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salsailsa Oct 11, 2013 11:17 PM

People keep raving about kale but it just doesn't do it for me.

I buy V8 juice thinking it's so "good for you" but I can barely choke down a glass.

What foods get you?

  1. chartreauxx Oct 12, 2013 12:46 AM

    with you on the kale; it can be ok when cooked, but i hate it raw.

    i like v8 actually, i i like to drink it with a toasted everything bagel with chive/onion cream cheese for a savory breakfast.

    i know i'm supposed to prefer white meat over dark, but i just don't... i like dark meat, what can i say. i also like "refined" grains better most of the time - white rice, regular pasta, regular bread(s). i also just can't convince myself that low- or non-fat dairy is as good as the full-fat stuff.

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      salsailsa Oct 12, 2013 06:08 AM

      Count me in on brown rice too. I'll take white rice, please.

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        Billy33 Oct 12, 2013 02:59 PM

        I'm with chartreauxx - the thought of eating chicken breast makes me gag. I think it's just that monotonous texture. I know it can be redeemed by cooking it different ways, but give me dark meat any day, wIth lots of bones to work on! Also probably why a fillet steak doesn't appeal (unless it's tartare or carpaccio).

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          Pwmfan Oct 12, 2013 04:38 PM

          The only way I can eat a chicken breast is when it is served with an abundance of tasty sauce. Even breading and frying can't salvage it. Give me a chicken thigh any day.

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            mcf Oct 12, 2013 05:16 PM

            The only way I can eat bscb is pounded, breaded as a cutlet Milanese, with plenty of greens, tomato and lemon juice all over it. Otherwise, give me four dark chicken quarters and I'm good to go.

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            Jerseygirl111 Oct 15, 2013 10:10 AM

            Have you ever tried chicken breast pounded down super thin? I pound it to almost shreds, it is a totally different animal. I would gag on a thick chicken breast too.

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            LMAshton Oct 13, 2013 03:43 AM

            Totally don't like white meat. Give me dark any day and I'm happy.

            In my family, we always fought over the dark meat. No one liked white.

            1. re: chartreauxx
              greygarious Oct 14, 2013 04:18 PM

              V-8, even the reduced sodium version, has over-the-top sodium content so I am glad I don't like it. Besides, juicing produce removes the fiber, thereby reducing its value in one's diet.

              1. re: greygarious
                melpy Oct 15, 2013 04:56 PM

                All true. As for taste, spicy V8 is passable and Campbell's tomato juice is fabulous. I like the low sodium version.

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                  Val Jan 20, 2014 06:12 AM

                  I like the low-sodium v-8...you get your potassium for sure each day and many of us don't get enough of it--bananas are only an "good" source of potassium, tomatoes being a much better source! It's nice added to soups and stews too if you don't have tomatoes on hand I've found.

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                foiegras Oct 14, 2013 08:13 PM

                I prefer kale raw ... you can make a good kale salad (not that I do ... but sometimes I buy them), but cooking it to me brings out its worst. (I'm a supertaster.) I like dark meat too. Whole grains are good, lots of flavor, but not pasta, and not if they've gone off. I like brown rice from a good rice cooker, but on the stovetop just doesn't seem to be successful.

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                  ipsedixit Oct 14, 2013 08:26 PM

                  I'm curious, for those who do not like kale, have you tried "baby kale" which is a lot milder and more tender than your typical kale.

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                    melpy Oct 15, 2013 04:56 PM

                    Baby kale is awesome!

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                      ipsedixit Oct 15, 2013 09:20 PM

                      So is Bishop kale, which is so much more tender than Tuscan (or Dinosaur) kale.

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                      EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:22 PM

                      My coworker grew some purplish kale in her plot in the community garden last year, and I was blown away by how wonderful and sweet it was, until the weather got hot, then it got kind of old and bitter tasting. I've just planted a bunch of kale seeds in my plot.

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                        sunshine842 Jan 17, 2014 05:11 PM

                        Kale is a cool-weather crop, and like all of the brassicas and lettuces, will "bolt" and go bitter when it's hot.

                        *Early* spring or fall is best for kale -- it gets sweeter if it gets just a dusting of frost.

                  2. coll Oct 12, 2013 01:26 AM

                    V8 is great with a little vodka and horseradish ;-) It's also a wonderful add in to soups and stews, so that you don't have to choke it down. I keep a case on hand, but I'm with you about drinking it straight.

                    I love the new fad of dried kale, but otherwise I'll reach for escarole or something a little softer.

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                      ohmyyum Oct 12, 2013 04:29 AM

                      I personally love kale (and have loved it since I was a small child), but if you don't like it, don't eat it!

                      In the past few years, I've come to realize that it is pointless to eat something you don't care for, just because it's supposedly "good for you." There are way too many delicious things to eat and too little time.

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                        janmcbaker Jan 9, 2014 09:19 AM

                        I am with you ALL THE WAY with this view! I have had enough of trying to eat something just because it's supposed to be good for you. Besides, there's studies that show your body uses more nutrients when you eat food that you like rather than what you don't like.

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                          pikawicca Jan 15, 2014 05:38 PM

                          I would really like to see links to the supposed "studies."

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                            Rilke Jan 16, 2014 08:22 AM

                            Me too . . . . Half because I find that difficult to believe, half because I'd like it to be true

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                          nothingswrong Jan 9, 2014 11:08 AM

                          There are also way too many delicious HEALTHY things, so why eat the nasty ones?

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                            Val Jan 20, 2014 06:15 AM

                            Sure, the point is that we all need to eat more leafy greens and if you don't like kale, there are a plethora of other choices!!! Good point!

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                            kitchengardengal Oct 12, 2013 05:18 AM

                            V8 makes a great base for beef vegetable soup. But when I drink a bit, I just feel like I've opened a can of stewed tomatoes to chugalug.

                            I don't eat tofu. It just doesn't do anything for me.
                            I'm a little iffy on some of the nonstandard starch options... quinoa, couscous, farro... I'll try anything, but do I ever make them at home? No.

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                              foiegras Oct 14, 2013 08:17 PM

                              I'm with you on the tofu, as well as making the weird stuff at home. I'll try just about anything in a restaurant, but when I'm cooking, it's generally a minimum of four meals at a time, and I am not up for an epic fail x 4. Plus when I cook, I'm cooking my version of comfort food ... things I cannot get (my version of) in a restaurant.

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                              foodieX2 Oct 12, 2013 05:41 AM

                              Chia seeds. The texture is so off putting. A coworker eats one of those chia seed "puddings" every afternoon and just looking at it makes me want to gag. Of course she adds stevia too it which just makes it worse. Nasty.

