I Used To Hate, But Now I Love…

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 18, 2010

Good morning!

I got up this morning around 5:45 because I have a few big orders to get out by noon today. I started my morning with an energizing fresh lemon juice. It is simply a juiced lemon and water. I have had this drink several times now and I think my taste buds are already adapting to the sour taste. Funny how that works! This ‘taste-bud adaptation’ has happened to me with other foods too!


I worked for a couple hours and I was strangely not very hungry this morning. When my hunger decided to show itself, I composed my Banana Soft Serve Vegan Overnight Oats!

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Recipe is found here. I had it with a hidden layer of cacao nibs in the middle and then I sprinkled the top with a few chocolate covered raisins.


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It occurred to me that this Thursday Eric and I are donating blood. I am going to amp up my green monsters over the next couple days! I’ll probably have a big one for an afternoon snack today.


  • Last week I meant to mention that the Read page is now up-to-date based on the emails you sent me! I think I have over 300-400 blogs on there now! I can’t promise when I will be updating it again because it was hugely time consuming and I spent many hours on it. Should I be placing another call for blogs, I will post about it on OSG!
  • Eric’s Kick-the Pop habit update: STILL POP FREE! He told me he almost cracked yesterday because a coworker almost ‘slipped’ him one when they were working and he was super thirsty. He said he almost just opened the can and gulped it down without even thinking about what it was. But he caught himself just in time. GO ERIC (and all of you who are doing the same!!!). He now drinks juice when he wants something sweet and he is drinking more tea lately too.
  • Don’t forget Thursday is the last day you can send in your Shop 4 A Cause 2 submissions! I am still looking for A LOT more so please take a look and see if there are any books, fitness gadgets, clothing, services, etc you can part with for a great cause! Thank you!


Today’s question- Have you ever experienced ‘taste-bud adaptation’ with certain foods? Foods/drinks that you used to hate but grew to love over time? or used to love but now hate?

A few that stand out for me:

I used to hate, but now I love…

  • Tea without sweetener– I used to be the queen of putting artificial sweetener in my tea from green tea to black tea and any herbal tea in between. Now I love tea without sweetener and I find that my taste buds actually appreciate the taste of the tea more now.
  • Beets– over time my taste buds got used to them
  • Non-sweet Green Monster’s – I have cut down the amount of fruit I need to put in the GM to enjoy the taste.
  • Lemon water – my taste buds adapted to the sour taste
  • All veggie juices
  • Tomato paste
  • Hummus 
  • Guacamole/avocados

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Kate May 18, 2010 at 8:00 am

That Banana Soft Serve looks awesome! :) I’d have to say brussel sprouts… I used to put globs of butter and salt on them just to get through the plate, but now I can enjoy them plain. Oh and honey! I still can’t eat it ontop of something, but I’m trying to learn to enjoy its flavor in other foods. It usually makes me want to gag. :P


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

Brussel Sprouts is another one for me too. I still like a bit of S&P on them, but now I don’t mind the taste and I can eat them, unlike when I was younger!


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow May 18, 2010 at 8:04 am

My taste buds have fully adapted over the years…

My used to hate but now I love’s:

Sweet potatoes (thank GOODNESS I adapted well!)
Lettuce (I used to despise the earthy crunch of lettuce as a girl)
Plain yogurt/greek yogurt
Tea/coffee minus the sugar- this one took a LONG time to really work itself out


Jin May 18, 2010 at 8:05 am

I drink warm lemon water every morning.sometimes I squeeze a lemn into a cup of strong black tea!
I used to hate the taste and texture of avocados but now I can’t get enough of them! Some others include celery,cabbage,beans..the usual culprits of your childhood!


Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life May 18, 2010 at 8:05 am

I used to have A LOT of veggies! Growing up, my exposure to veggies pretty much consisted of cans of green beans, peas, and corn. It was up to me to find all the other delicious options out there, and now there’s hardly a vegetable that I DON’T like! :-D
Some other things I used to hate but now LOVE: hummus, oatmeal (texture & wasn’t making them “fun”), seafood, & coffee without cream & sugar (now I use skim milk and currently trying out PureVia)


Raylene May 18, 2010 at 8:07 am

I have a fairly lengthy list of things I used to hate but now adore. Avocados, parsnips, spinach, beets, peas, kale, balsamic vinegar, artichoke hearts, asparagus, and very dark chocolate. Things I still can’t stand include hummus (I want to like it…), vegetable juice, fresh tomatoes, non-sweet GM’s, and I now find most milk chocolates too sweet.


Keri R. May 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

I used to hate sweet potatoes and asparagus. Now I love them! Though I only will eat asparagus if I have made it myself so that I know it wont have any bite to it :). I am hoping to start enjoying unsweet teas too. This month I have stopped eating sugar and I am missing my sweet tea!


Daniel May 18, 2010 at 8:10 am

I used to dislike tomatoes a lot and now I can hardly get enough of them, when they’re in season of course. I’ve also taken a liking to celery a bit more lately and I’m slowly but surely adapting to coconut. :D


Keri R. May 18, 2010 at 8:10 am


I really want to try your In a Jiffy Spelt Burgers but I haven’t been able to find spelt flour anywhere. Where do you purchase it? If I cant find it, what other flours do you think would work?


Lauren M. May 18, 2010 at 8:37 am

Hi Keri.
Not sure where you live but I get spelt flour at Whole Foods. They also have it at other health-food-type stores around where I live, like Sprouts and Henry’s Farmers Market. I would also check at little mom and pop health stores. I’ve seen lots of them that carry the Bob’s Red Mill brand of spelt flour (and every other flour you could ever want!). If you can’t find it anywhere, you could always order it from Bobsredmill.com :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Yup you can use another flour for sure…you just may need to adjust the amount slightly.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:41 pm

PS- i buy spelt through my wholesaler so im not much help!


Jordan May 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

Kombucha, asparagus, wheat grass (it almost tastes sweet now!), kale and beets are some hates->loves
Loves->”hates” (ie don’t really have anymore) sugar&coffee (together and separate!) :)


Jojo May 18, 2010 at 8:19 am

Sweet potatoes. I couldn’t even stand the smell of them and now I’m eating them with (about) every other meal!


Jocelyn @ Peace.Love.Nutrition May 18, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’m with you on the tea! I used to be addicted to sugar (splenda) but now I enjoy my tea without anything!!


[email protected] May 18, 2010 at 8:26 am

thats the funkiest looking glass ive seen in awhile! love it..all bendy and such hehe. and yay for donating blood! good on ya lady <3
im the same way with beets and avos! so glad i love them now!


Ilana May 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

Goooo Eric! Seriously, I haven’t drank soda in over 9 years, except for in absolute dire situations where there is NOTHING ELSE (how is that even possible?), and I actually got called a snob by my ex because I refused to drink soda. Sorry I don’t like guzzling sugar and chemicals several times a day!

I used to need to sweeten my tea and coffee, but in NIcaragua I got used to drinking unsweetened coffee, so I kind of just ditched the sugar for good. Also, my palate has adjusted to enjoy REALLY spicy food. I used to cry if it was even a little spicy, now I need it to hurt or I can’t taste it (exaggeration but still). I’m still adjusting to the lemon-water thing. Something about that first acid shock just makes my body nottt want it, even though I know it’s good.


Wei-Wei May 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

Unsweetened tea FTW! I used to add milk AND sugar to tea, now I just like it plain and unsweetened. :) It’s goooood.

Tomatoes. I used to hate tomatoes with a passion. Now I’m actually okay with them (am currently munching away on gorgeous orange and red cherry tomatoes.)

I can’t think of anything else, but I’m sure there’s a lot! (There’s a lot of stuff I used to Love, but now Hate. :P)



Robin May 18, 2010 at 8:30 am

I’m addicted to sweet n low :( I rarely drink coffee or tea, though.
I hate avocadoes and dates!! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get over those 2. I hate veggies as a child and still hated asparagus, greenbeans, broccoli until not too long ago. I love ’em now :)


Adrienne May 18, 2010 at 8:31 am

Ohh how my taste buds have refined over the years!! :-)

Foods that I used to HATE but now eat practically daily are:
Natural Peanut Butter
Green and Red Peppers
Raw Tomatoes
Walnuts and Pecans
I can’t imagine not liking those things now…all so yummy and good for me!!


