The Good News and The Bad News



Last night was a productive night. We hung the small collage of pictures, did the garbage, tax return, laundry, and uploaded albums. No time to read though. Hopefully tonight!

Last night Eric told me something that happened to him the other day.

He said, ‘Do you want the good news or the bad news first?’

‘Good, always.’

‘I think I am immune to pop.’

‘That was fast. The bad news?’

‘I drank pop today.’

I laughed.

He swallowed. 

‘I was out for lunch and I bought some juice, or what I thought was juice anyways. It was some type of orange drink. I took a sip and discovered it was carbonated POP.’

He swallowed.

‘That’s no big deal, anyone could have made that mistake. Don’t worry about it! The good news?’

‘I took a drink of it and almost spit it out- it tasted so gross to me. I can’t believe I used to drink that stuff.’

He had the guiltiest look on his face I think I have ever seen. I had to smile. I don’t know what he was more horrified of: the fact that he wasn’t expecting to taste pop or the fact that he doesn’t enjoy the taste anymore! Either way, I am a proud wife. It just goes to show you how taste buds can dramatically change after just 4 months.

It also made me think about when I made the transition to a vegan diet. It wasn’t a sudden decision on my part, but one that was done over the course of a year. I slowly began to cut down meat and dairy. I craved cheese, yogurt, and eggs a lot for about 4 months and then the cravings just stopped. I now get cravings for the new foods that I eat, almost as if my body forgets what I used to eat, or better yet, maybe prefers the new diet all together.

Eric finds that he now craves drinks like orange juice and tea when he previously would have craved a pop and he says his cravings for Coke have gone away about 99% in just 4 months. For his Coke story and why he decided to kick the habit, see this post.

I asked him if he would ever drink Coke in moderation again, like at a party or dinner out.

‘I don’t think I could bring myself to drink a can.’


This morning I was a photographer fail and my camera battery died on me. I blame the ridiculously long photoshoot I had with the CSA veggies last night on the deck. The back-up battery was dead too, which I know, completely defeats the purpose of a back-up battery. It’s all good. I will have two batteries in a couple hours so I can snap my little heart out.

In lieu of not having any breakfast pictures, I thought I would show you some of my favourite Vegan Overnight Oats Parfait shots…prepare to drool!



The one on the left is the one Eric made for me on my birthday in May!

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Recipes can be found on my recipe page (I update it daily!). Are you a vegan overnight oats or regular overnight oats fan? What is your favourite way to eat it?

I think my favourite way is with peanut butter banana soft serve (1 frozen banana processed with 1 tbsp peanut butter) and Classic vegan overnight oats (1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1-2 tbsp chia seeds, 1/4 scoop Amazing Grass chocolate amazing meal).

My second fabourite way is Cherry Chocolate VOO.

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Today’s question- Have your taste buds ever changed over time for certain foods?

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1 Jocelyn July 22, 2010

I always love your overnight oat pics :) They look so bright, cheerful, and healthy!!
Also, that is so cute about the hubs and pop…I say, good for him! Now..I just need my man to follow suit ;) some day!


2 Steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) July 22, 2010

Congratulations to Eric, what an achievement!
Good luck to whoever wins the HLS ticket – I can’t wait to meet everybody in August!


3 Lizzie July 22, 2010

How funny – on his last birthday (34th), my husband decided that he was sick of feeling tired and out of shape and decided to do something about it. I didn’t say anything b/c I really wasn’t sure where it would lead. 6 months later he has lost 20lbs, works out 3 mornings (!) a week at the gym before work, ran a 10K with me 3 weeks ago, and is very careful about what he eats (with some wiggle room for eating out etc). Could not be more proud! And after watching Food Inc, he is always quizzing me about what I’m buying, where it came from etc. Guys are very bizarre sometimes :) I need to start the o/night oats thing – would save me at least 10 minutes in the AM.


4 JenATX July 22, 2010

Lizzie- My boyfriend has been grumbling about “feeling gross” & keeps saying he wants to get himself in gear but just can’t “get into it.” Did anything in particular motivate your husband? did he read any blogs or magazines?

My tastebuds have changed in an annoying way :-/ I never liked sweets & didn’t grow up in a household where they were apart of our every day diet. ->enter college-> now I crave cookies, ice cream, cupcakes like a fiend! its very frustrating :( i’m hoping that if i cut back on refined sugar maybe my cravings won’t be so intense!


5 AGS July 22, 2010

JenATX — I have quite the sweet tooth! What I’ve learned is that I am fine with sweets provided I have them every other, or ever three nights. The other nights, I eat fruit (any and all kinds), sometimes I add a dollop of yogurt to a fruit salad. This helps me a lot. I used to think fruit wouldn’t do the trick for my sweet tooth, but it does! Case in point — I polished of 2 cups of cherries the other night when I was completely burned out and exhausted from work, and it took care of my desire for sweets. I also sometimes drink lemon water, too, in the evenings.