                              Plus I have visions of Chia pets growing in my stomach.

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                                EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:25 PM

                                I love to drink chia seeds shaken up in a bottle of water. It does wonders for my- you know- and I REALLY like how it grosses people out when I tell them i'm consuming frog eggs.

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                                  fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 06:28 AM

                                  What do they taste like

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                                HillJ Oct 12, 2013 06:01 AM

                                Yeah there are plenty of leafy greens I adore but kale is not one of them. Recently I ordered a mixed greens salad at a restaurant and was presented with a ton of fresh raw kale as "the greens"...I laughed out loud and sent it back to the kitchen. So mainstream already !

                                On the V8, I'm mixed. In a cocktail it has the right body for the drink and I've stewed cabbage rolls in V8 and other ingredients and been happy with the results.

                                But a big glass of V8, even ice cold, isn't something I would run to to satisfy thirst.

                                About the only food on my can't eat it list is an Asian confection of clear jelly/stuffed peanut butter/coconut shred concoction I see from time to time. Odd combo that I can't enjoy.

                                1. viperlush Oct 12, 2013 06:13 AM

                                  As a kid my mom use to give me V8 juice to drink. I can still remember being 5ish and drinking it at the "Secret Playground". Tried it again a few years ago and couldn't choke it down, the thought of it makes me nauseous.

                                  Plain milk is something I can't stand. Throw some chocolate in it, pour it over cereal, or transform it into something better. But plain milk, warm or cold, is something I won't drink.

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                                    fldhkybnva Oct 13, 2013 01:08 PM

                                    Milk, count me in, hate the stuff.

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                                      coll Oct 14, 2013 05:43 AM

                                      Milk reminds me of little kids; when grown ups drink it, I wonder "Why?"

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                                        zitronenmadchen Oct 14, 2013 09:27 AM

                                        I've been known to give adults drinking plain milk the side eye, and I also wonder why anyone would drink that stuff.

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                                          linguafood Oct 14, 2013 09:37 AM

                                          A cold glass (about 6 oz.) of skim milk is the *perfect* pairing for my breakfast. No, water won't do. No, I don't like food with my coffee. I don't drink soda. I am crestfallen when I realize I've run out of milk for my breakfast meal.

                                          So, stare at me all you want but I frankly couldn't care less.

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                                            mcf Oct 14, 2013 11:43 AM

                                            Double stare for skim... bleah.

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                                              linguafood Oct 14, 2013 11:51 AM

                                              Yep, that's what I used to think. Until I started buying the local dairy's skim milk which is creamy and tastes like milk, not the chalky, watery excuse you get in your regular supermarket.

                                              But hey, I'm certainly not trying to convert anyone here.

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                                              zitronenmadchen Oct 14, 2013 03:43 PM

                                              Oh, I would never say anything, and I would do my best to make sure you didn't know I thought you were weird.

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                                                linguafood Oct 14, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                Whew. Thanks for letting me sleep tonight.

                                          2. re: coll
                                            sunshine842 Oct 14, 2013 06:48 PM

                                            because we like it?

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                                              Chemicalkinetics Oct 14, 2013 07:05 PM

                                              Because it me of being a kid.

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                                                chartreauxx Jan 10, 2014 01:02 PM

                                                i'm 27, and i had to start drinking milk after i entered treatment for anorexia in fall 2013. it's on my meal plan; talk to my dietician about that one. i have really high calcium requirements to keep my bones safe. i've had to drink so much of it in the past year, i've actually developed a taste for it. i do treat it as more of a liquid food than a beverage, though.

                                                it's particularly nice at night, if i need something to keep my tummy full enough to sleep comfortably without having too much to digest. i'll usually drink it alone, though, not with food. if it's with food, it has to be with something sweet (cookie, pbj sandwich, etc). i refuse to drink milk with savory foods, it doesn't taste good to me.

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                                                  sunshine842 Jan 10, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                  do what you need to do to be healthy, chartreauxx

                                                  We're pulling for you.

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                                            kitchengardengal Oct 12, 2013 07:23 AM

                                            Whole wheat anything. I swear, I've given it my best shot, but whole wheat flour ruins all my favorite recipes.... banana bread, oatmeal cookies, bread.
                                            And whole wheat pasta, forget it!

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                                              Chowrin Oct 12, 2013 03:32 PM

                                              ACTUAL whole wheat is known as graham flour and is quite tasty. I recommend it.

                                              What's labeled as whole wheat flour is mostly white flour plus inedibles (the healthy parts of the endosperm being sold to more discerning customers).

                                              I mean, really, who doesn't like true graham crackers
                                              (made in a dehydrator)? ;-)

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                                                foiegras Oct 14, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                I like it half and half for baking certain things, like chocolate chip cookies. You get the nutty flavor without the lead weight.

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                                                  EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:31 PM

                                                  I'm inclined to agree. I've had good whole wheat bread, but not often.

                                                2. mtlcowgirl Oct 12, 2013 08:13 AM

                                                  Spelt pasta. I was given a box once. Cooked it according to package directions and it went straight to the garbage. Just the looks of it was offputting enough to kill my appetite.

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                                                    foiegras Oct 14, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                    So many of the alternative pastas are a disaster ... I would go so far as to say all of them. Corn, Jerusalem artichoke ... God bless the people who are eating that mess for ethical reasons. To me, there is a specific way that pasta should taste, and you get there with durum wheat. End of story.

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                                                      sr44 Oct 14, 2013 08:26 PM

                                                      There are medical reasons to eat non-wheat pastas too.

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                                                        johnb Oct 15, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                        My sweet wife has celiac, so that puts the kabosh on wheat pasta for us. I've tried just about everything else but nothing really works, as you said. We eat a lot of potatoes and rice. I've also tried asian noodles (rice obviously) but haven't developed much expertise with them yet; need to keep trying. It's a shame there is no such thing as wheat-free soba noodles, since buckwheat otherwise would be fine.

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                                                          Tripeler Oct 15, 2013 09:17 PM

                                                          There IS "ju-wari soba" (十割そば) noodles made from 100% soba flour, though it is a bit hard to find outside of Japan.

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                                                            johnb Oct 17, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                            I have looked and looked for soba without wheat flour, but to no avail so far. I will have to try to find these things. At least it's good to know they exist. Thanks.

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                                                              Tripeler Jan 16, 2014 06:53 AM

                                                              You could continue to try to find Ju-wari soba in Japanese food markets where you live. It is a bit hard to find here in Japan, but with a little effort it always turns up.

