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Where be my Fruit Huggers?

Oh yes, that’s right. It’s:

Hug a Fruit Month!!!!

So let the kiwi kissing, apple adoring, and lemon loving begin!


Me? I love me some honeydew. The fruit, itself, is delish. However, the photo is a bit bland for my tastes…



That’s better, don’tcha think?

Find some yummy fruit, and hug away! Then I’ll include your photos in the “Hug a Fruit” post at the end of July. (If you don’t have a blog, you can send a photo in an email.) Camera shy? Whip up a favorite dish featuring fruit (or try a new fruity recipe), and photograph that instead.

If you need inspiration:

Here’s an extensive alphabetical list of tons of fruits.

Now go make out with your mangoes ASAP!

Published on July 2, 2010

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  1. Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) says

    ahhh YAY! i can’t wait to hug me some fruits. i might as well just go to a farmers market and huge the whole stand 🙂
    you’re so cute with your honeydew by the way!
    i’d love to hug me some banana bread. and lucky for me, i’ve got some baked right now… 🙂

  2. Leslie says

    Ha! Mr. Honeydew is very handsome. And you are stunningly beautiful, so you two make a perfect couple. Sounds weird, but this is meant to be a compliment ;).

  3. Molly says

    I would totally hug me some watermelon. I can eat this stuff until I have a waterbelly baby! It’s so sweet and juicy and loaded with Vitamin C. No wonder I never get sick!
    I haven’t had honeydew since I was a little kid, seeing your picture makes me want to go buy some!

  4. Gabby says

    I am so going to get creative with this!
    I missed the fat hug month, but not this time :).
    P.S. You are so pretty with the honeydew.

  5. Keri - I Eat Trees says

    Okay, I’m totally hugging something this go-round. And I love lemons! I think they’re bad for your teeth to eat straight (or so my grandma used to tell me), but I do sometimes. 🙂

  6. Ilana says

    YES!! Favorite food ever=fruit!
    I’d go hug my black berry bush but it’s a little thorny. Also I think we can cross “Hug-a-Durian” off the list.

  7. Heather says

    Haha….actually my son (8 months) loves lemons. He’s the only one I’ve ever met who does! We gave him one as a joke initially, to see his reaction (we had the camera out and everything!)….and he *liked* it! So now, if we take him to a restaurant, we’ll request a plate of lemons or give him the citrus wedges from our water glasses to keep him occupied.

  8. Melissa says

    Oohhh… expect a pic of me hugging my big 5lb box of bahri dates. LOL.
    LOVE those things. And bananas. 🙂

  9. Stefanie says

    There are so many fruits that I would like to hug it is hard to choose. I am liking your nail art of the day and your hug a fruit picture. Have a great day. 🙂

  10. *Andrea* says

    love the nails!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so pretty and girly. yay! i eat so much fruit it’s not even funny. i will try and hug a pink lady at lunch 😉

  11. Laura says

    oooh, i LOVE fruit!!!! i never get sick of it! there are just SO many different choices and so many ways you can eat it! yum yum! i’ll definitely hug a fruit for ya 😉 xx

  12. Julie says

    I would love to hug a huge mango. I love that fruit but I’m very fond of red fruits too. Actually, I don’t know what I would take if I had to choose because it depends on the seasons. But right now, I would love a huge mango… It is so hot here !

    By the way, did you bring with you your vitamix or did you leave it at home ? Your parents brought it to their car or not ? Sorry if you already answered to that question. I’m losing my mind with the warm weather.

    I would love to get the vitamix. I’ve been praying for it for two years now, but it is so expensive… 🙁 Lucky you !

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Sadly I did not bring my Vita-Mix with me. I miss poor Vita-man, but I’ll survive ;). My parents brought the Magic Bullet, which is much smaller. So I still get to have puddings, fudge babies, etc… just not Vita-Mix ice cream. Eh, it’ll taste twice as good when I get back!

  13. Serena says

    Your nails look so cute in that picture! I really want to participate in this one… I did not participatei n Hug-a-Fat ’cause I simply did not have time. We’ll see!

  14. Rachel says

    Hi Katie,

    Have you ever considered making a comprehensive chocolate-covered grocery / shopping list and posting it on your website? A list with all the food staples you like to buy / keep your pantry stocked up with… I think it would be neat and helpful and inspirational!

    (forgive me if there has already been one posted!)

  15. Caroline says

    Hehe your melon is so cute!

    My mom actually used to eat lemon slices…weird, huh? I’ll take a little juice in my tea or in my raw cheesecake.

    I think I’d love to hug some raspberries, as those are my favorite fruit (great, b/c they are so expensive!)…but the poor fragile guys squish a little easily. So maybe a bowl of raspberry banana soft serve with almond butter sauce…that’s been one of my favorite breakfasts recently!

    Oh, and a question about your running breakfast routine (cuz I’ll have to start running in the mornings soon as its hot!)…do you eat first breakfast to fill up or just to take the edge off?? I hate running hungry..I feel like I can’t go fast!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I guess I just eat first breakfast because I want to give my body something to fuel my running. I’m not really hungry when I first get up.
      It’s usually something small (like I showed in my 3000-calorie post), but enough to do the job :).