6 Lizzie July 22, 2010

Hey Jen:
I think it was a bunch of things. The big one was almost hitting his mid-30’s. Some of it had to do with his work colleagues, who aren’t in the greatest shape and only in their mid-late 20’s and he didn’t want to end up like that. He also realized that he was at the end of the biggest clothing size he had been since high school and didn’t want to have to go out and buy new clothes if he kept on the same track. Funny – he also said that he kept thinking of himself as being young (internally), but externally it didn’t match up and he wanted to (almost) feel like he was 18 again. You sound like you’re super supportive of him and that helps too. I also credit Angela and her yummy healthy recipes!! :)


7 Tanya Kummerow July 23, 2010

Absolutely. If you cut back, give it about 3 weeks (they say it takes 21 days) and your cravings will certainly go down! You will be amazed that your tastebuds will detect sweetness in unexpected places and the littlest amount of sweet will quench your cravings! A banana will do, where a doughnut used to, or you will realize you like tea without sugar, and that there is no need to add sugar to oatmeal…things like that! You will be amazed!


8 Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans July 22, 2010

I think it is so great that Eric has managed to kick the pop habit. I still love a cold can of Coke from time to time, even though I know that it is just awful for me. Maybe I need to go cold turkey and hope for the same results he got. I can’t imagine not liking it but it would be amazing if I didn’t.


9 Kiersten July 22, 2010

My tastebuds have changed a lot since I went vegan 2 years ago. I always ate healthy before that, but now I eat even healthier. I never crave things like meat or dairy products. I did for the first few months, but after that I just started forgetting what they tasted like. I also have become more sensitive to sugar. I used to be able to eat really sweet things with no problem, but now if I eat something that is particularly sweet (like ice cream or cake made with white sugar) it tastes way too sweet to me. I used to drink diet soda and use artificial sweetener in my coffee and now I can’t stand the taste of those either.


10 Paige July 22, 2010 awesome for Eric! It’s like the habit has been totally kicked! Awesome. :)
I hate when both my batteries are dead LOL – happens to the best of us!


11 Lindsay July 22, 2010

Just recently I realized that I no longer like diet pepsi/coke or splenda. I used to follow weight watchers and was consuming a lot of artificial sweeteners and thought nothing of it. Recently, I realized I was getting a weird taste in my mouth after drinking diet coke or adding splenda to my coffee. I began to use soymilk in my coffee and found no need for a sweetener (I have now began using almond milk in my iced coffee instead of soy). As far as the diet coke goes I just felt gross and headachey. I still do consume some fresca or diet sprite which still isn’t good for me, but that hasn’t started to bother me yet.

Funny thing is that when I get coffee out they don’t have almond milk, so I get non fat milk and when I tried to put a splenda in it it was sooo gross. Yuck!


12 Daniel July 22, 2010

I think that’s really awesome how Eric reacted and that he doesn’t like soda as much as he used to, good for him!! I also quit soda a few years ago and when I tried to have it again I really didn’t care for the taste and the carbonation wasn’t pleasing to my mouth so I’m glad I don’t care for it anymore.

I’ve never tried overnight oats without yogurt or pumpkin yet but I’m really anxious to give the banana soft serve + VOO a try soon!


13 Jessica @ How Sweet July 22, 2010

Being from Pittsburgh, I just love that he calls it ‘pop.’ :)


14 Marilou July 22, 2010

Beautiful pictures! I can’t believe I used to drink pops too!

Now, whenever I see someone drink one, I’m always asking myself .. WHY! OH WHY? :)


15 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life July 22, 2010

Such pretty pictures, I love them all! :)
I think I need to try that peanut butter soft serve. It sounds fantastic!


16 Ellani July 22, 2010

I agree on the changing tastebuds thing! There are non-vegan things that I used to love to eat, that I cannot even smelll anymore without feeling queasy. Other things still look appealing (ice cream; real brie cheese)…probably my body still needs a few more months to adjust.
VOO are my Sunday breakfast treat. The other days, I have GM’s: by the way, thanks for the name! I had been making my own version for a while but had been calling them soy or almond smoothies…Green Monster is much better.
I think my favorite VOO at the moment is with wild blueberries (left whole) and banana. Pretty boring, I suppose, but I love wild blueberries!!!


17 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 22, 2010

Wow you’ve had some beautiful VOOs!!
My tastes have totally changed – I used to be addicted to sweet, milky chocolate and fat laden crisps and, I’m happy wiht 1 square of dark and I don’t crave any of the junk I used to want! I don’t even crave cheese, eggs, meat, milk..none of it! My tastes are much cleaner now :)


18 CathyK July 22, 2010

Yea! Love the Eric and the Pop story updates! Thanks for relating the story, Angela!
I am 3+ months now with no pop…and like Eric, I have happily had no cravings … just ONE day when we went to the beach and I really think I would have enjoyed a cold Diet Coke…but I am not yet at the point where I think I could have “just one” and not go back to my old habits. BUT, happily!…all other times I think “ew!” when I think of pop! I think of the benefits, too: a rash I had for 16 months is gone, and that bloaty/gassy feeling no longer plagues me.
So happy to hear of Eric’s progress! :)


19 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 22, 2010

Congrats to Eric! I have also been trying to give up pop for a while. It’s not like I drink tons of it anyway, but I’ll usually have it if I’m at a restaurant or going out to a party or something. Still, I’m trying to keep it to a minimum because I know the stuff can’t be good for me!