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                                                            mcf Oct 16, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                            The noodles that work best for me, with very high protein and fiber are Exas Explore Asian Golden soybean spaghetti and their mung bean fettucine. Not bitter and gritty like other soy pastas.

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                                                              johnb Oct 17, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                              Are those the ones that come in a plastic bag in water?

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                                                                cayjohan Oct 17, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                johnb, I am not familiar with the noodles mcf recommends, but if you are looking at noodles in a water-filled bag, you may be looking at konnyaku or shiritaki noodles. I have used them, and while others may disagree on the chewy-slipperiness of the noodles, I like them. You can only know if you try. I, too, am celiac, and would love to find a source for 100% buckwheat soba. So far, no luck; but I haven't been focusing so much on it lately.

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                                                              DuchessNukem Oct 17, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                              Johnb, Eden has a 100% buckwheat soba but it is still "produced on equipment that also handles wheat and eggs" and that may be unacceptable for y'all. Here's the link.

                                                              http://www.edenfoods.com/store/produc...

                                                        2. Cherylptw Oct 12, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                          Beets...I've never liked them; I grew some this summer just so I can work my way into them but they sat in my fridge until I threw them out. I did pickle the beet greens and they were good but the beet itself, no.

                                                          Coconut; ever since I was little, I never liked it. I like coconut milk when I use it in curries or soups but the coconut itself is something I avoid.

                                                          V8 and tomato juices are things I can't drink out of a glass but I use them all the time in soups.

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                                                            viperlush Oct 12, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                            Oh beets. I have a bag of them sitting in my fridge from last weeks CSA. I know I will have to cook and ear them at some point, but I really don't want to.

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                                                              wonderwoman Oct 12, 2013 07:01 PM

                                                              try roasting some of them with other root vegetables. i've never been a big beet fan, but combined with carrots, parsnips, turnips, onions, potatoes, they look pretty and the flavors mix well.

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                                                                viperlush Oct 12, 2013 08:20 PM

                                                                Nope. Don't like mixing roast veggies either.

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                                                                Cherylptw Oct 12, 2013 09:19 PM

                                                                I love dried veggie chips, haven't tried the beet variety yet. Even though I can't stand beets, I'm game to use my mandolin to slice up a beet and make chips in the oven just so I can say I did it. This may be the only way I can get them to go down.

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                                                                  sisterfunkhaus Jan 12, 2014 04:19 PM

                                                                  Roasted with goat or blue cheese, yum. In salads is good too.

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                                                                  mcel215 Oct 12, 2013 02:40 PM

                                                                  Oh yes, me too. Beets taste terrible to me too.

                                                                  And I cannot get myself to eat okra or liver either.

                                                                  www.saffron215.blogspot.com

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                                                                    suzigirl Oct 12, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                    I love okra, but only when its pickled or fried and no longer good for you.

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                                                                      Cherylptw Oct 12, 2013 09:00 PM

                                                                      LOVE okra any way I can get it...not too fond of beef liver, I eat it maybe once a year but I like fried chicken livers.

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                                                                        Tripeler Oct 13, 2013 01:33 AM

                                                                        I love okra pretty much any way it can be prepared, but this year we have been able to get (in Tokyo) some very fresh and beautiful okra, and while I just LOVE fried okra, this year's okra has been best boiled lightly and eaten pretty much plain.

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                                                                          EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:35 PM

                                                                          I like okra so much that when I go to the u-pick farms I'll eat a bunch of it raw while I'm picking it.

                                                                          And beets are so wonderful to me, I can't believe that people don't like them

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                                                                            Tripeler Jan 20, 2014 12:51 AM

                                                                            Another okra lover here. I will take raw okra pods, slice it finely into little discs, then mix it with natto (fermented soy beans) for a double - gooey treat. Sort of like snot-meets-snot, but luscious in its own healthy way.

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                                                                              Tokyoite Jan 23, 2014 06:46 PM

                                                                              dont forget the nagaimo for an extra bit of gooeyness! Yum!

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                                                                                Tripeler Jan 23, 2014 06:59 PM

                                                                                Yeah, great idea.

                                                                    2. re: Cherylptw
                                                                      Rilke Oct 12, 2013 03:08 PM

                                                                      +1 on beets. I am sad when I see them in salads and other dishes that I would otherwise want. I just . . . can't.

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                                                                        Cherylptw Oct 12, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                        I know....but this spring I worked for a client and made a roasted beet salad with diced green apples, sweet & savory pecans and Dijon vinaigrette over a bed of mixed lettuces with a scoop of goat cheese to serve...it looked pretty and they enjoyed it....I tried all components excepts the beets for quality assurance....

                                                                         
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                                                                          Rilke Oct 14, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                          Sub sweet potatoes or butternut squash for the beets and feta for the chevre and I would be all over that.

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                                                                            Cherylptw Oct 15, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                            I'm with you on all accounts; I love squash & feta, don't like goat cheese at all but my clients loved it. It would probably be great with roasted squash.

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                                                                            Jerseygirl111 Oct 15, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                            That salad looks fantastic.

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                                                                          sunshine842 Oct 12, 2013 04:54 PM

                                                                          Ugh, beets. Works out okay, because DH can't stand them, either, so they just never are an issue at home.

                                                                          Went to a dinner party last week, though, and the appetizer was beets. I would never tell the hostess this, but I was secretly glad that the dish didn't have a lot of flavor, because it meant I didn't taste beets, either. DH and I were remarkably mature, and ate the whole dish without gagging.

                                                                          One of my team drinks spirulina smoothies in the mornings -- I know it's supposed to be healthy, but yecch. I just can't bring myself to drink something thick and green.

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                                                                            EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                            That's one reason why I like the tablets. Spirulina, not beets.

                                                                          2. re: Cherylptw
                                                                            MplsM ary Oct 12, 2013 11:49 PM

                                                                            I have never liked beets until recently I was served a salad with some raw shredded beets on top. I thought I'd better try them, just to be sure I still hated beets and - they were so not beet-y! No weird bo smell and they were tasty! Of course they were a small addition to the salad and at that rate it would take me a week to eat one beet. Still, there may be hope to reform my beet hater lurking within. That said, I adore beet greens. I could eat them morning, noon and night.

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                                                                              johnb Oct 14, 2013 07:18 PM

                                                                              Oh my! When I'm at an ice cream place with all those flavors to choose from among, my strategy is to narrow it down to the ones that have have coconut and then select from those. Love the stuff.