[email protected] May 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

I wonder if part of it is the tastebuds evolving as we get older too…I think kids have really sensitive tastebuds. But sensitive or not, the rule in this mean mommy’s house is they have to have a bite of everything at least nine times before they can deny! And usually by time nine they eat without complaint!

For me, foods I used to choke down but now I love:
cooked Cabbage
cooked carrots
coffee with no sugar
onions and garlic as a kid
avocados without “mix-ins” (vinegar; cilantro, etc.)
corn without butter (or marg or anything on it)
pancakes without butter (ditto above, we don’t use margarine in our house)
goat cheese
feta cheese
blue cheese

And as a switch….foods I used to LOVE but cannot stomach at all now:
Any canned veggies (this is what I grew up on!!)
Mayo-based salad dressings, except for blue cheese although I really don’t eat it much anymore
milk chocolate; chocolate bars


Lauren M. May 18, 2010 at 8:33 am

Also for me: non-sweet green monsters

Oats without sweetener (savory oats anyone??), super super dark chocolate (85% and up), plain yogurt, almond milk (I used to hate it!).

I must admit…I’m still on the fence with almond butter. I really want to like it and I just bought a big jar, but I always feel like it’s missing something.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Savoury oats- HOLLA!!!


Katie @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey May 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

The banana soft serve and oats looks so good layered in the glass!! Things I used to hate but now love:
-asparagus (fresh only! Not canned)

Good luck getting your orders out!


Therese May 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

LOVE the glass!

For me it’s pop. I used to drink the stuff by the gallon! Now? Half a can later and I’m done, finding it far too sweet and if it’s a cola I can actually taste the cola flavour and it’s gross!

Something I didn’t like but do now is tofu. I used to hate it but when I lived in Japan I quickly grew accustomed to it! I even went to an all-tofu restaurant! Everything I had, down to my drink and dessert had tofu in it. I was fine after that! :D


erika May 18, 2010 at 8:48 am

Black coffee – I gave up dairy and sugar but still like to have my coffee and it took a while to adapt to black coffee.

Question Angela – is there any reason you drink lemon water in the morning?


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Not really, I just find it very refreshing first thing in the AM. :) Lemon is also a great natural detoxifying agent.


Emmanuelle May 18, 2010 at 8:50 am

Bananas. I used to hate bananas. Now I can barely go two days without having one.
And peanut butter. PB is not really a staple in continental Europe, and the first time I tried it I was 13 years old and I hated it!


Kara @ MyWellnest May 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

I used to only enjoy vegetables such as green peppers, broccoli, & spinach on pizza, but now I’ve adapted to eating & enjoying them in any form!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

Hmmm…I used to hate beer, but now I love it, lol! :-) Tomatoes, too!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 18, 2010 at 8:54 am

When I was little – I hated strawberries. I don’t know why exactly, but we grew them in our backyard and I can distinctly remember being 4 or 5…trying one and spitting it out. Maybe texture? Maybe seeds? Maybe not sweet enough? Who knows. I also used to hate mushrooms and tomatoes – both due to texture – but I’ve discovered that I enjoy them (but only certain ways – still..a texture thing.

Seriously – your overnight oats are just gorgeouuus.


Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story May 18, 2010 at 8:56 am

I used to hate tomatoes, I like them now (the fleshy part, not the guts though!).
I used to hate vegetable pizza, but now it’s my FAVORITE.
I used to hate soy milk, but now I love it.

I will try everything again now that I’m eating healthier, I think everything tastes different now, in a good way. :)


Shelly May 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

My dad always told me that your tastebuds change every 7 years. So I sporadically re-try things I hate. Now, some of my favorite foods are things I couldn’t stand as a child- sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, dark chocolate, oatmeal, and yogurt. I also have developed a tendency to try to acquire a taste for things that I don’t initially like- that’s pretty much why I love Bleu Cheese- I kept trying it until I developed an appreciation for it!
I really think that over the years, everything has just started tasting sweeter to me- I don’t use a great deal of sweetener anymore and I often think that things are too sweet.
I still dislike celery, raisins, and cantaloupes though.


Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

I still can’t get my taste buds to adapt to beets. I’ve tried so many times!

I wrote about it here:



Jessica @ How Sweet May 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

There are a TON of foods I used to hate but now like – one of them being pasta! However, I still hate veggies…


Jen May 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

As I get older I find that I love foods I hated as a kid. For example, only 5 years ago olives made me gag. Now I LOVE them! I also now like onions, green beans, brussels sprouts, and black coffee!


Meg May 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

I love how your breakfasts look like cocktails :D so cute! I used to be so iffy about trying tea without something sweet added in, now I find that if I add anything to it, it just tastes so off! And you can’t get any hints of the real tea flavor. I love it plain :)


Shannon May 18, 2010 at 9:00 am

Unsweetened tea is a definite for me. I am also enjoying my first bowl of VOO with almond butter as we speak! I was a little skeptical but it is delicious!! Thanks Angela!


Red May 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

Let’s see….
Mushrooms…. still working on raw tomatoes. I’ve been working on that for a long time and my taste buds still don’t care for raw tomatoes.


Emily May 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

I used to hate hate hate onions, mushrooms, olives and tomatoes but now I munch my way through them like you wouldn’t believe!

When I was really little (as in under 10) I couldn’t stand ice cream, chips (aka fries), baked beans or anything fried – sadly it all went wrong when I hit the teen years!


Nienke at Revel May 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

Fun question!

In general I don’t use as much or any sugar in my eats/drinks anymore and my taste buds have developed to really dislike anything overly sweet now. And I am the same with GMs, less fruit because I have grown to love the more ‘earthy’ taste.

Oh…. and I used to not like the taste of coffee, but that is unimaginable to me now :)


Krystina May 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

Strangely enough, since I went vegan I’ve come to love most of the foods I hated as an omnivore. This includes onions, peppers, tomatoes, mustard, mangoes, and more! I’ve also tried many foods that I never would have before and have grown to love them.

Do you think the banana soft serve would hold up for about an hour or so? I’d love to make this breakfast tomorrow but I’ll be taking it with me and eating it on the way to the airport, so I don’t know if it’ll just turn to a sloppy mess or not.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:43 pm

It does melt very fast, so I’m not sure. It would probably be a sloppy mess!


Christina May 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

I’d love to try that banana soft serve!!! I’ve been thinking about it for days, LOL.

Does anyone know if I can make the banana soft serve using a regular blender? I don’t have a food processor.


Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 18, 2010 at 9:44 am

Yep, I always use my regular blender and it turns out great!


Christina May 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

Thank you!!! How many bananas do you do at once? Do you feel you need to blend more at once so they don’t get ‘stuck’?

Reading that back to myself, that first question sounds much worse that I intended.

I’m a 3rd grader at heart.


Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

omg that made me so happy.

I usually just use one and deal with it being a bit softer than I’d like. I would recommend using 2 or more if you really want an ice creamy consistency, but if you’re cool with melty soft serve, one is a-ok.


Christina May 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

Thanks! And congrats on completing the half on THE Great Wall! How awesome is that?!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

I’m a ridiculously picky eater, so most of the foods I now eat I used to hate. Beets are a recent addition. I can’t believe I like them so much. I used to hate grapefruit’s bitterness, but I like it now, though I do use sweetener on it. Oh, and fish. I’ve liked it for a few years, but when I was in college and earlier, I couldn’t stand the taste.