My tastebuds have definitely changed over time. I used to hate yogurt, and now I can’t live without it. I also used to eat ketchup on practically everything as a child, but now anything I’d have put ketchup on gets salsa instead!


20 Holly @ July 22, 2010

That is so great about Eric and pop! I went through the same thing when I first switched to diet from regular (I know, I know, I should have just stopped altogether, but it worked for me) — after a while if I were to take a drink of regular pop it tasted SO sugary and syrupy and gross. Now I have been weening myself off of the diet pop (no more than 1 per day and I usually have 3-4 per week total). I do believe taste buds can change and adapt — I used to hate veggies as a kid and now I almost crave them.


21 Miranda @ MirandasJeans July 22, 2010

That is so adorable of Eric. He clearly felt like he let you down by this mistake. I look forward to the day that my hubby doesn’t drink as much coffee as he does, however with his job, it might be a while before that ever happens.

I don’t think they have changed in that there are foods that I used to like that now I don’t. I guess that isn’t true. Pasta. I used to love cheesy saucy pasta. Now it just leaves me feeling bloated and unhappy. Lasagna, stuffed shells, spaghetti, mac & cheese (if that even counts as pasta).

I do have new foods I crave instead simply because I had never had them before, or knew how to use them properly. Lentils, chickpeas, spaghetti squash. I love discovering new foods and recipes now.

Thanks for the raffle ticket. *Fingers crossed*


22 Jennifer July 22, 2010

Absolutely! A year ago I had never heard of tofu scramble (nor did I really like tofu) and now it’s my number one comfort food! Same thing with green smoothies. Yum!


23 Jess *forever addicting* July 22, 2010

I am most definitely drooling..those photos are vegan-overnight-oats-heaven!!! Yum. Yes, it’s truly amazing how our bodies can detox and adapt to both new foods and tastes. I haven’t had pop in years…I’d probably spit it out just like Eric did =)

As always, thanks for sharing!


24 Buddy July 22, 2010

Since I first read about Vegan Overnight Oats here, they’ve become a breakfast staple! They’re perfect for breakfast right when I get into the office. I like mine with cinnamon, tahini and pumpkin seeds!


25 Lisa @ I'm an Okie July 22, 2010

Ah good for him! I actually think pop is something I could give up fairly easy. I only crave one about once a week and even then I can only handle 1/2 a can at the most! Maybe it’s something I should think about giving up.


26 Ilana July 22, 2010

I love your VOO parfaits…so lovely. I made an oatmeal parfait yesterday inspired by you! And your photography is just stunning. I mean who knew I would like to sit here and look at pictures of your oatmeal layered with food processed banana? Hahaha.

I stopped drinking soda when I was 14 (I’m 23 now) and now i just *can’t* drink it. Every now and then I will because there’s absolutely no other choice but I feel like crap when I do, and I can’t handle the carbonation anymore. You get un-used to it, it’s so weird!!

Btw I <3 that Eric is being conscious of this and talking about it. My boyfriend is just starting to talk to me about food and health – last night he called me to tell me he ate a salad for lunch and healthy fish for dinner and he was planning on a salad for lunch the next day too. I know it's my influence rubbing off on him and I LOVE IT!!


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010

haha your comment about the VOO made me giggle ;)


28 AGS July 22, 2010

I don’t care for the taste of artificial sweetner much anymore. I still have it, occassionally, but after reducing my over-all sweets intake, I found I could really notice the difference.

Also, my husband used to be the mayo KING. About a year ago, he switched over to salsa and hot sauce. Now he’s got me hooked on hot sauce — to the extent I ask the restaurant to hold a creamy sauce on a dish, and bring some hot sauce out instead.


29 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries July 22, 2010

I want to come to Canada every morning – just to eat breakfast with you!!


30 Kelly July 22, 2010

I love your overnight oats in a measuring cup. So cute!! :)

I definitely have had my taste buds change. I gave up diet cokes a few months ago (for about the 4th time..but that’s another story) and now it just tastes disgusting to me! Like metal or something. Other things like anything greasy or fried seems gross to me as well, when I used to gobble it up! It’s like our bodies are saying to us, “duh!”


31 Melinda July 22, 2010

Those pictures have me drooling.