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                                                                                Cherylptw Oct 15, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                                                I have really tried to at least like it but I just can't...I'm a chocoholic; my aunt makes the most fabulous chocolate cake but she messes it up by putting coconut over the top. It makes me sad....

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                                                                              Bkeats Oct 12, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                              I eat things that taste good. I don't eat something just because it's supposed to be good for you. By the way, it don't think V8 is good for you. Sodium content is ridiculously high. I think it tastes fine but I never drink it because I think it's good for me. I do think its a good hangover remedy though. It ok not to like somethings that everyone else says you should eat.

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                                                                                mcf Oct 12, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                                the potasssium is very high, too. Best sports drink around for that reason. Nothing's wrong with salt, especially with potassium. Veggies are high in both, that's one of the reasons they're good for you; essential minerals.

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                                                                                  susancinsf Oct 14, 2013 06:52 PM

                                                                                  I love V-8 (but not the reduced sodium version), and the only reason I don't drink it for breakfast every morning is the sodium content (and the cost). That said, it is funny that it is mentioned as a sport drink, because it tastes best to me after a long hike. When I was younger and did a lot of backpacking,my tradition as soon as I came out of the back country was to head to the nearest store, buy V-8 and beer, and chug a can of each in that order! The thought kept me going down the trail :-)

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                                                                                    mcf Oct 16, 2013 11:16 AM

                                                                                    My husband drinks it post workout and takes it in his golf bag, too (he likes to walk with a hand cart, so puts on mileage). I love me some salt, and it lowers my blood pressure, but I'm not into the carbs from it.

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                                                                                      Tara57 Oct 17, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                      Gently mix the cold V8 and beer together and add a dash of hot sauce, maybe a squeeze of lime or lemon. So good on a hot day!

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                                                                                    chartreauxx Oct 12, 2013 03:05 PM

                                                                                    agree with mcf; sodium and potassium content is neither good nor bad by nature. if you need a low-sodium diet, then high sodium content is something to watch. if you're like me, with low blood pressure, things high in salt are a-ok. a lot of good/bad food labeling does tend to come from blanket assumptions, but the reality is every"body" (and thus, everybody's needs) are a little bit different when it comes to food. so few things, except "non-food" items such as trans-fats, are good OR bad for everybody out there.

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                                                                                      mcf Oct 12, 2013 03:22 PM

                                                                                      When my bp goes up, salt lowers it, too. Very few people get ht from salt, especially. Especially salt with potassium.

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                                                                                        chartreauxx Oct 12, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                        true that, and i agree with you! but it certainly has that reputation in popular perception, so i thought it made sense to address that in the context of a thread about what people "say" is "good" for you :-)

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                                                                                        sisterfunkhaus Jan 12, 2014 04:23 PM

                                                                                        I have low BP as well. I love not having to worry about salt.

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                                                                                          LMAshton Jan 12, 2014 08:59 PM

                                                                                          I have low BP as well. I have to make sure I take enough salt. On bad days, I have to take even more.

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                                                                                            fldhkybnva Jan 12, 2014 09:28 PM

                                                                                            Me too, on bad days when I stand a lot my doctor recommends bouillon in water

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                                                                                              LMAshton Jan 14, 2014 05:17 PM

                                                                                              I keep pedialyte in stock. It's the local hydration salts packet for children who vomit or have too much diarrhea. Generally tastes not great, but does the job when I'm in trouble.

                                                                                              Another local remedy is king coconut water. Apparently, its electrolytes are a good balance for hydrating us humans.

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                                                                                                suzigirl Jan 14, 2014 05:46 PM

                                                                                                I also keep pedialyte in the house for when I am in trouble. I keep the unflavored because the flavored tastes like melted popsicles and cough syrup to me. I cannot stomach that taste when I am attacking, but I need the electrolytes. I mix it with koolaid mix to make it taste tolerable.

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                                                                                                  LMAshton Jan 15, 2014 12:45 AM

                                                                                                  We haven't ever seen unflavored, only lime, which is okay enough, and orange, which is vile. But that was in Sri Lanka where variety is not the word of the day.

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                                                                                                    suzigirl Jan 15, 2014 11:36 AM

                                                                                                    I buy the apple flavored powder. It is actually pretty tasty.

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                                                                                                      LMAshton Jan 15, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                      I've never seen it. I didn't know it even existed.

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                                                                                                        suzigirl Jan 17, 2014 02:31 PM

                                                                                                        It is the most tolerable of them all. And you can make half a sleeve and save it for later, unlike the liquid that needs to be tossed after two days.

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                                                                                                          LMAshton Jan 19, 2014 11:50 PM

                                                                                                          I haven't come across the liquid, either. I only ever get the powder. As you say, it can be partially used and the rest saved for later, which I do.

                                                                                    2. Ttrockwood Oct 12, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                      I use v8 for cooking (tomato soup, for bloody marys, as part of the broth for cooking grains) but drinking a glass isn't my first choice.

                                                                                      I like most "healthy" foods, but wheatgrass seriously tastes like lawn.
                                                                                      I wish i liked bananas, but i have tried many times and its not happening.

                                                                                      I'm open minded and will try anything once, or sometimes a few times but there are more than enough nutritious foods i enjoy, so i don't worry about the fact i hate goji berries and like real salt on my food.

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                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Oct 15, 2013 10:18 AM

                                                                                        So true on the wheatgrass!

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                                                                                        BuildingMyBento Oct 12, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                        Cucumber juice. Somehow or other, I was able to take more sips (as in, two) of a durian shake than of warm cucumber juice.
                                                                                        With ice, it might be a different story.

                                                                                        1. suzigirl Oct 12, 2013 02:35 PM

                                                                                          Milk. I know its good for me but yuk to a cold glass.
                                                                                          Liver
                                                                                          Winter squash

                                                                                          1. tcamp Oct 12, 2013 02:49 PM

                                                                                            Quinoa. Lord knows I've tried but we just don't have any chemistry.

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                                                                                              512window Oct 13, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                                                              I'm with you there - it has a funny taste to me.

                                                                                              I also hate sweet potatoes.

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                                                                                              OhioHound Oct 12, 2013 04:18 PM

                                                                                              Coconut water. I've tried it several times, and it always ends up being thrown out!

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                                                                                                pickledtink Oct 13, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                                                                Eew. Yeah, I tried it earlier this year (it's *everywhere* now!) and I think I was expecting something amazingly thirst-quenching, given its popularity. I was underwhelmed.

                                                                                                1. re: OhioHound
                                                                                                  viperlush Oct 13, 2013 08:35 PM

                                                                                                  Not a fan of the stuff. On my last vacation the boys would climb the trees, get coconuts, cut off the top, find straws and then give them to us to drink. I felt so bad. I would take a couple sips before tossing them.