The lemon drink sounds good. I *love* sour foods, though.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 18, 2010 at 9:20 am

I used to severely dislike:
all bell peppers
whole wheat bread!
brown rice
greek yogurt


k8 May 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

I was just thinking about this yesterday as I was watering my garden. I planted beets. ME? BEETS? I love them now! I used to cry if my grandma put one on my plate. Hahah! Same thing with green beans. Last year’s harvest was pretty paltry so this year I put in a ton more. My mother laughed and laughed over that. She said I used to run and hide when I found out we were having green beans for dinner. I was a difficult child, no? And at 37 years old, I’ve discovered that I like zucchini. What? I never had it growing up and a recipe I made called for a half of a one and last night, I found myself munching the rest of it, wondering why I’d never had it before. Obviously, I lived under a rock.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:44 pm

hahah this cracked me up! GO YOU!


Heather (Heather's Dish) May 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

i used to hate onions and garlic, now i can’t cook without them! i also used to hate bananas, but recently (thanks to Green Monsters!) I decided I like them again!


Sarah for Real May 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

I used to hate bananas too! I think it was because when I was a kid they would give me fake banana flavored fluoride gel treatments. Now I love bananas.

Mushrooms are another one for me. I never ate them and now I can’t get enough! I still don’t care for them raw. Sauteed or roasted is my favorite.


MaryK. May 18, 2010 at 9:32 am

I am trying my very first VOO’s thanks to you! I didnt think I would like having oatmeal cold, but its delicious! I just did the plain version with some chocolate protein mix this time, but next time I am definitely going to try the banana soft serve version. (My husband saw me looking at your site last night for the recipe and peeked curiously at the screen. Anything that looks like ice cream or a banana split for breakfast and he is sold!) :)

Thanks for the awesome recipe! Have a wonderful day!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm

I used to HATE oatmeal- even hot oatmeal, so I have come a long way too! Glad you like the VOO!


Mellissa May 18, 2010 at 9:33 am

I used to hate olives and peppers but now actually enjoy both! I am working on trying to like bananas and beets next.


Erin May 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

Like a lot of kids, I hated broccoli, asparagus, sweet potatoes, onions… The list goes on. Now, I love all of those foods. I can’t wrap my taste buds around beets or olives, though–ugh!


Camille May 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

For the first 18 years of my life I HATED with a passion anything that contained Peanut Butter. I wouldn’t even go near a PB&J sandwich or even a peanut butter candy… then one day I tried a Reese’s Pieces on a whim and discovered that not only do I love peanut butter candy, but I just love peanut butter in general!


Sarah @ cocoanutshakes May 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

This is definitely a good thing, but I used to LOVE splenda, low calorie bread, low fat everything. Basically anything no matter what was in it as long as it had minimal calories. HATE all that stuff now!! Yay!


Amber K May 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

I have been drinking lemon water every morning and have last two pounds without really trying. I don’t know if the two are connected, but I am glad that my digestion has already improved!

Adding those chocolate-covered raisins to the oats sounds fantastic!

I used to hate hummus too, but now I LOVE it. The lemon water took me awhile to get used to, too. And of green monsters, thanks to you! But not liking it was mostly in my head, when I started having them regularly I realized I love them.


Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 18, 2010 at 9:49 am

I’ve definitely grown accustomed to non-sweet things instead of having to put artificial sweetener in EVERYTHING!! And I used to hate coconut, hummus, carrots, beans, peas,… but now I love them!


Maria May 18, 2010 at 9:51 am

Go Eric! I’m now 6 weeks Diet Coke free. Ugh, even admitting that I used to put that chemical ridden junk in my body is hard for me to say now.

I used to hate raw spinach in my salads and would opt for iceberg. Now, I wouldn’t have my salads any other way. I just bought a giant container of organic spinach at Costco and I’m pretty sure between my Green Monsters and salads its going to go fast.


Jana May 18, 2010 at 9:56 am

I’ve been making myself like black beans lately. I even made black bean hummus last week. Still a work in progress.

But no matter how hard I try…I still HATE the taste, smell, and texture of any type of onions.


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

My taste buds have definitely grown.

I used to hate…
Veggie juices
Brussels sprouts
Peanut butter(!)
Unsweetened tea

I can’t believe I used to hate ANY of them- I love ’em all now!!



Rachel @ Balance and Blueberries May 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

I love training my tastebuds! It worked with spinach, green monsters, oatmeal, peanut butter, lettuce, peppers, spicy foods, coffee, plain yogurt….yum yum!