32 Therese July 22, 2010

There’s been a few items that I used to eat a lot and now can’t stand. Pop is definitely one of them, I’ve become one of those half-can drinkers I used to hate. As in, I can only stomach half a can of pop before I push it over to my boyfriend. I rarely drink the stuff anymore.

Any fast food unless it’s Subway or other sandwich shop. Even salads at fast food joints turn my stomach…


33 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 22, 2010

My tastebuds have DEFINITELY changed over the past 9 months! The thought of a lot of processed foods makes me sick to think about. I still have a Coke habit, but I’ve acquired a taste for flavored sparkling water, so that’s what I try to keep in the house. I don’t think I’ll ever try to quit sodas completely because that would mean giving up Dr Pepper, and being a good Texas girl, I can’t give that up completely. ;)


34 Amanda @ Busting Through It July 22, 2010

My taste buds have definitely changed over the last year and a half or so. When I really started concentrating on my health I decided to choose whole foods whenever possible. I used to crave candy and sweets and now I crave (and love) fruit. Also, the more I try and phase out processed and refined foods, the less I crave the fake stuff. It’s really amazing how fast my tastes changed, i wasn’t expecting it, that’s for sure!

Your pictures are wonderful! You may have mentioned this somewhere else, but what kind of camera do you use?


35 Devon July 22, 2010

That’s great!! Yay Eric! My husband has been off soda for 18 months (I’m so proud of him) but he still craves it. We don’t eat anywhere near as healthy as you guys do…so maybe that’s it? Hmm.

Beautiful pics. I’m getting my stuff to try me some VOO next week! I’m so excited!


36 Mimi July 22, 2010

It wasn’t too difficult for me to go vegetarian, but for the longest time I really craved my grandma’s brown sugar glazed ham. Now the thought disgusts me!


37 Stacey@ July 22, 2010

I too kicked the pop habit about 6 months ago along with my husband and neither one of us even want it anymore. It’s true with all foods like sugar, it just takes a little time and then the body adjusts and you don’t crave it or even like it anymore.


38 Jackie @ carolina_vogue July 22, 2010

Aw that photo of Eric drinking tea is too cute! Congrats to him for kicking the habit!


39 Ali July 22, 2010

that’s a pretty hot picture of your hubby!! (creepy comment, sorry!).


40 Tina July 22, 2010

Sometimes I just need a Sprite. Especially if I was ‘over-served’ the night prior.


41 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 22, 2010

My husband gets that guilty look when he slips and eats fast food. I always know what he’s going to say because it’s written all over his face!


42 Rosey Rebecca July 22, 2010

I can’t drink soda anymore. It’s disgustingly sweet to me. I stopped drinking it in 2006.

All of your oat pics look like ice cream sundaes and now I want ice cream at 10 a.m. Thanks!


43 Christine @Grub, Sweat and Cheers July 22, 2010

I stopped using sugar in tea this year (I drink black tea rather than coffee in the mornings). I used to take 2 tsps in a mug! Then cut down to 1, then half and now that I’ve given it up I find it revoltingly sweet to take any sugar in tea at all. Don’t know how I ever used any let alone 2 tsp. Funny how the mind and taste buds evolve and adjust.


44 Anne C July 22, 2010

I’ve always been a junk-food-junkie, but the healthier I eat, the more that stuff starts to taste “processed” to me. My cravings are now often for Hummus w/ veggies, ohhh, and VOO! Seriously, I’ve been making it for breakfast a few times a week and often that’s even what I’m in the mood for when I get home from work at night. The Chia makes it totally addictive.

Fried foods definitely make my stomach churn now. I used to love them…but now, I can hardly touch it. The grease is repulsive to me and I would so rather have something sauteed in olive oil or something like that.

Your pictures look sooo yummy! :)


45 @stampylisa July 22, 2010

OMG THOSE ARE FOOD porn!!! mmmmm looks SO good!!!


46 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 22, 2010

It is SO funny how tastebuds can change like that!! And how husbands can feel guilty over silly things :-)

Will you be at HLS, or are you just auctioning off a ticket? I so wish I could go!!


47 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010

I will be there with bells on!


48 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 22, 2010

not with anything like coke, but i used to HATE onions…abhor. they were so gross to me! and now i cook with them all the time…the flavor is incredible! thank goodness :)


49 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 22, 2010

Hooray for Eric! I myself gave up Diet Coke for good 4 months ago and would also be disgusted if one crossed my lips.

While drooling through your VOO photos, I caught glimpse of your food processor. Do you mind telling me what kind you use and your satisfaction with it? I’m in the market for buying one. I think it would be awesome to have a post about your favorite kitchen appliances! I’m getting married in about a year and I need registry help! Thanks so much!


50 Laura July 22, 2010

Definitely artificial sweeteners! I used to eat a Source yogurt a day, which has Splenda in it. I switched to plain yogurt with fruit and agave nectar, then a little while ago tried a Source yogurt and found it so gross. Very unpleasant aftertaste!
Also – “normal” peanut butter (aka the kind with added sugar) – I can’t touch it now after switching to natural pb.