                                                                                                  1. re: viperlush
                                                                                                    sunshine842 Oct 14, 2013 03:58 AM

                                                                                                    I really like coconut water from a fresh coconut -- the packaged stuff is pleh.

                                                                                                    You do know that for boys the object was obtaining the coconuts, not your refreshment, right? (I have boys...)

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                                                                                                    antimony Oct 15, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                    When I'm exercising and dehydrated, it tastes like the heavens are opening and a choir of angels is trumpeting its arrival in my mouth. The rest of the time I find it tastes like plastic that's gone off somehow -- foul.

                                                                                                    1. re: OhioHound
                                                                                                      LMAshton Oct 15, 2013 05:47 PM

                                                                                                      I love coconut water from king coconuts, not so much from the more common coconuts. King coconut is a different variety with an orange husk.

                                                                                                    2. cookie monster Oct 12, 2013 04:43 PM

                                                                                                      Fish. Any kind, any preparation. I really really don't like it. I wish I did, because as it stands I probably eat more red meat than if good for me because I need my protein and chicken gets boring.

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                                                                                                        foiegras Oct 14, 2013 08:29 PM

                                                                                                        Yeah, I have fish issues too. It's a texture thing. I'll eat it fried or crudo, and not soo crazy about the crudo. I will try it grilled or whatever, but ... and the skin is the worst. Don't talk to me about the skin.

                                                                                                      2. bagelman01 Oct 12, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                        Yogurt
                                                                                                        Squash
                                                                                                        Beets
                                                                                                        Peas
                                                                                                        Raw tomatoes -ketchup-tomato juice-V8
                                                                                                        Cottage Cheese

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                                                                                                          Cherylptw Oct 12, 2013 09:04 PM

                                                                                                          Funny; when I was a kid, I really disliked any tomatoes in a non ketchup form. Now, I like tomatoes but don't care too much for ketchup except when I use it in homemade BBQ sauce

                                                                                                        2. ipsedixit Oct 12, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                                          Butter

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                                                                                                            fldhkybnva Oct 13, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                            I am with you on this ipsedixit. I do use it frequently but usually no more than a pat, even for a compound butter. I like the flavor but something about the mouthfeel and I don't love it plastered on anything like some do - eggs, steak, occasional toast, otherwise no.

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                                                                                                              INDIANRIVERFL Oct 15, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                                              My Screaming Yellow Zonkers last night set me back a whole stick. And well worth it.

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                                                                                                              TroyTempest Jan 20, 2014 06:48 AM

                                                                                                              ..and it's so good for you, too.

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                                                                                                              ahuva Oct 12, 2013 07:11 PM

                                                                                                              amen to kale. i know i'm supposed to be excited by all of its healthy and tasty opportunities (eight great new recipes for kale! ten fall-tastic uses for kale!) but i just can't.

                                                                                                              1. Chemicalkinetics Oct 12, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                I don't eat kale enough to form an opinion, but I definitely do not hate it. As for V8, I love V8. It was one of my most favor drink when I was younger.

                                                                                                                Let's see what foods are supposed to be good for me and I don't care for.

                                                                                                                Actually, I think I like every so called good foods. I don't often eat breakfast because I often wake up too late to eat breakfast (skip breakfast probably 75% of the time). So you can say that I don't eat breakfasts even they are good for me.

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                                                                                                                  sueatmo Oct 12, 2013 08:39 PM

                                                                                                                  I eat braised kale, although it isn't my favorite. I think it is good in winter soups too.

                                                                                                                  I will drink the lower sodium V8 and think it is fine.

                                                                                                                  I can't bear tofu. I guess I can't eat anything that is gray. It just isn't appetizing to me. And the flavor is meh.

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                                                                                                                    MplsM ary Oct 12, 2013 11:52 PM

                                                                                                                    If the tofu you've come across is grey, then you probably shouldn't be eating it anyway.

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                                                                                                                      sunshine842 Oct 13, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                      during the cooking process, it seems to absorb only the grey tones of the spectrum of the dish.

                                                                                                                      Nasty texture, missing flavor, and off colors. Tasty.

                                                                                                                      And I've tried. Fried, sauteed, tossed into stir-frys. Yuck.

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                                                                                                                        linguafood Oct 13, 2013 10:54 AM

                                                                                                                        You should try mapo tofu some time. It'll make you see the light.

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                                                                                                                          sunshine842 Oct 13, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                          Nope. It's in the "don't bother" category.

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                                                                                                                            linguafood Oct 13, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                                                            Your loss.

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                                                                                                                              alliegator Oct 13, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                              Agreed. There is so much flavor in this dish. Totally changed my husband in to a yes to tofu guy.

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                                                                                                                                linguafood Oct 13, 2013 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                                I was on the tofu hating side of life. No more (still don't have a *love* affair with it), and this dish is 100% responsible.

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                                                                                                                            Chemicalkinetics Oct 13, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                            <You should try mapo tofu some time. It'll make you see the light.>

                                                                                                                            Yes, when you eat super spicy/hot food, you can see flashes and sprinklings in your eyes.

                                                                                                                          3. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                            Chemicalkinetics Oct 13, 2013 11:38 AM

                                                                                                                            Interesting. If you don't like tofu texture, then I must say there are many tofu from very chewy to very tender. If you don't like the gray color, then I will say that most tofu I know is not gray.

                                                                                                                            Try steamed silken tofu dishes. They are very white and require next to no skill to make:

                                                                                                                            http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2096/2248400412_406e834f71.jpg

                                                                                                                            http://lh6.ggpht.com/_V0CoK16CILc/TIXFGnqOuKI/AAAAAAAAJBA/M7pe_iiTTaw/s800/%E8%9D%A6%E8%86%A0%E8%92%B8%E8%B1%86%E8%85%90%20Steamed%20Tofu%20with%20Shrimp%20Paste02.jpg

                                                                                                                            http://amouthfulloflove.files.wordpre...

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                                                                                                                              sunshine842 Oct 13, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                              guys and gals, there is nothing wrong with my palate -- beets, hot dogs and tofu are the only three commonly-found things that I simply. don't. like. In a social situation, I'll eat them to be polite, but I have tried them all prepared in a multitude of ways and I just. don't. like. them.

                                                                                                                              Silken, firm, as protein substitutes, in stirfries, on its own -- tofu is the pleh in my book. I have zero guilt about not liking it -- I have tried it many, many times over the years, so I've given it more than a fair shake.