Sarah May 18, 2010 at 10:10 am

I love guacamole/avocados and hummus! No need for my taste buds to change there!

Kicking soda/pop is really hard to do, so way to go Eric!


AGS May 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

Things I now like:
Tofu: My Mom used to put tofu in a lot of things, in place of meat. My brother and I hated it. Now I love tofu and stir-fry of all kinds.
Banansas: Why I didn’t like them, I haven’t a clue.
Oatmeal: Until my aunt made it one day when I was about 10, and my brother and I loved it!

Things I liked as a kid, that most kids didn’t like:
Brussel sprouts
Any squash


Claire May 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

I was just wondering if you drink your lemon juice with a straw? I’ve seen those super cool glass straws you have, and I’ve read about lemon juice hurting your teeth, although most of the time I hear about that if someone is a habitual lemon sucker (I know pregnant women sometimes get this craving), but I was wondering what you thought about that.

One thing I have learned to LOVE is spinach. As a kid I thought spinach was gross, and I never liked the idea of cabbage until I had it – love at first bite. Mmmm, cabbage.

Anyway, just wanted to say that I *love* your blog! I’m usually a bit of a lurker, but I am always excited when you’ve updated. :)


Cathy K May 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

Yea, Eric! Thanks so much for the update, Angela.
Eric is still our hero! :)
I am Diet Coke-free 4+ weeks now and my husband is Coke-free 2+ weeks, and we don’t even miss the pop…who would have thought?! We’ve been enjoying cold Brita-filtered water and my husband uses orange juice or lemonade when he’s thirsty…please keep us updated from time to time! Thanks!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:45 pm



Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 18, 2010 at 10:43 am

I feel like my taste buds have evolved significantly since my younger years. I used to abhor goat cheese, and now I’m obssessed with it. I don’t even know how I could dislike such a beautiful, tasty thing. I’ve grown to love olives (used to hate them), tomatoes (ditto), and some types of mushrooms (I still have some issues with them, but it’s mostly about their texturee and not the taste).

I now can’t stand artificial sweetners (they taste so chemically), and the overly intense sweet tastes of diet sodas. Eww, ewww, ewww….I also now prefer the taste of natural, organic nut butters (I am starting to make my own!) instead of nut butters loaded with preservatives and sweeteners. I’m really starting to admire the taste of foods in their natural state!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

yup me too!


Danielle (Coffee Run) May 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Go Eric!!

You used to hate hummus?? We were love at first bite :D I used to hate (but now love)…
– Brussel sprouts
– Mango
– Curry


Lindsay May 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

I got used to tea without sweetener, too. I drank it a few times when I was super thirsty, and I was so focused on how it was quenching my thirst that I didn’t think about it being kind of bitter. I think that helped me get used to it. I’m originally from the South, though, and I grew up drinking sweet tea, so when I put ice in my tea, I’m still a little disappointed that it’s not sweeter.


kim May 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

I am doing Pop Free too! I haven’t had one since March 1. No regular or diet. It hasn’t been that tough, only craved it a few times. I wish I could do this with other things.
I now love (which I used to dislike): yogurt (but still not plain), guacamole, and kalamata olives


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm



Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

I used to be afraid of guacamole and avocado because of the green color! That’s scary for a kid! Now I love it though!

I also used to steer clear of all things veggie, but now I enjoy them!

But onions – I can’t get over my aversion! I enjoy the flavor, but I hate the texture for some reason. I’m hoping this changes with age — I AM slowly getting better with eating them cut up small though!


zoe May 18, 2010 at 11:23 am

i used to HATE mushrooms and onions. literally. if any food touched them i wouldn’t eat it. i was never a picky eater growing up, too! but put these two in front of me and bleh, i would refuse it. since changing my diet (to vegetarian, basically 95% vegan!) not only do i LOVE mushrooms and onions, i seriously can’t live without them! funny how that happens, right :)?

angela, one quick question: when you juice a lemon, do you leave the skin on or do you scrape out the insides? i always refrain from buying lemonades because i hate the gross amounts of added sugar! but since i just got a juicer i can finally make nice, ice cold lemonades AND control the sugar input. jut wondering how you do it :)!!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I wash it and cut it in half and into the juicer it goes!
You can also obviously squeeze by hand too! :)


Jane May 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

Have you ever tried rhubarb? There is lots of it growing locally. It is considered a spring tonic. It is a pretty pinky colour and a clean, tangy taste. It would be a great addition to your VOO. To cook you take about 5 c of rhubard with 1 T of water and cook on low. It cooks down quickly. Process in food processor and presto you have a new, pretty pink layer to add to your oats.