51 Sabina July 22, 2010

Absolutely, my taste buds have changed over time and for the better!

Salt is pretty much verboten at home. We don’t add it to food and watch the sodium count in the limited amount of packaged food we purchase. I can definitely notice when something is too salty now!

Another one… radishes! I never could eat them before but now, mmmm!


52 Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 22, 2010

I definitely can’t eat fast food like McD’s anymore. I did when I was a kid/teenager and loved it but nowadays I’d rather puke :(

I make vegan overnight oats all the time, usually with almond milk, fruit, and some kinda nut butter and/or coconut. :) I heat them up in the morning anyway though… hot oats are just yummier to me.


53 Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana July 22, 2010

Really cute story about Eric — thanks for sharing! I still drink soda now and then (very infrequently) and it’s diet soda. I can’t believe I was ever able to stomach a full can of regular Coke!

In general my tastes are evolving to new territory that I’m really enjoying. I’m loving how flavors seem to dance on my tongue as if the food is more alive. I’m really trying to savor bites versus stuff my face ;)


54 Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks July 22, 2010

Is it just me, or is your hubby looking extra lean and handsome these days? Whatever you two are doing, it’s working!


55 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010

hehe I agree!


56 tanyasdaily July 22, 2010

The chocolate breakfast is my favorite, they all look good though!


57 Kayley July 22, 2010

Absolutely my taste buds have changed!! I used to be a meat-oholic. There was nothing in the world like a huge medium-rare steak. After educating myself on the processing of meat and factory farming, I decided that wasn’t for me. Now, after being vegetarian for almost 6 months (I know, I’m still a rookie at this) I CRAVE vegetables…spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, and mushrooms right now. My reasonings for becoming vegetarian have broadened from the initial reason after seeing the effects it’s had on my life. Oh, how I love my veggies!


58 Lindsay July 22, 2010

I really need to try overnight oats…its not like I have to really do anything, so why am I being so “lazy” about it?? :) Oh, and congrats to Eric…my Diet Coke and I have a love affair so strong its a little scary…I should probably start planning my escape!


59 Holly @ Self-love and Running July 22, 2010

I’ve never tried overnight oats, vegan or otherwise but I think I am going to have to soon! I actually bought bananas yesterday for the sole purpose of making banana soft serve.

My tastes have definitely changed over time. I used to refuse to eat peanut butter. What?????


60 Kathryn July 22, 2010

My tastebuds have changed DRAMATICALLY. Things I now love and previously didn’t like (or didn’t even know I liked) – peas, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, greens, and I’m even starting to like beets. I think no matter what your diet it is important to try things every few years. Husband just found out he now likes corn on the cob and he didn’t like it for YEARS.

My fav vegan over night oats…um, the ones in my mouth. Actually I really like classic style but with steel cut oats (I use coco or carob poweder instead of amazing meal) with banana soft serve and strawberry jam. I had the toughest time last night trying to decide between a green monster and oats for breakfast. The green monster won, and it is delicious, but it doesn’t hold me over at work like the oats do.


61 Laura July 22, 2010

I just had a “you know you read healthy living blogs too much when…” moment. haha I made some peach banana softserve a few minutes ago and after tasting the first heavenly bite I said to myself, “I need to tell Angela about this combo. I don’t think she’s tried it yet!” hahaha So on that note… I highly recommend throwing in a chopped up peach with your banana sometime. :-)


62 Sarah for Real July 22, 2010

I just blogged about one change the other day, the McD’s version of an oreo blizzard. I used to love those things but I tried a small one and found it totally gross. Actually everything McD’s now is just gross to me (and rightly so!), where-as a couple of years ago, not so much.


63 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 22, 2010

Aww, too cute, but good for Eric!!! I’m seriously impressed he did not sneak in some “pop” (hehe) at all!!

I used to eat cheese like it was my job. Now as a vegan I don’t crave it at all! It’s weird how that works.


64 kh July 22, 2010

at the risk of sounding like a total creeper…eric is looking H-O-T!!!!!!!!!!!!!


65 Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 22, 2010

Wow, those pictures do look amazing! I suppose, unintentionally, I am a vegan overnight oats person. I’ve only had them twice (and both times this week!) but I don’t use yogurt or milk. I only use water in my oats in general. That makes them vegan, right? Okay, have to go check the recipes!!


66 Run Sarah July 22, 2010

I don’t crave meat at all since becoming vegetarian or even fast food! It’s funny how our taste buds change. Love all of your great overnight oat photos – especially the unique dishes!


67 Tara July 22, 2010

I transitioned out of the pop phase years ago and have had no real desire to go back! I enjoy drinking juices and water far more. Also, I finally made up a bowl of overnight oats with banana mushed in (the night before) for the first time last week and it’s all I can think about. Now I know why everyone loves it. I can’t even do warm oats anymore. The only problem is that I eat it so quickly!