                                                                                                                              One more time -- it's not grey in the package -- it just seems to only absorb the most unappetizing colors of whatever it's cooked with.

                                                                                                                              I don't need to try anybody's version -- thanks, but I'm good.

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                                                                                                                                viperlush Oct 13, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                But have you tried a tofu hotdog boiled in beet juice? That I'm sure you will enjoy.

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                                                                                                                                  sunshine842 Oct 13, 2013 02:07 PM

                                                                                                                                  I saw someone advertising root canals without anesthesia. I'll be down there while you enjoy your mess.

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                                                                                                                                    Chemicalkinetics Oct 13, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                    I think that deserve a separate topic. Combing things which you don't like into something you like.

                                                                                                                                    I will go first. I am not a big fan of plain walnut and plain cookies, but I like walnut cookies. I am not a big fan of plain sashimi and plain rice, but I like sushi. I can go on and on.

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                                                                                                                                      foiegras Oct 14, 2013 08:33 PM

                                                                                                                                      I like hot dogs and beets, and your 'dish' has me gagging ... but I'm sure it will be just the thing to change sunshine's mind ;)

                                                                                                                                    2. re: sunshine842
                                                                                                                                      Chemicalkinetics Oct 13, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                      <guys and gals, there is nothing wrong with my palate>

                                                                                                                                      I know, I know. I wasn't going to convince or change you. I just thought you somehow only had grey tofu, and that you should try the "not grey" tofu, but if you have tried plenty tofu, then it is all fine.

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                                                                                                                                Michelle Oct 17, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                Tofu is digusting, hate the texture and the taste!

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                                                                                                                                autumm Oct 12, 2013 09:24 PM

                                                                                                                                having a current tequila aversion. My mental status is now questionable with just rum and gin to help us out

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                                                                                                                                  INDIANRIVERFL Oct 13, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                                                                  My tequila aversion was due to a Tequila Summer almost 40 years ago. Just started again a few years ago. And still can't touch it straight.

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                                                                                                                                    coll Oct 13, 2013 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                    Something about tequila, I once had too much as a teenager and didn't touch it again for maybe 10 or 20 years. I'm OK now though!

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                                                                                                                                      Pwmfan Oct 13, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                                                      Me too! About the same time frame. Triple shots of rot gut for $.60 at a local dive ended my tequila consumption forever. To this day the very smell of it makes me queasy.

                                                                                                                                      And of course it should be considered in the "good for me" category - all that vitamin C from the lime!

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                                                                                                                                      kitchengardengal Oct 13, 2013 08:20 AM

                                                                                                                                      Pretty funny that tequila is an answer to things that "I know are good for me....."
                                                                                                                                      ;-)

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                                                                                                                                        cookie monster Oct 13, 2013 09:16 AM

                                                                                                                                        Yes, I was wondering about that too. I view my tequila aversion (25 years and counting) as a positive for my health and I haven't tried to overcome it.

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                                                                                                                                          coll Oct 14, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                          Well it feels good, doesn't that count?

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                                                                                                                                            INDIANRIVERFL Oct 15, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                                                                                            As opposed to can't feel a thing?

                                                                                                                                            And alcohol has many health benefits. I am sure I can find it someplace on the internet. So it must be true.

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                                                                                                                                              coll Oct 16, 2013 02:38 AM

                                                                                                                                              So my doctor tells me, when consumed in moderation. The moderation part is the trick.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: autumm
                                                                                                                                          EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                          Oh heavens- send me all your tequila. I love it. rather too much, I think sometimes.

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                                                                                                                                            Tripeler Jan 20, 2014 12:53 AM

                                                                                                                                            Try tequila half-and-half with boiling water. Pop in a few cloves if you like. Really revs your engine.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: autumm
                                                                                                                                            TroyTempest Jan 20, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                            dude, the title of this post is
                                                                                                                                            "i know it is good for me..."
                                                                                                                                            Tequila, really? Tequila has never done anything good for me. Oh, i thought it did, but the next morning, i found out otherwise.

                                                                                                                                          3. alliegator Oct 13, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                                            Whole wheat pasta. Instead of leaving me pleasantly satisfied, it goes down into my belly it magically changes into a cinder block. At least that's what it feels like.

                                                                                                                                            1. Kat Oct 13, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                              Same for me with both V8 and tomato juice. Makes me gag. Kale I like when I roast it until crispy and coat lightly with olive oil and salt, like healthy chips.

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                                                                                                                                                pickledtink Oct 13, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                Bananas. It's not so much the taste, but the texture. I can't do it!

                                                                                                                                                Also, as much as I love things salty and brined, I have had a really hard time getting into olives of any kind. I keep trying because I feel like there must be something I'm not getting, but I haven't seen much improvement.

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                                                                                                                                                  sunshine842 Oct 13, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                  try a European-style olive -- I like black olives, but they're best on pizza, etc. I'll eat Spanish (green with pimiento) olives, but they're not my favorite.

                                                                                                                                                  French olives cured in herbs and olive oil...tiny Nicoise olives...bright-green Italian Piccolinis... I never liked olives until I got to Europe and started trying the beautiful olives they sell in the marketplace. It was like "Oh, THIS is what they're supposed to taste like!'

                                                                                                                                                  Good olives are tragically hard to find in the US....but keep searching - it's worh it.

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                                                                                                                                                    viperlush Oct 13, 2013 08:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                    So does that mean that banana bread or dried banana chips are ok? Since the texture is different. What about plantains? Or is the texture too close to banana.

                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried olives cooked in a dish? Like puttenesca sauce or a tapenade? Or even a bloody mary or martini?

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                                                                                                                                                      janetofreno Oct 14, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                      With you on the bananas, but that's no secret to anyone who knows me. And I agree, its definitely the texture....I have been known to eat banana bread or banana cream pie if it doesn't have any actual PIECES of banana in it....

                                                                                                                                                      My husband gets very upset with me, he loves bananas, and sees them as the perfect cure for leg cramps (potassium). And lately I seem to be getting leg cramps occasionally (usually after over-exertion in hot weather), and DH will start in with the "this wouldn't happen if you would just eat bananas" thing. Ugh. Then he tries to get me to drink Gatorade instead (for the electrolytes) but that's the other food item I refuse to eat/drink. Tastes like melted Jello. Gross. (I don't even like soft Jello. It has to be rock hard or I won't eat it...:-)

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                                                                                                                                                        johnb Oct 15, 2013 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                        How about banana smoothies? They could even be made with proper electrolytes. Or just slip in a little Gatorade ;)

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                                                                                                                                                          janetofreno Oct 15, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                          no, no, no. Bananas in smoothies just invariably don't get smoothied enough. I can still taste that gritty mushiness. ich.

