When I was wee, I had ‘tude.
But also FOOD ‘tude.
When I was little, I was also a little picky…
- I didn’t like most real meat (aka steak, pork, ham…you get the picture. And I picked it apart meticulously. No fat or gristle would get near these chops. But hey, not like that’s a bad thing.)
- I couldn’t do cheese overload (big stringy bites of excess cheese on pizza made me gag. McDonald’s pizza? Traumatizing)
- I did not eat bananas. OR peanut butter (who was I?!)
- Tuna? Forget it, I was all about the canned salmon sandwiches.
- Restaurants? Give me chicken fingers. ALWAYS chicken fingers (though nuggets were best). With sweet and sour sauce.
- Kraft Dinner all the way. Who needs real cheese when you can eat neon orange powdered cheese? (But not if it was mixed the wrong way. Only my parents knew how to make it right. Friends’ parents made it clumpy and weird. Yep, I gagged)
- Bologna. Yep, I said it. And ate it. Lots of it. Always on white bread with mustard :)
I’ve been through many a taste bud transition over the years. My palette has expanded. My pickiness has nearly disappeared (though I still don’t like most real meat. And please do not pass the olives).
- I eat more non-meat (veggie burgers, tofu, hummus, beans) than meat, though I’m not a vegetarian – so far.
- Cheese? Yes PLEASE. Cheddar, mozzarella, goat, feta – I like it all.
- Bananas and Peanut Butter are daily staples. I can’t imagine living without them.
- I still like canned salmon on occasion but I love canned tuna. Any any fish is fair game when it comes in sushi form.
- I haven’t eaten a chicken finger in years. YEARS. My chicken is usually a little less battered and deep fried these days.
- Umm… Kraft Dinner is still beautiful in all its radioactive orange glory, though I haven’t had some real deal KD in a while. These days any form of mac & cheese fits the bill though.
- Bologna…no thanks. Thinly sliced deli turkey? You bet. Usually eaten straight up, but still with the good ol’ mustard.
My food has also become significantly more fresh and green. Many of my today foods are similar to those of yesteryear, just with a little reconstruction (and a lot more vegetables). I’m pretty sure this is a transition many of us bologna sandwich kids can relate to.
Instead of bologna and mustard on white bread, how about tofu and mustard on spring mix greens? (Though the white bread is still kickin’ around on the side :))
Instead of nuggets with a side of fries, I’ll take my salad with a side of fries.
Though want to do it one better? How about a side of Holy Moly Guacamole (aka the best protein-packed guacamole ever) and a Crystal Light Froster?
My pasta plates are usually more green than orange (though sometimes you just gotta go with the plain old mac&cheese).
My canned fish lies more often on leaves than bread.
Even my sweets have been switched up.
Instead of bright goopy Gushers, I’m more into bright goopy jams (It’s rhubarb! It’s homemade. It’s delicious. Though I’ll admit, so are Gushers…even though I’m pretty sure their “real fruit” isn’t quite as real as the rhubarb in my jam)
Twinkies in my lunch? Naw, today I’ll take some Genisoy multigrain Cinnamon Streusel Sweet Crisps instead (which are insanely delicious FYI).
I’m also pretty content with yogurt and berries. Perhaps with a cookie on the side.
I may no longer eat mad amounts of bologna or drive ‘Lamborghinis’ but I still have plenty of ‘tude.
Don’t mess with the muscles! (I only wish I were tough)
And definitely don’t mess with the meals. They pack some POWER.
Side note: I let my mom try my Great Greens breakfast smoothie the other day.
Cough, gag, *face remarkably similar to that of someone having just taken a hefty dose of Buckley’s*
“I think…it’s an acquired taste…”
I swear green smoothies CAN taste good. I just like them nice and earthy. Guess I should have eased her in with much one heavier on the fruit and much lighter on the straight cocoa powder, barley grass powder and thick handfuls of collard greens. Oops. Next time, Mom.
What food did you HATE as a child that you LOVE now?
What food did you LOVE as a child that you HATE now?