68 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 22, 2010

Okay, I seriously have to try a vegan overnight oats parfait. After all of those pictures (which killed me right after my own breakfast, lol) a batch for tomorrow is really quite necessary.

I agree with your saying how your taste buds can change. I don’t drink pop often (only the occasional root beer) but I used to be addicted to this diet cherry 7uP. For Lent I gave it up and when I tried to drink it again I found it too sweet and have never had it since. With most foods, though, good or bad, if you don’t have it for a stretch you will not crave it. Similarly, if you eat it on a regular basis you will grow to honestly crave it.

Gah, once again I basically write you a novel. You need to stop having posts with so much to respond to! lol


69 Beth @ DiningAndDishing July 22, 2010

Yes! I used to haaaate bananas and now I am addicted to them! When I was younger I didn’t like the mush. But now i enjoy how hearty they are. They make a great post work out addition to breakfast!


70 Charlie July 22, 2010

It is funny because when I was a child, I didn’t like eating meat but I finished by getting used to it. So when I decided to stop eating meat, I actually never had a craving for it!

And how nice it is to see all these pictures of VOO just before eating one! As long as there is soft serve in it, you can count it as my favorite ;).


71 Sami July 22, 2010

GASMMMMM. :) Those parfaits are simply gorgeous. My tummy is rumbling just scanning through!


72 Katie July 22, 2010

Yummm…overnight oats! Thanks so much for introducing them to me – we’ve become great friends!
My favorite oats are regular VOO with a mashed (ripe!) banana (I find this is pretty essential). Lately, I’ve also been adding walnut bits in the morning before I leave for work and this morning I added some cranberries – oh, so good! I love VOO – so easy, and it actually makes me look forward to getting to work in the morning, so I can chow down, lol.
As for tastebuds changing, I absolutely think this is true – we totally ruin our buds by eating super sugary, salty, junky food. After becoming increasingly healthy over the past few months, I’m finding I like natural, healthy (ie non-sugary, salty, junky) foods LOTS better and surprisingly NEVER have cravings for junk from fast food places.
Really, Angela – I want to thank you for this blog. I started reading a couple months ago and I really think it’s your blog that has inspired me to become really healthy. I was trying to watch what I ate/work out before, but now I have such a passion for making my own healthy, natural meals and not relying so much on processed, packaged foods. I feel incredible! Thank you! :-)


73 Candice @ ChiaSeedMe July 22, 2010

My taste buds have done a complete 180 since I cut out processed foods a couple of years ago. I used to love fast food/junk food, but now I am totally turned off by it. Not to say I don’t snag a fry from my husband’s meal on occasion, but I definitely don’t crave them and one is always enough!

Your pics are beautiful! I love vegan overnight oats with blackberries mixed in and layered with strawberry banana soft serve!


74 Sara July 22, 2010

OK this gives me faith that there’s a possibility that I won’t crave Cokes anymore! lol. I drink maybe one a week and it’s really only when we go out to eat, but STILL. I don’t want HFCS in my body!

Also my tastes have definitely changed. I used to HATE broccoli with a passion, and now it’s a MUST in stir frys, at least. I still can’t do things like cream of broccoli soup but hey I’ve come a long way with it for sure. There are some things that just are not changing, however, such as my dislike of sour things such as sour cream, cream cheese, etc. Yuck yuck yuck. :P


75 Melanie July 22, 2010

Heh, I gave up “pop” (I call it soda) about a month ago. I alwasy thought I was a Diet Coke head…some days I’d drink 3-4 cans! Usually caffeine-free tho, so it wasn’t b/c of the caffeine. But I decided to try to give it up for a week, just to see if I could do it. And then I found it wasn’t hard at all. Never craved it and took a sip about 2 weeks in and really didn’t care for the taste….one of the oddest things that’s ever happened to me, but I was pleasantly surprised I was able to give it up so easily. :-)


76 Callie July 22, 2010

Your VOOs always looks great. :)
Haha. That conversation between you and Eric made me laugh. But congrats to him. I used to be a huge pop drinker.


77 Amanda July 22, 2010

I used to eat a lot of artificial sweeteners because I was always craving something sweet but over the last couple of months I’ve cut the artificial sweeteners instead opting for dark chocolate or fruit, since then my cravings for sweet foods has significantly decreased.


78 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin July 22, 2010

My taste buds have definitely changed over the years! It used to be a struggle for me to squeeze healthy food into my day (especially salads and green juice), and now I crave stuff like that! I’ve noticed my sensitivity to sweetness has also increased, so I don’t need to sweeten things as much as I used to…


79 Annie@stronghealthyfit July 22, 2010

My taste buds have definitely changed- I crave sweets a lot less often now, and I eat different kinds of sweets to satisfy my cravings! I definitely can’t eat candy anymore, and oftentimes a plain greek yogurt with some mix-ins will suffice for an ice cream craving- I am much more aware of how sugar makes me feel after I eat it and I don’t like that feeling.