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                                                                                                                                                            viperlush Oct 15, 2013 02:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                            My dad had esophageal cancer and one of the things he wouldn't eat was bananas because they were gritty and the seeds hurt his throat. Even in a smoothie/ milk shake he felt them. I thought he was just being a pain in the ass. Nice knowing that someone else also finds them gritty.

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                                                                                                                                                          Ttrockwood Jan 9, 2014 07:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Just found this chart the other day- and there are seven choices with more potassium than a banana! So buy some dried apricots and leave the bananas to your DH....
                                                                                                                                                          http://www.healthaliciousness.com/art...

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                                                                                                                                                            janetofreno Jan 29, 2014 11:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Very useful, thanks! I love dried apricots and dates, so will just munch on those when the leg cramps start hitting. And since medjool dates are a favorite of DH's we won't have to have that "you should just eat bananas" argument anymore....yeah!

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                                                                                                                                                              nothingswrong Jan 29, 2014 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Potatoes have a ton of potassium. Eat a potato!!

                                                                                                                                                              Or Vitamin Water. I believe one of them is specifically formulated with extra potassium. It's absorbed faster in liquid form and not nearly as disgusting as Gatorade (IMO). I won't touch Gatorade. That stuff--in EVERY flavor--is truly awful.

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                                                                                                                                                            ohmyyum Jan 29, 2014 05:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Coconut water is a godsend, if you happen to like it. Low sodium v8 also contains a significant amount of potassium (because the NaCl is replaced with KCl).

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                                                                                                                                                          Janet from Richmond Oct 14, 2013 06:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Yogurt
                                                                                                                                                          Brown Rice
                                                                                                                                                          Whole Wheat Bread
                                                                                                                                                          Cottage cheese
                                                                                                                                                          grilled, boneless, skinless chicken breasts

                                                                                                                                                          1. NonnieMuss Oct 14, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Salads, kind of. I mean I can eat a salad. I like salad, but it will never be a meal for me. There has to be meat or bread or something. I could eat a salad the size of a garbage can and still crave a "real meal.

                                                                                                                                                            Any kind of meat substitute - even though many aren't particularly "good" for you, just not as bad. Same with any sort of milk/butter/cheese/flour substitute. Rice milk? No thanks. Low-fat/low-sodium butter flavored spread? Nuh-uh.

                                                                                                                                                            I'll jump on the kale bandwagon too - or rather jump off it.

                                                                                                                                                            Since V-8's a big topic, I'll say me too - or even tomato juice. I like tomatoes. I like juice. I can't even drink a bloody mary, even though they look delicious and I like excuses to drink in the morning.

                                                                                                                                                            Brown rice.

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                                                                                                                                                              Janet from Richmond Oct 14, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm with you on meat substitutes! Same with salad as a meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                mcf Oct 14, 2013 11:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                We often eat salad as a meal, but it always has substantial protein on or in it.

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                                                                                                                                                                  cayjohan Oct 14, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  On, in...or alongside. My favorite meal is a protein+leaves. Leaves alone doesn't feel like a meal.

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                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Oct 14, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Leaves, reminds me of "bunny food" which is what my friends and family call sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: NonnieMuss
                                                                                                                                                                fldhkybnva Oct 14, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I never ponder any salad that doesn't include meat. My dad likes to call our family salads "meat with a side of lettuce."

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                                                                                                                                                                  LMAshton Oct 15, 2013 05:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I call that sort of salad a meat salad. People look at me funny until they see exactly what I'm talking about. There was a fast food place in Auckland the husband and I went to and we always got their meat salads. Loved them!

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                                                                                                                                                                    mcf Oct 16, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    One of my food obsessions this year is chicken Milanese; I just love piling the salad atop pounded, fried cutlets and putting a great EVOO, fresh lemon juice and salt all over it.

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                                                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva Oct 16, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      This sounds great, and just as easy as you say or is there more to it? No recipe I imagine?

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                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Oct 16, 2013 04:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        1 lb pork tenderloin cut crosswise into 12 medallions
                                                                                                                                                                        : 3TBS plus 2 tsps extra virgin olive oil, divided
                                                                                                                                                                        : salt and fresh ground pepper
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1 large crisp apple cored and cut into medium dice
                                                                                                                                                                        : 2 celery stalks, cut into medium dice
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1/4 large red onion, sliced medium thick
                                                                                                                                                                        : 8 lightly packed qts factory washed baby spinach
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1/4 cup each dried cranberries and walnut pieces
                                                                                                                                                                        : 1 TB balsamic vinegar

                                                                                                                                                                        INSTRUCTIONS:

                                                                                                                                                                        : Heat a large skillet over high heat. While it heats, toss pork medallions
                                                                                                                                                                        : with 2 tsps of oil and a light sprinkling of salt and pepper (I used
                                                                                                                                                                        : extra of all three). Add medallions to pan and cook until well browned
                                                                                                                                                                        : on one side 3-4 minutes then turn and cook until just
                                                                                                                                                                        : cooked through, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate to rest.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Heat 1 TBS of oil in the hot skillet, add apples, celery and onion;
                                                                                                                                                                        : saute until golden brown, just crisp tender, about 2 minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Meanwhile, place spinach, cranberries, walnuts in a large bowl. Add
                                                                                                                                                                        : remaining two TBS oil and sprinkle with salt and fresh pepper; toss to
                                                                                                                                                                        : coat. Add pork juices and vinegar. Add warm vegetables and give it a
                                                                                                                                                                        : final toss, adjusting flavors, including more vinegar if necessary.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Divide salad among 4 plates; top each with a portion of warm pork and
                                                                                                                                                                        : serve.
                                                                                                                                                                        : Per serving: 370 calories, 24 gms carbohydrates, 26 grams protein, 20
                                                                                                                                                                        : gms fat (3 saturated), 74 mg cholesterol, 5 gm dietary fiber, 156 mg sodium.

                                                                                                                                                                        NOTES:

                                                                                                                                                                        Use very small granny apple, unsweetened dried cranberries to lower carbs or soak sweetened ones in water ahd halve the amount of them.. Also just about as good without apple at all. Good low carb dinner for 2, not four. I use more oil for the pork than called for here, too.

                                                                                                                                                                        There's always some leftover salad, and Tom had slices of last night's flank steak with some of it. Couldn't hurt to make another tenderloin, either.