  16. emily says

    mm the only question is which fruit to hug…. i love summer berries, cantaloupe & honeydew so sweet it’s unbelievable, frozen mango, kiwi, granny smith apples, bananas, & umm pretty much everything. & i think your honeydew’s expression is adorable.

    i adore lemon, too. a favorite way to eat leafy romaine (perhaps with slivered carrots as well) is with stevia & loads of lemon juice. my poor teeth. adding fresh strawberries / cherries / whatever to the mix & smashing them up a bit makes it even better (and so pretty, too). it’s like dessert. for those that are okay with eating honey, a dressing with lemon juice, a smidge of olive oil, honey, & cracked pepper is good as well.

  17. Kat (MyFruityLife) says

    I eat lemon slices with a dash of salt! My friends remind me that only should be done when doing body shots, haha!

    I eat a billion pounds of fruit a day, I will be sending a pic over shortly. 🙂

  18. Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA says

    It’s so funny, but my baby brother actually loves lemons. He’s 9 months old and someone gave him a lemon slice at dinner just to see him make a face (nice, I know) and he actually loved it and it didn’t even seem like he thought it was sour. He kept reaching for more!

    Personally, my favorite fruit is cherimoya. My fave fruit that I eat more regularly is green apples.

  19. says

    katie, i will be all over this like a bag of cherries at a summer fair! lol no seriously.. i think i might choose cherries. i’ll get a pic as soon as i can. us hug a fruities are still out there.. maybe we’ve just been enjoying our fruit too much to realize “oh right, i need to take a pic first lol” <3

  20. Danielle says

    Girl, keep wearing that bulletproof vest…with all the anon comments 😀

    I am *soooooo* hugging a pineapple

  21. Lauren @ She's a Runner says

    Yay! I’m so excited for hug a fruit month. I’m camera shy, but I will try to participate by making a fruity dish…maybe I’ll try your fudge babies. I’ve always wanted to. I also love making fruit salads with a coconut milk dressing that could quite possibly be featured. There are endless options…
    Love the picture of you and your honeydew! So adorable.

  22. lisasfoods says

    Sounds fun. I saw photos from Hug a Fat, but never tried it myself. I’d probably hug a raspberry or a blueberry, but they’d get squished. Honeydew are much easier to hug.

  23. cookeatburn says

    I want to gather up all my berry friends (can we pretend that cherries are berries too?) and give them a gentle hug so they won’t squish :-P. Really though, <3 fruit.

  24. Rachel says

    yaaaay that you will consider the shopping list! And I’m gona see if I can find a durian to hug. It would be hilarious!

  25. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    The question about the lemon reminded me of when I was younger and we went out to eat at Shoneys. I squeezed so much lemon into the water it hurt to drink it…so everytime I took a swig, I’d squinch up and go for the water to relieve the pain..but then it’d just happen again!! Yes, it makes me sound like a ditz, but it’s true! 😛 I can’t wait to start hugging non-pain inducing fruits! 😀

  26. Katherine: What About Summer? says

    my mom draws faces on the outside of fruit (melons, grapefruit etc) with sharpies!

  27. Julie says

    Thank you for answering Katie. The Magic Bullet seems to be great too and it’s not that expensive – Around 35€ – About the Vita-Mix, which one do you have ? Hope you have a great day !

  28. Eleanor says

    I always thought black cherries were best but I bought some local yellowish ones this week – and ate the lot!
    Also, my neighbours have gone on holiday and asked me to water their garden and actually told me to pick and eat their strawberries – what could I do?? x

  29. caronae says

    Oh I am totally a fruit hugger! Yum. I have so many favorites: pear, mango, berries, fresh peaches, crisp apples…I could go on and on! I am definitely going to be participating this month Katie!

  30. spoonfulofsugarfree says

    Wahoo! Fruit! I eat it every day:) I LOVE banana ice cream, strawberry and blueberries with almond milk, fresh mango, and smoothies!

  31. Julie says

    Oh yeah, that’s the one I wanna get… Anyway, I was thinking of buying the Magic Bullet for replacing my food processor, which is broken. But I was wondering if the MB would be enough powerful to grind seeds such as nuts as well as dried fruits. Did you try that already ? I guess you did when we see your raw recipes but I want you to confirm it. I don’t wanna buy something that I won’t use. Promise, that’s my last question for the day ! 😛 Thanks ! xxx

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      No no, I love answering your questions. The Magic Bullet definitely is powerful enough to chop nuts. I make fudge babies in it all the time. It also can shred carrots. (The Magic Bullet to-go isn’t as powerful.) I definitely recommend the MB; I use mine every day :). And if you have a Bed, Bath, Beyond near you, you can download a coupon for 20% off!

  32. emily says

    i guess this relates to fruit hugging, too– i made some chocolate chip cookie dough babies today for the first time! they’re adorable, if i do say so myself. 😉 i don’t even like dates, so was skeptical, but i’ll definitely be making them again & trying the other kinds. a mini (preemie?) one was the perfect post-workout snack. 🙂

  33. Julie says

    Thank you so much Katie. You’re so kind and helpful. If I was in Texas, I definitely would love to meet you up. If you’re flying to Paris someday, let me know !

  34. Eleanor says

    I’m such a good neighbour *sigh* and I’ll put some strawberries in the post to you… look out for a red,damp airmail envelope…!

  35. joy says

    I do love lemons – I like to just eat them plain (always have) but my mother used to tell me the acid would eat my teeth

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