80 Emily (For Sweets Sake) July 22, 2010

my fiance gave up soda about 5 months ago. He’s terrified to try it again because he thinks he’ll slip back into wanting it again. I wonder if he’d have the same reaction your husband did if he tried it again! As for me, I’m slowly trying to transition away from the bad and bring more good in my life. I find my body almost craving greens if I don’t have a lot of veggies or a green monster that day! I still crave the bad, but I’ve started to think differently about it atleast. I don’t think I need cake or ice cream anymore and can actually turn it down, so slowly but surely, someday I’ll get there!


81 Sara July 22, 2010

I do Vegan Overnight Oats everyday. Thank you sooo much for turning me on to that! I had been seeing it on your blog for months before I finally got up the nerve to try it and I am glad that I did. I don’t even have to add any sweetener to it anymore. And I even got my husband turned onto them too! Every day i make a big bowl and it is there for both of us to eat whenever the next morning. Genius!

My fave way is topped with what I call Reese’s Pieces Soft Serve. It’s frozen banana with peanut butter and cacao nibs. And don’t be shy with the PB and nibs, either! Sooo goood! And of course, extra nibs sprinkled on! :0)

And I would love to try the cherry soft serve. That sounds (and looks!) really good. Are the cherries frozen or fresh when you add them?


82 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010

I try to freeze them as it keeps the soft serve more like soft serve!


83 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 22, 2010

Eric is a cutie!! It looks like he’s slimmed down (in a GOOD way) since kicking the habit, no? Congrats to him!


84 Amber K July 22, 2010

Yeah, my taste buds certainly change every few months or so. I slowly crave certain things less and other things more. Unfortunately, it isn’t always for the better! lol

I LOVE overnight oats (I might or might not be eating some right now…lol)

I love eating fresh strawberries, dark chocolate peanut butter, oats mixed with yogurt, with some plain yogurt on the side. I hate my foods mixed together so everything is separate and I can take a bite of each thing I want.


85 Jolene ( July 22, 2010

I used to hate olives and shrimp, and I made myself acquire a taste for them. Now I love them!!
I think our taste buds definitely change over time, as we learn to love new foods, and lose our desire for other foods.


86 Kassi July 22, 2010


First, I want to say that I really enjoy reading your blog, I’ve been reading regularly for a little while now. I find your posts very inspiring. These past few years have been very difficult and I have a lot of regrets that haunt me every day. A lot of what you’ve posted has started me on my journey to find what I’m missing in my life. I’ve been trying to work out exactly what that is and was excited for your book recommendation recently. After reading your first quote from Eat, Pray, Love I immediately purchased it. I have to say that several parts have already nearly brought me to tears and I can tell this will be a life changing book for me. I haven’t made it very far through the first part, but I just wanted to say thank you, for your inspirig words and for giving me a place to search for myself. I’ve been struggling and I never thought I would find inspiration from a person I’ve never met — but I’m sure I’m not the only person who has had this experience with you and your thoughtful posts. Thank you :)


87 Alexa@Running the Road to Recovery July 22, 2010

Not that I drank much soda before this, but once I broke my leg (this May is when it happened – it’s still broken now), I did some research and found out the nasty effects that soda has on bones. I’d rather go without a syrupy, fizzy Coke so that my leg can heal properly, thank you!


88 Tina July 22, 2010

I think it is so amazing how taste buds change over time. I know mine have become a lot more acclimated to veggies over the years. Although sometimes changes haven’t been for the best. Ever since being pregnant with my first I love ketchup – something I used to HATE.


89 Lori July 22, 2010

Isn’t it AMAZING how quickly your tastebuds change (for the better) in such a short amount of time?! Congrats to you Eric! Don’t you feel better?? Once I started consuming green smoothies, green juices, and lots more… greens, my buds changes really fast and now, all desserts, unless raw, taste WAY too sweet. Things just don’t taste as good unless they’re homemade or contain REAL food- I like this way much better. ;)


90 Meg July 22, 2010

I’m really lucky to have been brought up eating lots and lots of vegetables. I have a pretty big sweet tooth but when I don’t indulge everyday I don’t crave sweets nearly as much. When I do eat them, I appreciate them more!

I didn’t used to like fruit in my salads, but I’m warming up to the idea. I tried your beet salad and absolutely LOVE it! Right down to the coconut on top.


91 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 22, 2010

Oh gosh my taste buds have changed a lot! Last year I loved, loved, loved meat. Now I don’t have the urge to eat it. My mom made BBQ chicken last night. I ate about 1/3 of it when I realized that I didn’t even like it so why was I eating it? Don’t worry, my mom was on a conference call and would have never known that I fixed an egg puff for my protein.


92 Jo July 22, 2010

I am not surprised at all that he doesn’t like soda now that he has stopped drinking it for a few months. My experience was the same. I used to love the stuff, but since giving it up it seems gross to me. It is a very odd extreme but I understand your hubby’s reversal.


