV, especially when they’re as cheap as the mini ones. I just freeze what I can’t eat in time for smoothies or for an awesome recipe I’ll be posting later today.

    Great recipe inspiration, thanks.

    1. Lots – watermelon, local orange, and a really ripe peach.
    2. Just the white spot tip. Since I go after the monster ones, I don’t have a lot of advice for buying minis.
    3. Not much lately, unless buying new tech toys online is juicy. :-)

    • Averie (Love Veggies and Yoga) — June 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm (#

      Alton Brown/Good Eats is my Hero :)

      Freezing watermelon? Oh that is genius b/c you’re right even if the texture changes, for smoothies, it wouldnt matter.

      Or maybe for your recipe…adult beverage maybe?

  31. Get Skinny, Go Vegan. — June 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm (#

    Love juicy food & would consider a move to California for this very reason.
    I think I could easily transition into being a fruitarian.
    Truly. I love sugar.

  32. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — June 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm (#

    I love watermelon so much … I seriously think I would be happy having just watermelon for a meal!

  33. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 28, 2011 at 3:09 am (#

    You know it’s funny I’ve heard so many people say that they hope their friends and families don’t find out about their blogs and I keep thinking I wish mine remembered I have one! LOL Seriously, I don’t think they’ve ever mentioned it even though I’ve always been open about it. Oh well,the grass is always greener on the other side, right? :-)

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