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 18, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I have and I didn’t like it at all…maybe it is something that needs to grow on me!


Heather May 18, 2010 at 11:26 am

I dont know if I could do a green monster without the fruit! good for you!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad May 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

I agree with you on the beets! As I child, I wanted to like them so much. Every sunday, my mother served them with spaghetti, and it turned the noodles pink. I thought that was so cool! But every time I tried them, I was disgusted. But somehow as an adult, my taste buds have adapted, and I love them!


Danica May 18, 2010 at 11:39 am

My list of food loves now includes oatmeal (yeah I hated it!!), bananas, avocado, and tons more all thanks to the blogworld seriously.
Still working on beets and papaya and arugula though !


Leah May 18, 2010 at 11:58 am

I used to hate coffee without sugar, but now I drink it with just a little almond milk and I LOVE it. Wine too, I hated wine, now I cant imagine life without it! :)
Its funny how these things change eh?


Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 18, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I used to hate tomatoes and now I’m slowly learning to eat them!

Good for Eric for being pop free so long!


Lauren May 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Used to hate- sweet potatoes, onions and balsamic vinegar.

Yay, for Eric!!! :)


Ashley May 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Sweet potatoes, Avocado, Tomatoes, Dark Chocolate [I used to haaate it, now I can’t eat milk chocolate!], Tea [thanks to you actually!! I hated tea until I tried Japanese Green Sencha!], Cottage Cheese, Blueberries, Wine, Coconut Water, Curry and I’m sure there are a few more! So so crazy :) I’ve never been big on sweeteners and never really used artificial sweeteners either. I used to always have some sort of pop in my fridge throughout college but haven’t had any diet or regular soda in FORever. I never would drink more than 1, like every other day though..but I have had a few sips and it just tastes AWful! lol


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Goodness, I couldn’t imagine not liking avos : )

I am obsessed with drinking PLAIN sencha — thanks to YOU! <3


Lisa May 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I used to add sugar to everything. I’ve gotten used to drinking tea plain, and not drinking real soda.


[email protected] May 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I’ve never been a picky eater, but I hated onions until a few years ago. Now I like them, just not raw! I also didn’t like beer until my husband started working at a fabulous local microbrewery and I tasted some REAL beer :-) All in moderation, of course.


Liz May 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Ginger. It used to be way too pungent for me as a kid. Now I eat it in my GMs and love the candied version as a treat!!!

I guess they’ve done studies and kids have not only more tastebuds than grownups, but also have buds that “prefer” sweet or sour flavors more than they do as we age.



Meredith (Pursuing Balance) May 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I used to really hate iced coffee. I could not understand why any of my customers at Starbucks would order it! I would only drink iced lattes. In an effort to save money, I switched to iced coffee at some point anyway . . . and now I like it so much better than iced lattes! Funny how that happens with time.


Andie (yuminmytumtum) May 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

I used to HATE tea without sweetener. Back when I was a splenda addict it was all I could drink. Now I am with Eric (I kicked my soda addiction) and tea in just water is my new breakfast drink! I also have started to hate the idea of mayonnaise. I used to put it on everything and now can’t even look at it.


Lizzie May 18, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I used to hate (or hadn’t tried) but now love:


I share your love of lemon juice in water. Unfortunately lemons are just way too pricey to justify buying a bunch for water, so I use 100% lemon juice in a bottle. Not quite the same, but still tastes good. I could seriously eat a whole lemon!!


[email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ May 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Say it isn’t so, you used to hate hummus. That’s crazy.