93 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear July 22, 2010

Wow, that’s awesome news for Eric! I find it very interesting that tastebuds can change so fast!


94 zoe July 22, 2010

eric looks so great in that photo! congratulations on kicking the coke habit, eric! my tastes buds changed too when i gave up on soda drinks and i found myself craving the carbonation if anything. really though, i just crave water and fresh juices and smoothies now :) soda free for over a year! it’s so funny what your body starts to crave when you change your diet!


95 Jessica @ Rawtumn July 22, 2010

Awww so happy for Eric! Kicking the soda habit was one of my hardest, I still sometimes crave specific flavors. My taste buds are constantly changing but I do find that they can revert back pretty easily with certain things and completely out of nowhere.


96 Kathy July 22, 2010

This is my first day without soda and its so hard! That is awesome for Eric :) He gives me hope that I can do it too.


97 Araba July 22, 2010

Congrats to Eric on his clean break- and forgive me for saying so, but you have one sexy husband!! Love this blog; this is my first official comment (and kind of a creepy one lol) but I have read, laughed, cried, and been so encouraged by your open and honest words. Thanks from the South (US)


98 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 22, 2010

Love th birthday VOO picture that Eric made you – so sweet! I am impressed that he no longer drinks pop. I would love to kick my Diet Coke habit but am having to take it slow.


99 Lisa (BBB) July 22, 2010

I really must try these VOO’s! I drool everytime I see yours!! :) So colourful and delish!


100 Leah July 22, 2010

I love VOO — I make mine with Apple juice, chia seeds and flaxseed

Many years ago I gave up coke and now I can’t stand the taste of it. I still occasionally drink pop, but not coke. I have NO interest in any colas… Great job, Eric!

As for other changes… As a young kid I would eat peanut butter, then about the age of 5-7 I couldn’t handle anything with a peanut butter flavour, and over the past few months I’ve come to enjoy it… I still wouldn’t eat it plain on anything, but mixed in something its great! Or even with jam on crackers.


101 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 22, 2010

My tastebuds have changed so much! I used to crave steak all the time, but now I barely want to eat meat anymore! Also I have cut out diet pop and although I don’t crave it, I still like it if I allow myself a can now and then.

As for overnight oats, I tried the regular kind and I was not a fan! Maybe I’ll have better luck with the vegan version. ;)


102 Penny Lane July 22, 2010

That is soo cool that Eric doesn’t like the taste of Soda anymore. I quit drinking Soda a few years ago (I was a Diet Coke Addict) for health reasons. Every once in awhile I will have a craving for it or want caffiene and get a Diet Coke, but I take about 2 sips and throw it away. All I can taste in any Soda is the chemicals.


103 Leah @ Why Deprive? July 22, 2010

My taste buds have definitely changed, but in a bit of a different way. I never used to like wine, and now I love it! Does that count? :)
Im a big overnight oats fan!! Eating it as a parfait with the banana soft serve is my new favorite way to eat them. Its a special weekend treat though because I just dont want to do the extra dishes during the week!


104 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010

haha yes that counts! I used to hate wine too!


105 Mo July 22, 2010

That exchange about the pop was adorable. I am happy that Eric has kicked the habit – good for him!


106 bianka July 22, 2010

you should have just titled this post “pictures to make bianka drool”. you have truly made me addicted, I eat them everyday now lol


107 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 22, 2010

Glad its not just me!


108 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty July 23, 2010

I made banana soft serve for my kids at summer camp today!! It was amazing how in love they all were, they wanted more!! Every one of them!!

I still haven’t tried the VOO, I suppose I should try since I love all your other recipes ;)


109 Kath July 23, 2010

Eric has been looking particularly hot lately!

So have your BSS creations!


110 Kathryn July 23, 2010

Eric has turned into a full blown hottie! He’s always been super cute but you can tell he has trimmed down and buffed up. WTG!


111 Tanya Kummerow July 23, 2010

Funny, because I just posted this the other day about how my tastebuds have completely changed. I used to hate things like mushrooms and beets and olives. Lately, it is all I can do to get enough of these veggies. I love your blog. You are such an inspiration.


112 Lauren August 20, 2010

Ok, didn’t take me long after I left that comment to make start prepping the overnight oats! I’m so excited because my mother-in-law loaned me her food processor so I can make them with the banana soft serve. I showed my husband your pictures and he literally said, “whoooaa” out loud, and asked what it is. He also pronounced his love for vegan food at Karyn’s on Green the other night and wants me to start cooking tofu. :) I’m not a vegetarian, and he is not, but it is so great when he loves eating healthfully and we keep getting on the same page about food. I have fresh cherries too-so I better get those pitted and in the fridge! I’m going to try and replace the amazing grass with a little cocoa powder. Thanks for all you do to make your blog so fantastic, entertaining, and a great resource!


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