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh, wait, you asked about Milanese! I either buy or make pounded, breaded cutlets and top with either baby arugula or mixed baby lettuces, lots of halved cherry, grape or baby kumato tomatoes add s and fgbp, evoo and fresh lemon juice, including a squeeze for the warm cutlets. Super easy. I just slice bscb in half, pound the halves, dip in egg, then some almond meal, a bit of panko and sometimes some parmesan and cook til golden.

                                                                                                                                                                2. rockandroller1 Oct 14, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Many previously mentioned, including brown rice and wheat pasta. also chia. It SMELLS so bad.

                                                                                                                                                                  Add to that list - quinoa. Just no.

                                                                                                                                                                  And yeah, fish. Yes, pretty much all fish. I can eat a really, really plain whitefish if it doesn't taste like fish AT ALL and is breaded and fried and served with chips and vinegar, but then it's really no longer good for you, is it.

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                                                                                                                                                                    firecooked Oct 14, 2013 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    So is the smell you get from brown rice and wheat pasta kind of a rancid smell? If so, it really is the oils going rancid and the product should be pitched out. I store whole grain products (as well as nuts) in the refrigerator or freezer unless its something that I will use up in a month or two.

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                                                                                                                                                                      rockandroller1 Oct 15, 2013 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      No, I mean chia smells bad :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      NonnieMuss Oct 14, 2013 10:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Cannot beLIEVE I forgot fish. All fish - no matter how fried and breaded and sauced it is.

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                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Chia smells bad? I've never noticed any smell whatsoever. I hope yours wasn't rancid.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. rmarisco Oct 14, 2013 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        currently (the last year or so) both eggplant and asparagus are topping the list. not sure why - used to love them both. i keep thinking of the texture of cooked eggplant, and the smell of asparagus and just..want..to..gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Smorgasbord Oct 15, 2013 06:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Green tea. I know you don't technically eat it, but it's always touted as being so good for you, and I think it tastes nasty- reminiscent of how moldy grass smells. I've tried all types, brands, loose leaf, flavoured, etc.; it all tastes vile to me.

                                                                                                                                                                          [I like green tea ice cream, though.... but no health benefits there, i'm sure :) ]

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                                                                                                                                                                            Jerseygirl111 Oct 15, 2013 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Brussel sprouts. I love, love, love cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower. Why don't I like brussel sprouts? Nope, not even roasted.

                                                                                                                                                                            Spaghetti squash. No, it's not just like spaghetti.

                                                                                                                                                                            Carrots must be raw or mush, nothing in between.

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                                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva Oct 15, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm trying to like sprouts too, love cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower not so much but it's ok.

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                                                                                                                                                                                foiegras Oct 15, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Deep-fried cauliflower (as found on Mediterranean buffets) is the bomb. I won't eat it any other way (willingly).

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                                                                                                                                                                                  linguafood Oct 15, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah. One of my favorite additions to a falafel or shwarma sandwich. Or just as is, with a little squeeze of lemon and/or tahini sauce. Yowzah.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva Oct 15, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Deep fried anything tends to be pretty good :) I did try cauliflower pizza crust once and other than a soggy mess, the taste wasn't too revolting but I'd never buy it to eat straight up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't figure out why anybody likes spaghetti squash! It's like squash that mutated and got all stringy and tasteless.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    kitchengardengal Jan 24, 2014 12:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I like spaghetti squash with a really good marinara drowning it, and a ton of freshly grated pecorino romano.
                                                                                                                                                                                    As long as I'm on Weight Watchers, it makes a pretty good low-points dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      coll Jan 25, 2014 04:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I also do the red sauce and parmesan, with a good heaping of pesto, the only way I really like spaghetti squash. I can eat it for days that way.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. ipsedixit Oct 16, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Milk

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                                                                                                                                                                                    recklace99 Jan 9, 2014 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    I cannot believe nobody has mentioned black-eyed peas. When I flat-out refused to eat those disgusting things one New Years' Day, my mother-in-law-to-be tried to convince my (now) husband that I wasn't the one for him!
                                                                                                                                                                                    I receive purple hull peas in my Greenling box occasionally and they are donated immediately to a coworker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      foiegras Jan 10, 2014 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I really like them fresh ... out of a can not so much.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm not kale's biggest fan, but recently I bought baby kale mix (with baby spinach, which is what I was looking for but couldn't seem to find, baby chard, and shredded carrot). I added some last night to a pasta dish & it was perfectly fine (if a little astringent against my teeth, if that's the right word). I guess baby kale is to kale what kittens are to cats ... (I'm a dog person who can't resist kittens, but is uncharmed by an adult cat sinking its claws into me.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        sunshine842 Jan 10, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Publix had one of their Aprons recipes last week that was sautéed chicken over a warm baby kale salad -- I think made with the mix that you describe.

                                                                                                                                                                                        It was delicious!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      thinks too much Jan 10, 2014 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Egg white omelets. Without the yolk, there is no point.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        EWSflash Jan 17, 2014 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I got an egg white omelet once at work, they poured it out of a carton. It looked like snot and smelled like a fart. I've always wondered if fresh would be better but haven't felt the need to make it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          fldhkybnva Jan 20, 2014 06:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I never eat egg white omelets but egg white scrambled and frittatas are a daily occurrence. I have no idea but I love them. Omelets must include whole eggs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          kagemusha49 Jan 10, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Humble pie

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Rilke Jan 13, 2014 05:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hahaha! That can be particularly tough to swallow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              foiegras Jan 16, 2014 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Please post the recipe. Sounds delish. I think my mother used to make it ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jbsiegel Jan 16, 2014 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Any of those horrible looking green smoothies/juice. Just can't go there - simply because they look so awful!

                                                                                                                                                                                              And I agree with all the people on the whole wheat and brown grains. Yes...edible (kinda), but I greatly prefer some nice over-processed white stuff!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                sunshine842 Jan 16, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                YES on the green stuff. It could be kiwi, which I love, but I just. can't. drink. green. stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I do, however, lovelovelove wild rice and brown rice and all kinds of grains.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. weezieduzzit Jan 20, 2014 07:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                Offal. I would love to take advantage of the nutrition benefits of organ meats but no matter how many times I try them I just don't like them. Too rich, too gelatinous, too metallic, and many times just too overpowering.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  LMAshton Jan 23, 2014 06:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So with you on this.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can handle chicken gizzards when curried using my mother in law's recipe. I can handle liver when it's made into liverwurst. But that's it. My husband, on the other hand, along with everyone he's related to, loves it all. Brains, intestines, liver, whatever. He loves it all.

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