Thursday, July 31, 2008

Blueberry Denial

I have tried for the majority of my pregnancy to like blueberries. When I grab breakfast in our subsidized cafeteria in the morning I would add it to my yogurt or fruit bowl. Blueberries are a big discussion topic at my Firm. In the morning and at lunch you see employees proudly filling their bowls knowing they have healthy eating habits. At night associates who eat dinner in the cafeteria debate the quality of that night's offering. If the cafeteria ever fails to have blueberries someone is sure to complain.

It is time to come clean. There is just nothing special about blueberries. They are not sweet or juicy or sharp and tangy but boring. Give me a nice ripe strawberry instead or a mound of watermelon (which, by the way, is excellent for gestational diabetes because it is low in sugar content (mostly water) and high in fiber).

Couple my disinterest in blueberries with ambivalence about CSAs and I will have to admit the truth: I will never be a marathon running, fruits and vegetables type girl. While the GD has forced me to eat healthier (with some minor cheating) I'm looking forward to the reintroduction of pasta, ice cream and the occasional french fry back into my diet after the tykes are born.

Anyone else feel the need to unburden themselves of foods they "should" like but just can't?

12 comments:

Theresa said...

You are eating the wrong blueberries, my friend :-)

Nancy said...

Oh, I soooo agree. Blueberries are boring!!

Rebecca said...

Corn on the cob! Everyone loves it, gets all excited when it's in season. Ick. It gets stuck in your teeth, you cover it in butter and then it's awful for you (and still doesn't taste that good). This time of the year, it is everywhere.

Now blueberries, I like.

Theresa said...

I totally agree with Rebecca on corn on the cob. Blech. Corn itself isn't even that good for you, it's all sugar. And then you add butter. Never been a fan.

I also don't like cherries, fresh, marachino or otherwise. I just don't get the appeal.

I still haven't developed a taste for hearty greens like kale, callaloo, etc. It seems like you have to basically fry it with tons of butter and add a bunch of crap to make it edible. I'd be interested to hear some recipes from those kale lovers out there, since I'd really like to eat it.

I think that's about it. I do enjoy my food.

LauraC said...

Kale and beets. They show up in every CSA to which I've belonged (apparently I am a cool kid!) and I was a vegetarian for 10+ years and I still hate kale and beets.

And blueberries! Hate those too!

Einat said...

Yogurt. Yarf.

SMNYC said...

I choke on cauliflower every time I eat it and it makes me cough. Does that count?

G. said...

Okay, I agree - you're eating the wrong blueberries. But I also agree strawberries beat blueberries hands-down. As for corn, I like fresh, cut off the cob, corn. Not boiled. Not buttered. But if you don't get it at peak it's gummy. Yuck. T - I agree kale is hard to stomach - I'll have to send you a recipe I have for kale and swiss cheese bake. Although I know adding cheese doesn't really keep it healthy...hmm...

My perpetual dislikes: onions. things related to onions (like scallions). brussel sprouts and cabbage in general.

Theresa said...

Thanks G! Do you have any cheese-free kale recipes, by any chance? Rob doesn't eat cheese.

Speaking of which, let's go through my husband's dislikes. When I first met him, he was the pickiest eater ever. I've turned him on to veggies, sushi and pretty much everything else - with the exception of: cheese (unless it's melted mozzarella on a pizza), all condiments (mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish), and mushrooms. Now, the cheese thing is probably a good one from a health perspective, because I don't even really buy cheese anymore. But the mushroom thing kills me. He just won't eat them. I thought that mushrooms had to be one of the most benign things on the planet, but apparently a lot of people don't like them.

A. said...

I would die without cheese. Theresa, you are a stronger woman than me.

My fruit dislike - oranges. The membrane/skin/whatever you want to call it around each section of orange makes me gag.

a crapshack in nova said...

I never met a fruit I didn't like. But I cannot, do not, will not eat tuna fish. Especially not from a can. Smells like cat food, and I am decidedly not a cat.

G. said...

T - here's a kale recipe without cheese - haven't tried it but chili mac sounds like something Rob would be up for, right? http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/