Taylor S. May 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Im a college student who is obsessed with your blog! I keep up as often as I can and have read your tips on how to avoid the Freshman 15. I understand how you slowly changed your habits, and I want to do the same, however, what I don’t know how to do is change my mind set. I’ve always wanted to be healthier and better to my body, but want to do more than pretend and risk going back to my old ways. Any tips?
Hope all is well


Natalie @ cinnamonbums May 18, 2010 at 6:20 pm

my tastebuds have changed a lot too!!! (in the past 5 years i would say)

i used to hate but now i love:
-berries (blackberries, strawberries especially)
-green smoothies
there’s a lot…..


Allison @ Food For Healing May 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I can’t really think of things i used to hate.
I was always kind of weird. When I played soft ball i would always squeeze an orange into my water because i figured it would be more hyrating. So lemon water to be is delicious.

I guess i hated brown bread, but would NEVER buy white again.


Jennifer May 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

My entire diet.
I was diagnosed with celiac disease 3 years ago and was forced to eat gluten free. A lot of gluten free stuff tastes… different, but I don’t notice it anymore.
Also, when I was forced to pay attention to every single bite that went into my mouth, I realized how much junk I was eating. It’s amazing what we stuff into our faces without thinking twice!


Triathlonbabe May 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

My lemon water doesn’t look frothy like that but it still tastes good. Maybe it’s because I use the juice that is already made instead of fresh squeezed…not sure.

I used to hate, but now I love…
oysters (raw)
sushi (I always thought I wouldn’t like it until I tried it…YUM!)
unsweetened tea
dark chocolate

I used to love but not don’t really like…


Jolene ([email protected]) May 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I used to hate oatmeal SO much, but now I love it!!!!


Kerry May 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Believe it or not I used to hate Watermelon!! Now I love it, it reminds me of summer.
I also used to hate avocado… now I eat it on everything and anything ;)
Oatmeal is another one…but thanks to Overnight Oats I can’t go a few days without it!


Megan @ Sweet On May 19, 2010 at 3:03 am

I used to hate but now I love…

1) Avocados — before I went vegan I wouldn’t even LOOK at one, now I eat them with a spoon right out of the peel!
2) Olives. Esp. garlic marinated, but plain too. What was I missing all those years??

…still working on beets :-/ but I hope they’re next! Beets are big in Germany.


Cassie May 19, 2010 at 6:38 am

There’s so many for me! I found that very recently (as in this year) i’m liking almost all the things I used to hate!
-Haddock (I still turn my nose up at “fishier” fish, though! ;) )
-Avocados/Guacamole (Used to almost make me gag..now I crave them!)
-Raw tomatoes


Susan May 19, 2010 at 10:32 am

Woo for Eric! That’s awesome!

I used to hate mushrooms, mustard and pickles, now I can’t get enough. I put all three on everything, and my pickle obsession is borderline unhealthy ;) Just making up for lost time!


Sara May 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

Quick question…what are cacao nibs and where can I find them? I went to Whole Foods yesterday after reading this and could only find chocolate covered nibs or nibs mixed with nuts and coffee. Please help! Thanks. Oh, and thanks for the amazing choco-covered raisin idea…I simply melted some vegan semi-sweet chips and stirred in raisins. Yum!


Kelsie October 28, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Tempeh, black coffee, unsweetened tea, plain salad/veggies, wine, whole wheat pasta, and brown rice have all grown on me! I hated tempeh for years until I accidentally had it at an amazing restaurant in Eugene, OR (Cornbread Cafe), and I have been hooked ever since! I am only 20 (almost 21!), so maybe a few of these taste changes have come with age, but I know plenty of full grown adults that still can’t eat salad without it being drenched in ranch and can’t drink tea or coffee without massive loads of sugar.


Radhika Sarohia November 28, 2012 at 2:09 am

Previously did not particularly care for beets, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage or brussel sprouts. But now there are so many terrific vegan recipes online containing them that I’ve changed my mind:D


Radhika Sarohia November 28, 2012 at 2:10 am

(Not all at once, obviously haha. Different recipes for each.)


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